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What to do in Cozumel

It is a small island, but it is loaded with activities. Here is a list of what to do in Cozumel

History of Cozumel

The growth and decline of the Mayan civilization is an unforgettable part of the prehispanic history of Cozumel. Initially, the Mayans were established in Guatemala, fifteen centuries before Christ. Their culture and influence extended to the entire south: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. In 200 ac, they began to build cities in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The advanced Mayan culture peaked from the VII century until the IX century. They considered Cozumel a sacred sanctuary and called it “Cuzaam Luumi” which means land or place of the swallows. They later shortened these two words to “Cuzamil”. When the Spanish arrived, the name adapted phonetically from “Cuzamil” to “Cozumel”

Today, Cozumel welcomes people from around the world by cruise ship, planes, and a ferry from the mainland at Playa del Carmen. Whether you have a day or a week, there are many things you can choose to do in Cozumel.

Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

Chankenaub Park
Chankanaab Park

Spend a day at Chankanabb Park and you’ll experience all Cozumel has to offer. Are you a diver? You’ll see eagle rays, tortoises, eels, seahorses, flounder, lobsters, crabs, nurse sharks, and a plethora of colorful fish you only see in aquariums. Snorkel, swim with dolphins, swim with manatees, or spend the day on the beach.

Have you ever wanted to learn to dive? You can right here. Manuel Jesus is a dive master here. You can find him here. Tell him I sent you! Private lessons and you learn all your skills in the ocean, not a pool or lake. Enjoy a freshly squeezed margarita, eat fresh fish at one of the restaurants, or get a massage, TEMAZCAL: Enjoy a Mayan ceremony that is still practiced today for its healing and cleansing properties. You will learn about the different benefits that the steam bath offers and the purposes of this ancient ritual. You can find it all right here.

What is on the Other “Side of the Island” for Fun in Cozumel?

Want to get away from the noise of the streets and large bars of the main drag as well as visitors from the cruise ships? Grab a cab and ask for a tour of the other side of the island. Great bars full of fresh drinks and fresh seafood.

You can’t miss this side of the island. It is a day trip and not all areas are kid-friendly. Don’t miss this opportunity.

El Pescador

Stop here for a fabulous meal of fresh ceviche, fish and so much more. You’ll need to make sure your stomach is full of protein to help you through the day. Swimming, massage, games, and a plethora of activities to enjoy here.

Fun things in Cozumel
El Pescador

Coconuts

Need a few minutes to sit and relax, enjoy a drink and look at the magnificent ocean? Coconuts is your place. Breathtaking views in all directions. You can even have a hat made with palm leaves.

Best Mojitos You’ll Ever Taste

Bar Miami has no website, but if ask anyone where to get fresh-made mojitos, they will tell you to go to Bar Miami. Sand beach, fresh citrus and mint made right in front of you. Want to hang around? Grab a hammock. Want to swim? Go ahead. Clothing is always optional and if you chose that, you get shots and hugs for bearing it all!

Best Mojitos Ever

Ready for Adventure Fun in Cozumel?

Hang on to your hat because I have what you need. Fishing? Sure, Seadoos? Absolutely. Glass-bottom boat rides? You bet. Whatever you wish, you may have it here.

Fishing abundance. Take a look at these prize catches and grab one for yourself and your family. They fix your catch at restaurants in your resort. Be the envy of your friends and family with award-winning catches.

Fun in Cozumel
Catch a prize fish
Fun fishing in Cozumel
Prize Dorado

Needing a little less work while you vacation? Grab a trip in a glass-bottom boat.

Glass bottom boat
Glass Bottom boat

Diving is abundant as Cozumel is one big reef! Sharks, eels, nudibranchs, crabs, tortises, and lobsters bigger than your torso and all the colorful fish you could possibly imagine lay inches from your fingertips.

Dive or Snorkel: just get in the water

Need some quiet time? There are so many beautiful places to take a walk on the beach, look for seashells or just listen to the waves crash into the beach. Take a video to take the beauty with you wherever you go.

What to do in Cozumel
Quite Walks on the beach
Fun in Cozumel
Bluest Water You’ll Ever See

Fun in Downtown Cozumel

Downtown San Miguel de Cozumel is a very safe and easy place to explore on foot, with a large, family-oriented central plaza park, surrounded by endless restaurants, cafes, bakeries, boutiques, art galleries, markets, and great shopping. The municipality provides tourist information service booths, clean public bathrooms, art, and cultural offerings, and a friendly presence of guides and security personnel. 

Don’t be afraid to walk past the center to other streets. It is very safe and prices are actually better off the beaten path. One word of caution for a place to eat: avoid Frida’s. I was charged an exhorbitant amount of money for 2 margaritas, guac and chips while i was there with a friend. Go anywhere but here. I’ve been going to Mexico several times a year for many years and never experienced price gouging like it was done here.

Make sure to visit stores owned by locals that make and sell products.

Cozumel is a safe, beautiful island that offers an abundance of activities, night life, beaches and incredible food. Whether you’re here on a stop from a cruise or spending a week or more, you’ll find something to bring home stories of great adventure and fun.

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