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Best Places to Visit  in Cozumel, Mexico

Diving and More 

Diving and Cozumel just go together

There are many spectacular places to dive offshore Cozumel

Isla Cozumel is a colorful, island paradise that is known as one of the top spots in the world for diving and snorkeling.  At only 12 miles from the coast of the Riviera Maya and about 36 miles southeast of Cancun, Cozumel is a very popular vacation spot.

You can catch a ferry to the island from Playa del Carmen or  you can fly to Cozumel from Cancun. Many visit this island paradise  during a cruise of the Caribbean, as it has a port facility capable of docking the "big" boats.

Cozumel offers a variety of accommodations, including some very luxurious ones, but many visits here are day-trips from the mainland.  If you really want to soak up the beauty and variety of Cozumel, you will need more than a day to do it.

As we mentioned previously, Cozumel is a world-renowned dive site known for its extravagant coral reef and abundant sea life.  It was originally publicized by Jacques Cousteau in the late 1950s, when he explored the island's gorgeous, three-mile long Palancar Reef.  Palancar is located to the southwest of the  island.  While there are numerous  exceptional diving spots on the reef, the most impressive include Palancar Caves, the Bricks, The Horseshoe, as well as the Garden and  Shallows.  If you are a diver, you will not want to miss the opportunity to explore Palancar Reef.



The Chankanaab park, on the island's southwest coast, is  a conservation area amid the larger Cozumel Reefs National Park.  Chankanaab is a great location for snorkeling and family fun.  While adults will want to spend time at the main beach, there is a children's pool and you can arrange to swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Discovery.   In addition, there is a museum at Chankanaab, a botanic garden and other attractions awaiting your discovery.  

           Sunsets in Cozumel can be spectacular

Another way to see the beauty of the reefs and wedge in a visit to Chankanaab is to pay for a  ride on the Atlantis Submarine, which dives up to 100 feet and lets you view the sea life without getting wet.  The trip involves a 12 minute coastal tour on a surface ship that takes you to a docking site for the Atlantis Submarine.  Atlantis will take you on  a  40 minute underwater tour of the reef and other views of Chankanaab's underwater environment.  See our advertisement  on the right from Viator for the Atlantis Submarine Cozumel.

      San Miguel in Cozumel has much to offer

San Miguel, port for the ferry and cruise ships , has a  hint of colonial charm, but Cozumel depends on the tourist trade for its livelihood, so you can expect a somewhat "touristy" experience.  There are a number of restaurants serving good meals and lots of stores for those  not interested in water activities.  In addition, the  Zocalo, which includes the  main plaza and pier area, is lined with shops featuring art, jewelry and clothing. Although the nightlife in Cozumel is somewhat limited, you will find what there is along the Zocalo.

For more information, visit the official tourism  website for Cozumel, as it may be of interest when planning a trip to Cozumel.



Great diving and great beaches are Cozumel's calling card Many colorful buildings grace San Miguel, especially around the Zocalo

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Cozumel's hurricane season is between June 1 and November 30.

Cozumel is relatively flat and unprotected from storms that roll across the Caribbean.

In season, Cozumel  is frequently threatened by hurricanes.  The "canes", which peak in August and September, can occur anytime during the season.





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