Cozumel is still Mexico’s Caribbean jewel, perched just a few miles off the coast of the Quintana Roo mainland. And there’s so much more to this island than day-trippers can possibly explore.
Today, it is a warm, easy haven for those wanting to get away from harsh winter climates or spring breakers eager for ample beaches for relaxing. Filled with scuba diving opportunities, and consistently listed as one of the best places to swim with dolphins, the island is simply a must-see. But beneath the resort facade is a still-rural jungle brimming with an array of endemic island life.
Of the most unique among the populous, is the the emerald thrasher, which is nearly, if not already, extinct, as well as the wren. Endemic dwarf mammals are also found in abundance on the island: the Cozumel Fox, island Coati, and the Cozumel island Raccoon, are all critically endangered.
Isolation of the Cozumel Coatis, similar to some other local mammals, have led them to evolving into a distinct breed that is only found on Cozumel. Most experts now consider these Coatis to be a subspecies of the White-Nosed Coati, but many have also categorized it as a species in its own right. To this day they are hard to find, but sightings have been reported recently at the San Gervasio Mayan ruins and near the Iberostar hotel.
Towards the northeastern side of the island, which is arguably the best place to snorkel in Cozumel, you’ll find an array of exotic marine life species, such as giant Anemones, Nurse Sharks, Green Morays, Foureye Butterflyfish, Barracudas, Starfish, Blue Angelfish, or the famous Loggerhead Sea Turtles. This section of the island is also perfect for swimming with rays, making for incredible underwater encounters.
But whether it’s chilling out poolside, surfing and swimming at the beach or full-on adventure sports, this is a place where you’re free to do as little or as much as you want – Cozumel can easily fulfil anyone’s dream holiday.