Just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, adjacent to the town of Playa del Carmen, lies the charming Caribbean island of Cozumel. A rich history lies waiting to be discovered here. Cozumel, or “island of swallows”, derives its name from the Mayan civilization that settled here approximately 2,000 years ago. Several significant Mayan sites on the island, such as San Gervasio and El Cedral, are open to public viewing. However today, the island has become a vacation hub that welcomes all of the most popular cruise lines to the south eastern Mexican coastline.
The weather in Cozumel is always perfect for a vacation getaway, as temperatures allow visitors to escape the cold weather in the rest of the world, and enjoy the summer warmth that is on offer. Average temperatures range year round from 70°F by night to 80°F by day.
The popularity of the island generally increases from December through April, due to cooler temperatures and less humidity. Visitor numbers and prices may however be higher during this period, as this is considered the peak season. San Miguel is the only town on Cozumel and offers a variety of attractions including restaurants, boutiques, and quirky little stores selling a selection of souvenirs and Mayan crafts.
Diving in Cozumel remains the quintessential activity for visitors and the island is distinguished as one of Mexico’s premier scuba diving locations. The Mesoamerican barrier reef that runs along the coast is lined with a host of dazzling coral, marine life and scenic beauty, and is reminiscent of a living underwater museum. This is an ideal activity for adventurers yearning for mesmerising marine encounters.
The fun-filled beach parks, many shore trip opportunities and innumerable water sports, are only some of the many things to do in Cozumel. A testament to fun and safety for the whole family, Cozumel Island is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for guaranteed summer weather.