Introducing Isla Cozumel
An immensely popular diving spot since 1961, when Jacques Cousteau, led by local guides, showed its spectacular reefs to the world, Cozumel lies 71km south of Cancún. Measuring 53km by 14km, it is Mexico’s largest island. Called Ah-Cuzamil-Peten (Island of Swallows) by its earliest inhabitants, Cozumel has become a world-famous diving and cruise ship destination. Hurricane Wilma did some serious damage to the snorkeling sites around the island, but most of the deep-water reefs missed the brunt of the storm. Sadly, the squadrons of eagle rays have dwindled, due to overfishing of the shellfish stocks – no shellfish, no eagle rays.
While diving and snorkeling are the main draws around here, the tourist zone offers lots of shopping ‘deals’ (often not very cheap) and a pleasant town square to spend the afternoon. In February there is a festive Carnaval, which brings dancers festooned with feathers out into the streets. There are also some small Maya ruins and a few eco-themed parks.
Best places to stay in Isla Cozumel
Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan travel guide
Few destinations in Mexico can dazzle you with ancient Maya ruins, azure Caribbean waters and colonial-era cities all in one fell swoop. Actually, there's only one – the Yucatán Peninsula.
Cozumel: Diving & Snorkeling guide
Located off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular in the warm, tropical waters of the western Caribbean, Cozumel Island, with its crystalline waters and colorful reefs, boasts some of the best diving in the world.
Isla Cozumel destination guides
Cozumel Airport Round Trip Transfers
Pre-book your transfers to and from Cozumel Airport and enjoy a hassle free vacation! There's no better way to travel than with a professional and efficient transfer service. Book your Cozumel transfer online now! When you arrive in Cozumel, don't get stressed trying to find your way around a new city after a long flight.
Cozumel Shore Excursion: Jeep and Snorkel Adventure
Maximize your Cozumel shore excursion time when you jump on a Jeep-and-snorkel combination tour! You'll drive through town and around the island, visit an ancient Mayan ruin, then head to the beach to relax and snorkel in Cozumel's tropical waters.