Cozumel, whose name means “the island of the swallows”, is the third largest island in Mexico and has the privilege of being located on the coast of Riviera Maya, just 18 kilometres away.
To reach Cozumel you must take a ferry from Playa del Carmen, which will arrive in just forty minutes. It is also possible to reach it by aeroplane as it has an international airport. Once on land, in the largest city, San Miguel de Cozumel, we find a place with a lot of tourism for taking a pleasant walk through the harbour and buying a souvenir.
The island has a steep, windswept coast, and it is therefore recommended to visit the most sheltered beaches of the west coast such as Playa Palancar, while the east coast is kept more unspoilt, but with stronger winds. Along the coast, we also find resorts which encourage relaxation.
For those who wish to experience nature in its pure form, the Celarain Lighthouse, located at the southernmost point of the island is an impressive Nature Reserve for admiring the native flora and fauna of this island and for visiting its different ecosystems. Additionally, there are also very interesting Mayan archaeological sites to visit, specifically El Cedral, where the Spanish established the first Christian heritage, and the ruins of San Gervasio, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Ixchel.
Scuba diving is the star activity, thanks to the beautiful reefs that surround the island. The varied fauna that can be observed here is the greatest attraction for scuba divers from around the world. A very good place for doing so is the Chankanaab Reserve where there are excursions to the reefs and where you can snorkel in its large inland lagoon, among other activities.
Finally, it must be noted that there is a very romantic area in the northern region known as Isla de la Pasión, the favourite place for lovers to escape and be charmed by this marvellous Caribbean landscape.