Cozumel’s white-sand beaches are the hatching ground of marine turtles, the launching pad for peerless scuba diving, and a sunset promenade for romantic strolls from luxurious resorts on the waterfront.
Day 1: Cruises & Water Activities
Cruises sail to the snorkeling grounds off Cozumel, focusing on the island’s famous coral reefs and underwater canyons. Head out for a day of diving at a choice of 100 world-class dive sites, or time your snorkel for a sunset sail with margaritas and music. Newbies can learn to dive with a discover diving PADI course, and if you don’t want to get your feet wet there are glass-bottom boat cruises and underwater submarine tours.
Day 2: Wildlife Watching
Cozumel is a birdwatcher’s haven,
providing habitats for migrating ducks, flamingos, herons, egrets,
ibis, falcons and kestrels. Like us humans, dolphins are drawn to
Cozumel’s crystal-clear waters, and a dolphin swim promises a
one-on-one interaction with these lovable creatures. Loggerhead sea
turtles nest along the island’s beaches, and feed on Cozumel’s sea
grass meadows. Horseback-riding trips into Cozumel’s rainforest heart
reveal the island’s cenotes, picture-perfect bathing pools designed by
Day 3: Mayan Culture
Yucatan Peninsula is renowned for its 2,000-year-old Mayan sites, with
the most famous at Chichen Itza and most convenient at Tulum, easily
visited on a day trip from Cozumel. Overlooking the beach, Tulum’s
well-preserved, mysterious fortifications invite exploration and plenty
of photos. Nearby, the Mayan ruins at Xcaret form part of the
eco-park’s entertainment, and ancient Mayan walls surround the Xel-Ha
water fun park. On Cozumel, the largest archaeological site is San
Gervasio with its collection of temples. The lookout tower of Castillo
Real looks poignantly over the Caribbean and there are evocative ruins
in the Punta Sur Ecological coastal reserve.