Cozumel, a small island located off of the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is a charming destination in the lap of nature. A popular destination for tourists year round, it has every ingredient for a perfect vacation experience. From Mayan ruins being safeguarded for decades to the colors of Carnival, Cozumel is perfect for every season. The past of the destination is as enchanting as its present.
The roads which were once treaded upon by the Mayans now have spunky, open-topped jeeps darting around. The island’s main town of San Miguel is an upcoming development offering world class facilities and services of tourist interest. Visitors can explore the Caretera Sur, experience diving at Chankanaab National Park or just take a ride over the trans-island highway to the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio.
Another island tradition of Cozumel which is worth experiencing is the Cozumel Carnival. During this event colorful costumed groups dance and vendors line the streets. The avenue is full of vendors selling food, beads and trinkets during the week of Carnival. It is an island tradition of Cozumel that has been passed down through many generations. Locals put up an incredible show and it is one of the popular Carnival celebrations throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
The ruins of Cozumel which are spread almost around two square miles are world renowned. The site has shrines of goddess’ as well as palaces of the rulers which make a spectacular sight. One of the most visited shrines was that of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. Mayan women from distant villages travelled across the empire to pray at this shrine. Legends state that the name Cozumel comes from the Mayan word Cuzamil, meaning “place of the swallows” which was Ixchel’s favorite bird. These ruins are so enthralling that a visitor may feel as if transported to another era.
Every year around 2 million visitors visit Cozumel for a fun filled holiday. Either for one day trip or stay-over, the destination has surprises for all. It is accessible by cruise ships, water ferries available from mainland ports on the Riviera Maya and Cancun and jets at the Cozumel’s international airport. Because of its close proximity to the bustling tourist city of Cancun it is easily accessible. Many tourists who visit Cancun also make it a point to pay a visit to Cozumel. Cozumel is also a very popular cruise destination in this part of the world.
The best way to explore the island is on a jeep caravan which is an all-purpose scout car. From Cozumel’s off-road historic sites to the jewels of nature along its powdery white beaches, the scenic beauty is just mesmerizing. The destination boasts of accommodations which suit all budgets. The services and hospitality are commendable which have earned great recognition. Some resorts also have mega deals which include lodging, a free jeep rental for three days, breakfasts each day and entrance fees to various parks and museums. So time is right to pack the bags and fetch some great deals.