Travel lovers are amazed by Cozumel's fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and acres of virgin nature which cover this Caribbean island located near the Yucatan Peninsula. And this is just the start, as the most breathtaking sites are found under the waves. This small island has up to 39 scuba diving areas of the highest quality, meaning that the best vacations in Cozumel include a trip below the water's surface.
The experience, in this case, is not a problem as there are activities for all levels: from those focused on professional divers, to those who are first steps in the Snorkelling. Most of the best diving areas can be easily accessed from the hotels in Cozumel, and there are many visitors opting for diving with a guide. There are dozens of areas to choose from, and one of the best is the Palancar Reef; both beginners and expert divers can see impressive coral formations, as well as a kaleidoscope of marine life with starfish, eels, turtles and, with luck, a nurse shark. This reef consists of four sectors including the famous Palancar Caves, a place where experienced divers can swim through coral tunnels surrounded by shoals of bright and colorful fish.
Snorkeling enthusiasts can meander through the shallow waters above the Palancar Gardens, while beaches such as Sunset, Dzu Hal, and Playa Corona also offer excellent and easily accessible snorkeling. Each site offers a unique insight into the wonders of marine life.
But there is more to the area than just scuba diving and snorkeling. Sea lovers will be delighted by Cozumel which boasts beautiful beaches lined with palm trees and bright blue water, which invite you to swim and relax near the hotels in Cozumel. For more water fun, a short trip by taxi will take you to the Private Paradise Beach Club, one of the most valued attractions in Cozumel. The entrance fee gives you access to a swimming pool with plenty of amenities and enormous inflatables to enjoy. Children, especially, will love playing and sliding down these inflatables. Of course, you can also treat yourself to savory Mexican food as well as tasty drinks.
While water activities are the highlight of any vacation to Cozumel, the monuments found in the interior are also impressive. The island is home to more than 24 Mayan ruins, where history lovers can transport themselves to other eras. One of the best examples is the Ixchel Sanctuary (Mayan mythology goddess). This temple pays homage to the fertility goddess that attracted thousands of worshipers during the Mayan era, with travelers now able to enjoy a centuries-old Cozumel tradition.