Cozumel Travel Guide
SCUBA divers will not need to look far for what to do in Cozumel. The beautiful island and its clear blue waters is one of the top destinations for divers in the entire Western Hemisphere. Experienced, licensed divers can sign up for drift diving outings, while many resorts and dive shops offer lessons for vacationers who want to add ‘learning to dive’ to their list of things to do in Cozumel.
There are many other waterfront things to do in Cozumel while on vacation. You can try your hand at wind surfing or take deep-sea diving lessons. A more relaxing way to explore the seas is with a glass bottom boat tour or a lazy afternoon snorkeling. You can even just stay dry on land, sunning on beautiful Mexico Beach or Stingray Beach.
Thanks to an interesting history and beautiful landscape, land-lovers won’t be at a loss for what to do in Cozumel either. The San Gervasio Ruins and archeological dig are well-worth a visit, interesting both as Mayan ruins and for the large iguana population that lives there. Exhibits at the San Miguel de Cozumel Museum offer more information about the island’s Mayan history, but also includes displays about modern Mexico and the region’s development.
Cozumel is a duty-free shopping zone. The collection of luxury products found in this enormous store runs the gamut from perfumes and Baume & Mercier watches to Montblanc pens, and even includes a Lacoste boutique.
Modest compared with those on the Yucatán peninsula, Cozumel's Mayan ruins are still distinct. San Gervasio, in the interior, was occupied by the Maya for more than 1,300 years and served as a trading hub as well as the worship center for the goddess Ixchel.
Between the international pier and Punta Langosta, this good-looking bar (with a crowd to match) sits right on the waterfront and is named for the number of ounces in a tequila shot.
A series of mini-shops in a restored colonial building, this market has the highest quality artisan crafts, clothing, tabletop goods, ceramics, and toys from throughout Mexico.
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Here, you'll find two floors of well-priced T-shirts and Mexican vanilla, Mexican dolls and Xtabentum, a smooth-as-brandy Mayan liqueur that is flavored with anise and honey. If you need a break, grab a bite at the snack bar on the second level.
Cozumel's new "culture park" provides an intriguing window into the Mexican Republic.
Four compact galleries chronicle the island's Mayan history, Spanish conquest, Caribbean pirates, and ecological diversity (with a focus on the coral ecosystem—the giant underwater mountain of Palanacar Reef lies just off Cozumel).
Mexico is famous for its silver, and the most celebrated craftsmanship still comes from the town of Taxco, near Mexico City. One of Taxco's most famous design houses, Los Castillos, creates the majority of the products for sale at this shop, from earrings to anklets and everything in between.
This ever-popular thatched-roof beach bar is located on the less-frequented eastern half of the island. Take note: it's only open in daylight hours (there's no electricity on this side of Cozumel).
The bar and restaurant on the ninth floor of the new Hotel Wynston has panoramic views of the harbor, the town center, and the sea. In addition to the usual spirits, the bar stocks an extensive wine list to complement the restaurant's Mediterranean-Asian–fusion menu.