Tips on What To Do in Cozumel
Most travelers head to Cozumel for diving along the shallow reefs and relaxing on the beach, but land-loving travelers can take a trip to the Punta Sur Ecological Park. Writers say that experienced divers tend to migrate toward the northern beaches, while families looking for quiet sands and calm shores seek beaches toward the south. If you're an inexperienced snorkeler or scuba diver, stick to the calmer south shores. Travelers also go beyond the island to the Mexican mainland, where you can travel north toward Cancún, hit the beach at Playa del Carmen or visit the Mayan ruins at Tulum.
You'll find excellent beaches all over the island. Mild water and white sand beaches are mostly found on Cozumel's west side, near most resorts and developments. Wild and rocky beaches lie on the east side—remember to bring water shoes to protect your feet!
Cozumel is one of the best diving spots in the world, according to travel writers. Many of the best dive spots are located off the island and accessible by boat. The Santa Rose Wall, for example, is accessible 30 minutes off shore and features a tunnels of corals and fascinating marine life. You can also snorkel off the west side of the island, but we still recommend renting a dive charter. Best of all, you don't have to be a professional to take part; you can take lessons or charter a snorkeling trip for a fair price.
Outside the beach and the water, be sure to avoid the kitschy wares sold in downtown San Miguel and the Mayan ruins around the island. Cozumel's only town, San Miguel, has a laid-back elegance, combining the charming remnants of colonial Mexico with the conveniences of modern life.