The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel’s sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss:
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.
Other Fun Things to Do:
- Snorkel in the clear sapphire-colored water around Cozumel’s coral reefs. It’s a snorkeler’s dream, and one of the world’s premier snorkeling destinations. Equipment, instruction and guidance begin at Sand Dollar Beach. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy everything your eyes behold for as long as you like, with transportation ready and waiting to take you back to your ship.
- Explore the underwater world of Chankanaab on a deep-sea adventure aboard the Atlantis Submarine.
- Sit back, relax, and bury your toes in the white sand of Playa Mia Beach in Cozumel. This destination offers all the food, drinks and activities you can imagine, including relaxing massages on the beach.
- Take a Safari adventure through the tropical landscape of Cozumel’s east side. Ride through sand dunes and trails for an unforgettable experience.
Shopping for Bargains:
Regarded as the “St. Thomas of the Western Caribbean”, Cozumel has become one of the world’s best duty-free shopping ports. Cozumel offers unbelievable prices on diamonds, colored gemstones, jewelry, watches, gold, sterling silver, and even Oriental rugs as well as Mexican housewares and handicrafts.
Mexico’s currency is the peso (MXN). The $ sign is used to refer to pesos, so don’t be shocked at the price tags. Any prices in U.S. dollars are listed as US$ or USD. Many hotels, restaurants and shops also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.
You can find more information on Cozumel at the official destination website: here.