Although Mexico boasts many celebrated cities and regions, in the State of Quintana Roo the island of Cozumel is one of its most enchanting destinations. A vacationer’s paradise, the island is famous for its many adventurous or unforgettable things to do. The following ten activities will delight the senses and make you fall head over heels for Cozumel’s extraordinary charms.
Among the best places to scuba dive in the western hemisphere, Cozumel is internationally renowned for its scuba diving. From drift dives to night dives, certified scuba divers have plenty of dives to choose from and will love the reefs and wide array of ocean life to view and explore.
Visit Mayan Ruins
Cozumel has its share of archaeological ruins to explore. From El Caracol, an ancient Mayan lighthouse, to the more extensive site of San Gervasio, history buffs will find a few marvels to make their trek worthwhile. Both cars and scooters are available for rental should you decide to do some exploring on your own.
Nearly as popular as scuba diving, snorkeling is a favorite activity on Cozumel. An abundance of coral and clear water makes viewing the underwater world a spectacular pastime. Not surprisingly, there are many shops around the island that rent equipment.
Shop San Miguel
As the island’s only city, most of the shopping is concentrated in San Miguel. Visitors will love strolling around the Plaza del Sol in search of great deals on folk items like hammocks, hand-painted pottery, or authentic silver jewelry. Restaurants also abound and cater to the tourist population. Try dining at Casa Denis or the exotic Casa Mission for a spectacular meal.
Tour the Reefs by Glass Bottomed Boat
An extraordinary way to enjoy the sunshine, the sea, and the underwater world of various reefs, a glass-bottomed boat tour is a popular Cozumel excursion. If you don’t scuba dive, this is a great way to experience the reefs around the island.
Explore Chankanaab National Park
This delightful park is a perfect place to spend a day. Its beach allows for swimming with dolphins as well as snorkeling and scuba diving. Its lagoon is famous for its iguana population. Visitors to the park also enjoy hiking the trails and relaxing in the restaurant and bar.
Take the Chocolate Factory Tour
Chocolate, of course, is integral to the historic cuisine of pre-Columbian Mexico. Learn about the fascinating history of cocoa at Chocolates Kaokao. You’ll enjoy tasting and shopping for specialty chocolate—it will truly sweeten your Cozumel vacation!
The beaches of Cozumel are probably the island’s best-loved attractions. While some of the beaches are too hazardous for swimming, they are still enchanting to explore. Other beaches are famous for swimming and sunbathing, but all are worth checking out.
Golfing on Cozumel is a unique experience. Under the dazzling sunshine, you’ll likely tee off while endemic critters like blue crabs, raccoons, and exotic birds watch you play. The island’s world-class golf course is majestically situated within mangroves and tropical rainforest.
Succumb to Pampering
Spas and resorts are part of the Cozumel experience. If you want to relax and rejuvenate with a massage or beauty treatment, one of the island’s spas is waiting to entice you with delicious aromas and renewing treatments. Islander Spa is famous for its body wraps while Spa Cozumel will pamper the body as well as the mind and spirit.
While there are plenty more things to do on Cozumel, these activities will give you a true taste of all that this stunning island has to offer. If you are looking for a Mexican destination that is unlike any other, you will find that Cozumel answers in every respect.