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Top Choice Mexican in Isla Cozumel

Kinta

Putting a gourmet twist on Mexican classics, this chic bistro is one of the best restaurants on the island. The shrimp-and-scallop enchiladas dish is a tried-and-true favorite, and for dessert treat yourself to a bu…
Castle in Isla Cozumel

El Castillo Real

Down the same intimidating road that leads to Punta Molas, are the large Mayan ruins known as El Castillo Real (The Royal Castle). The archaeological site, as well as the Aguada Grande ruins a few kilometers' hike a…
Archaeological Site in Isla Cozumel

El Cedral

This Maya ruin, a fertility temple, is the oldest on the island. It’s the size of a small house and has no ornamentation. El Cedral is thought to have been an important ceremonial site; the small church standing nex…
Religious in Isla Cozumel

Feria del Cedral

Held in Cozumel's southern town of El Cedral, this annual celebration honors a group of Caste War refugees forced to flee the mainland and settle in Cozumel in 1848. The fair features rides, food stands, rodeos and …
Nature Reserve in Isla Cozumel

Parque Punta Sur

For the price of admission to this ecotouristic park, you can visit a lighthouse, a small nautical museum and a Maya ruin. About 10 minutes away by car is an observation tower where you can see migratory birds and p…
Archaeological Site in Isla Cozumel

San Gervasio Ruins

This overpriced Maya complex is Cozumel’s only preserved ruin. San Gervasio is thought to have been the location of the sanctuary of Ixchel, goddess of fertility, and thus an important pilgrimage site at which Maya …
Mediterranean in Isla Cozumel

La Cocay

The intimate atmosphere makes this smart restaurant a very enjoyable night out. Sit at the bar sipping a good single malt or find a quiet table in the back garden to chat with someone special. The menu changes seaso…
Museum in Isla Cozumel

Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

The Museo de la Isla de Cozumel presents a clear and detailed picture of the island’s flora, fauna, geography, geology and ancient Maya history. Thoughtful and detailed signs in English and Spanish accompany the exh…
Live Music in Isla Cozumel

La Hach

Cozumel has a limited live-music scene and what you get at La Hach (meaning 'one for the road' in Maya) are usually cover bands playing Friday and Saturday nights. That being said, the ocean view here rocks and the …
Religious in Isla Cozumel

Carnaval

We know, it's not the wild Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, but don't underestimate a century-old tradition along the waterfront. The five-day celebration brings dancers festooned with feathers out into the streets, alon…