Whether you want to explore the Mayan ruins, swim in the Great Maya Reef or relax on the white sandy beaches, Cozumel boasts numerous tourist attractions that tell the story of local history and culture and also give visitors a chance to enjoy some recreational activities outdoors. From Punta Sur Park to the San Gervasio archaeological site, the island of Cozumel caters to the visitors of all ages.
Cozumel Island Museum
The Museum of the Island of Cozumel, located in downtown San Miguel, houses two floors of exhibits and collections that tell the story of the island’s natural environment and local culture. Visitors can learn about the pre-Colombian and Colonial periods, wildlife migration patterns to and from the island, archeology and pirate attacks on the island throughout history. A restaurant on the second floor serves breakfast and offers views of the Caribbean Sea.
Punta Sur LightHouse
Punta Sur Ecological Park offers boat trips through the lagoons and snorkeling excursions and is also home to the Punta Sur LightHouse, a historic lighthouse open to the public. Visitors can climb up to the top of the tower to enjoy panoramic views of the beach, dunes, lagoons, and coves throughout the nature preserve.
This is a cultural theme park that tells the history and culture of Mexico in pre-Hispanic, Colonial, and modern times. Tourists can walk through the park to see replicas of famous sites, ruins, and colonial buildings, and also watch video documentaries in a state-of-the-art theater on-site. The Isla Cozumel organization consults to take at least 80 minutes to walk through the entire park grounds.
Faro Celarain Eco Park
Observe the nature reserve at the Faro Celarain Eco Park, put out a few hours snorkeling or look over the museum on-site to learn about the ecosystem of the island of Cozumel. The eco-park houses an extensive collection of flora and fauna and protects over a thousand species of animals and plants. Tourists can take a self-guided tour of the grounds to enjoy the historic lighthouse, the famous Mayan ruin El Caracol and the mangroves and reefs along the coast. It is open 7 days a week.
The Island of Cozumel or “Isla Cozumel” as it’s known in Spanish is located 12 miles off the coast opposite Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun, known as “Mexico’s top party destination” is 45 miles to the north of Cozumel.
Mexico travel can be enjoyed year-round, but the best time to visit Cozumel is during the months from March to June, before the hurricane season commences. The hottest months are July and August which coincides with the hurricane season that lasts until November. Winter is Cozumel’s busiest period, and it runs from December through to March.
What to Eat in Cozumel:
- Half Senor Frogs
- Colores y Sabores
- La Cucina Italiana
- COZ Coffee Roasting Company Cozumel
- Habanero’s Grill & Bar
- Taco y Tequila Cozumel
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- Buccanos at Night
- Sal de Mar
- El Billy Asados Al Carbon