Picture this: It’s day three on the open seas and you hear the captain yell “Land Ho!”…or maybe that was Larry Black. Either way, the first stop on your week-long cruise brings you into the port of Cozumel, Mexico. This is one of the most popular stops for tourists and cruises to dock because there are plenty of things to do, places to eat and some of the highest-rated excursions. Here are some highlights we’ve gathered for you. ENJOY!
Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.
Testimonial: “The tour was wonderful, couldn’t have been better except we wished it was longer than 2 days! Our guide was very knowledgeable, the driver of the new air-conditioned van was excellent (my husband is very fussy about that) and they were both very friendly and flexible about stopping when needed. The guide took us to lunch at a Mexican restaurant where the locals eat and we had the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. We stayed at an historic and beautiful hotel with lovely gardens surrounding it and a pool with salt water instead of chlorine. It was peaceful and luxurious with an attentive staff and a hostess who spent much time telling us about the interesting history of the place. The breakfast meal was a little disappointing because it took so long to be served (we needed to continue our tour and had to start out late) and the eggs with veggies were not warm or very tasty. The best part, of course, were the ruins…fascinating! we could’ve spent a week exploring and learning more, there’s so much to see. All in all, we thank you for the experience and have already recommended you to friends we met in Isla Mujeres.”
— Robert & Elaine R. (United States) June 3 & 4, 2016 tour in the Yucatan.
DIVE INTO ADVENTURE
At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling, scuba, and swimming with dolphins.
“Chankanaab, one of the masterpieces of nature, since being declared a National Park in 1980, it has been considered a special area for the protection and shelter of fauna and flora of the region.
Its name comes from the mayan language which translates to “little sea” and refers to the natural lagoon located inside the park. The lagoon surrounding the mystical ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations. Perhaps it was also a refuge for pirates who sought to stock up areas or hidden places to store their precious treasures. It is located within the National Marine Park of Cozumel at kilometer 9 of the coastal road south of Cozumel.
Enjoy the beautiful Chankanaab beach adventure park and spend the day either snorkeling or diving, while admiring tropical fish, colorful reefs and underwater sculptures. You can also enjoy a tortilla made by hand in our Mayan house, visit the crocodile farm, see the show of the sea lions, or perhaps relax with a massage in front of the lagoon that gives its name to the park. These are just some of the many activities you can enjoy Chankanaab.” -Dolphin Discovery
Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.
Testimonial: “We came to this beach with my husband and 4 teenagers in July 2019. The beach was absolutely beautiful! Not at all crowded and we had no problem finding a spot with some umbrellas. The admission ticket ($16/person) allowed us to use the umbrellas – we also ended up getting some food (separate cost) . There was a guy working there named Monkey who was very helpful and watched our stuff while we swam. A few of us did a little snorkeling but we ended up just swimming and playing in the water more than anything else. It was really great being on such a beautiful sandy beach- absolutely stunning. We ended up only hanging out at the beach, didn’t do any of the other activities that our ticket included, like the lagoon tour or the lighthouse. We just loved being on such a beautiful beach so that was enough for us. Definitely go if you’re looking for a beautiful beach and maybe want to do a little snorkeling. You won’t regret it!!” -Farouki, New York City (TripAdvisor)
Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.
Check out this TripAdvisor list of visitors’ favorite spots to eat in Cozumel: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Trips/82728807/Cozumel%202019
For great deals and guaranteed stores, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit.
Sources: RoyalCaribbean.com, MayaSites.com, DolphinDiscovery.com, TripAdvisor.com