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Welcome to Cozumel in Mexico!

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Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, opposite the popular tourist destination of Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. Cozumel is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place. Cozumel is one of the ten municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is popular tourist destination for its pristine beaches, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Cozumel Island is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Cozumel you may wish to check out the Cozumel hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Cozumel? We also offer extensive day trips in Cozumel. This unique place has simply amazing. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Cozumel Mexico.

The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel. The name Cozumel is derived from the Yucatec Mayan word Kùutsmil, Mayan “Cuzamil” or “Ah Cuzamil Peten” which translated into English means Island of the Swallows. The island was probably named as such by Mayan natives, due to the migrating swallows using the foliage and tress as a nesting ground and, naturally safe haven from land based predators due to the fact it is an island.

Whether you are visiting Cozumel in Mexico for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Cozumel will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Cozumel will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Cozumel Restaurant districts.

Cozumel Island Mexico

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Cozumel offers dazzling white sandy beaches and the remarkable clarity of the multi-hued azure Caribbean ocean in which it calls home. The weather is subtropical & the people natives to Cozumel are all of Mayan descent. The Maya were a culture of farmers, fisherman & warriors who ruled from Campeche to Guatamala for over 2000 years before the arrival of the Spanish Explorers in the 15th Century. They were an advanced civilization, and the legacy of their culture survives in the vestiges of the huge cities that they built during their reign. One of the lesser known sites on the island is called San Gervacio. More recently turned into a park with a restoration project to study the Mayan culture, this was once a sacred Mayan site where Mayan women traveled to worship the goddess Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility. Other captivating sites such as Chichen Itza and its massive pyramids that rival those at Cheops, and Tulum, is located at the only Mayan city built overlooking the sea, and even Tikal in its vibrant jungle settings where wild monkeys still roam, each are an easy one day excursion from Cozumel or Cancun.

Cozumel was just a tiny little fishing community until 1961, when the revered French diver and discoverer Jacques Cousteau declared Cozumel as one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas on the planet. Since then Cozumel has become an underwater marine park to protect the delicate balance of its alluring coral reefs & abundant variety of tropical fish. Its underwater wildlife is absolutely wonderful due to the clarity of the water, you do not have to be a diver to enjoy the underwater life and even with a snorkel and some fins you´ll see lots of marine life.

Cozumel Ferry service

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Cozumel Ferry service

Cozumel´s main ferry operator “Mexico Water Jets” transports you from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel Island in about 35 min. Their fleet of air conditioned passenger ferries with comfortable seating & music videos for the minimal cost of 15 to 20$. We now offer buses on our day trips & excursions page that will take you directly to Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun airport if your vacation is solely at Cozumel these are very convenient. The bus can be arranged just as you leave the airport terminal. If you´re in Cancun however, the trip to Playa takes about 1 hour on the excellent highway. Alternatively you can rent a car in Cancun & come over on the car ferry. This is a little expensive, about $50 US each way but affords more freedom to discover the island where rental cars are a little more expensive. Be sure to check the schedules carefully to be sure you can cross when you wish and keep in mind that renting a car once you arrive in Cozumel is also possible on our Cozumel car rental pages.

Cozumel Carnival

Cozumel Carnival

Carnival Cozumel

Cozumel Carnival or Carnival de Cozumel has been a 139-year tradition that fills Cozumel’s streets with numerous parades. It begins the week before Mardi-Gras and Fat Tuesday in February. Carnival Cozumel is an annual event, and the dates are normally the week before Ash Wednesday and usually begin about 6pm and go along the waterfront street, Avenue Rafael Melgar, from the area of the Palacio Municipal all the way through downtown to the Airport Road. The costumes, floats and dances at the Cozumel Carnival are really amazing as they turn around at the Airport Road and return.

All About Cozumel

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The island is about 48 km (30 mi) long and 16 km (9.9 mi) wide, and is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. It is Mexico’s third-largest island, following Tiburón Island and Isla Ángel de la Guarda islands in Baja California. Cozumel is located some 10 km (6.2 mi) from the mainland, and 90 km (56 mi) south of Cancun and is easily reachable by regular fast water taxis or regular ferry services.

The vast majority of the population of Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel which has an approximate population of 78,000 and is on the island’s western shore. The municipality, which includes two small areas on the mainland situated within the Municipality of Solidaridad with a land area of 10.423 km² (4.024 sq mi), has a total land area of 647.33 km² (249.93 sq mi) making it a relatively large island despite it’s the often mistaken concept of it being tiny.

The land area is covered with an impenetrable jungle which has many endemic animal species. Cozumel Island, including offshore islets, has a further land area of 477.961 km2 (184.542 sq mi). The island is extremely popular year round and is a favorite excursion from the Cancun Hotel Zone.