KayTours just recently announced we're going to Cozumel Island! So, what exactly is there to do on Cozumel Island? We've got all the information you need about Cozumel Island, where we go on our private tour, and what you'll love most about this Caribbean island!
This mostly undeveloped Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea is famously known for its amazing scuba diving. Cozumel Island became an important seaport for Mayan trade because of its ideal position on the route between Honduras and Veracruz. Today, cruise ships frequent the island for snorkeling and diving paradise.
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Cozumel Island is located 19 km (12 mi) off of the mainland, and the island is about 48 km (30 mi) long and 16 km (9.9 mi) wide. Cozumel is Mexico's largest Caribbean island, largest permanently inhabited island, and Mexico's third largest island, following Tiburon Island and Isla Angel del la Guarda. The island is covered with mangrove forest and has many animals species. The rather flat island has deep cenotes which are only offered to qualified cave divers.
Cozumel was sacred to Ix Chel, the Maya Moon Goddess, and the ancient temples were a place of pilgrimage, especially by women desiring fertility. There are Mayan ruins on Cozumel Island, but the largest ruins on the island have been destroyed. The largest remaining ruins are located at San Gervasio, at the center of the island.
On our private tour, we take a 45-minute ferry ride to the island. At the first stop, you'll make your own chocolate bar and learn about the importance of cacao in Mayan history. The Mayans began making chocolate as early as 400-600 BC. At this sweet stop, you'll also enjoy a Mayan sacred beverage, chocolha.
A trip to Cozumel Island wouldn't be complete without spending quite a bit of time snorkeling. The Mexican government established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park to protect marine life in the area. At the south of the island, we'll snorkel on two different reefs. The boat will have fresh fruit, bottles of water, chips, guacamole, and sandwiches. When we return to the island, we'll enjoy lunch with an ocean view. In fact, this restaurant is located on a natural bay, and is known for being one of the most exclusive and "chic" places in the Caribbean. Soak in the nearby shore and private beach!
Lastly we'll visit the museum of Cozumel to learn more about the island's history, Mayan culture, and ancient times. The museum will educate you on the island's flora, fauna, geography, geology, and ancient Maya history. You'll gain a deeper knowledge for the coral you previously snorkeled around.
While Cozumel Island's beauty and charm has lured in many cruise ships, it still remains a genuinely remote island with Caribbean history and a quiet and cool atmosphere.
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