Flights to Cozumel
Cozumel, the most Caribbean island in Yucatan
Not long ago, Cozumel was a completely unspoiled island, inhabited by the Mayan civilisation and practically isolated from the coast of Quintana Roo in Mexico. An exotic, authentic and beautiful place where the Caribbean landscape predominates, where tranquillity and peace reign supreme. Despite its modernisation and progress throughout the centuries, this island of just 600 square kilometres has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and continues to be one of the most vibrant and authentic destinations that Mexico has to offer.
Cozumel has knowingly preserved its most precious assets: its nature, land and sea. These are just some of the island’s essential attractions for visitors who want to enjoy a holiday in the Caribbean while steering clear of the hustle and bustle and surrounding themselves with unique fauna and flora.
All this, plus many more hidden treasures, make Cozumel the perfect destination for enjoying the holiday of your dreams, boasting beaches, Mayan ruins, Mexican hospitality and exquisite cuisine in the purest island style.
Must-sees in Cozumel
Here are some of the unmissable places to discover during your stay in Cancun.
Considered a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Cozumel has some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Famous for their fine, white sand and turquoise bluewaters, the beaches of Cozumel are idyllic, just like those on a Caribbean postcard. Some of the most accessible beaches, and perhaps the most beautiful, lie in the south. We suggest that you start at Playa El Cielo, as it is a great example of the true spirit of the Caribbean. Its clear, shallow waters offer an idyllic experience. Sailing along the coast, scuba diving or simply enjoying the sun are just some of the options this beach offers. Another famous sandy beach in Cozumel is Playa Palancar, the perfect place not only to enjoy a wonderful swim in the Caribbean sea but also to enjoy a sweet guava or mango shake or... how about a margarita?
Mayan ruins in Cozumel
For centuries, the Mayan civilisation inhabited Cozumel, a civilisation that stood out for their progressive nature and huge cultural and scientific development. Their sophisticated way of life is reflected in the archaeological remains that have survived over the centuries on this island and across all of the southern part of Mexico. In Cozumel, there are 10 sites that house remains of the Mayan civilisation. The most interesting and best-preserved site is San Gervasio, locatedin the heart of the island. Here in this magnificent natural setting, you can wander among Mayan buildings dating back to 300 AD.
Diving in Cozumel
Scuba diving is the most popular activity in Cozumel, where it is widely practised and has become the island’s main attraction. And with good reason, as this destination is located right on the Western Atlantic/Caribbean Great Reef Belt, considered the second largest coral reef in the world. Where there are coral reefsthere is life, colour and dynamism. Just a few metres off the island's southern coast, there is an extensive area of coral reefs, where sea turtles, sharks, rays and thousands of different species of fish live, breed and feed. It offers divers a stunning display of colour, sensations and movement that both amazes and enchants. Its warm waters and sea currents are the cause of this marvellous festival of nature that can only be appreciated in the Cozumel area.
Carnival in Cozumel
Despite the small size of the island and the fact that only 100,000 people live there, Cozumel is home to one of the most famous carnivals in Mexico. Not only is it one of the most important, but also one of the oldest, as it was first held in the 19th century. This cultural festival that the island celebrates every year is an expression of Caribbean-Mexican idiosyncrasy, a perfect time for visitors to get to know the islanders’ traditions and customs. For more than 7 days, the streets of Cozumel’s main city, San Miguel de Cozumel, are packed not just with locals, but people from all over Mexico who travel to the island to take part in its festivities. Troupes, parodies, live music and non-stop dancing reign over Carnival week. The city dresses up to impress and many people wear fantasy outfits to create the island’s most festive and lively atmosphere.
Tips for travelling to Cozumel
For visitors seeking to discover the best beaches in Quintana Roo, who want to enjoy the tranquillity of the island and explore a seabed teeming with coral, Cozumel is your destination. But to do so, you need to know how to get there! First, you have to get to Playa del Carmen, located on the Riviera Maya and, once there, you can take one of the ferries that head towards the island. The boat trip takes no more than 45 minutes and is very frequent, you can even go and return on the same day. As Cozumel is part of Mexico, its currency is the Mexican peso. We recommended getting some pesos before arriving on the island as, although there are exchange bureaus there, they may have higher exchange rates.
The time difference from Madrid during summertime is 7 hours, with the best climate conditions being from December to April when there is less rain. Even so, any time of year is good for heading to the Mexican Caribbean andenjoying a destination as wonderful as Cozumel.