Located near Cancun, just off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, lies the island of Cozumel – a small paradise adrift in the breathtaking Caribbean sea.
It’s an easy, warm haven for those wanting to get away from the harsh winter climates or spring breakers eager for ample beaches and relaxing. Aside from this there is a lot to discover on the island. So here a three things you didn’t know about Cozumel.
1. Getting to Cozumel is easy
To get there is easier to get to than you think. Nonstop flights operate to Cozumel International Airport from a fair number of big cities in the U.S., including Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, and Miami. That list grows during high season (roughly early December through Easter). Otherwise, it’s easy to catch a ferry from Playa del Carmen – It’s about a 45-minute ride, so be sure to check the Cozumel ferry schedule as they run regularly.
2. Lesser known Mayan ruins can be explored here
You can get your archaeology fix. And while you won’t find anything on the scale of Chichen Itza here, you can explore the San Gervasio Mayan ruins. It’s set in a jungle-like wildlife refuge that visitors say feel other-worldly. History buffs find the backstory of this site, an eastern outpost of the Mayan empire, absolutely fascinating.
3. Most of the coast is a protected marine park perfect for snorkeling
Of all the things to do in Cozumel however, you can rest assured knowing that the best snorkeling in the world is on offer here, with many great options for snorkeling, and even scuba diving or simply taking a swim. Take note that that it is recommended to go swimming on the south side of the island, where the wild sea currents are tamed by the coral reefs.