Cozumel: the largest Caribbean island in Mexico

Cozumel: the largest Caribbean island in Mexico

Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean that is located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Cancun. Even though Cozumel is not very well known yet, it is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island and is the most inhabited one as well.


The Mayans were believed to be the first people who settled on the island and many ancient ruins are still found in downtown Cozumel, and can be visited today.

Even though it is not a popular tourist attraction yet, tourists who have been there all vow to return because of the island’s beauty and peace. A large part of Cozumel is covered in forest that has many endemic species such as the Cozumel emerald bird, the Cozumel thrasher, and the Cozumel wren. Some endemic mammals are the Cozumel fox, the Cozumel raccoon and the Cozumel island coati. Many coral reefs are also found in the surrounding waters.


The climate on the island is tropical, where the dry season is very short, from the month of February to April. The wettest months are September and October, and thunderstorms usually occur during these times.


Many hotels, resorts, restaurants, pools, private docs, and diving centers are located in Cozumel, to ensure that visitors find everything that they need there. Among these is private villa Haiti, where tourists can rent their own private villas during their stay to make sure that the whole family is under one roof. Most tourists go for private villas because they love the exclusivity of the villa where they can cook, have parties together, and enjoy their stay as a family.


Speaking of privacy, some of the activities tourists can do in Cozumel can also be reserved privately. These include a private jeep excursion where tourists can have lunch together, snorkel, and go on a tour of the island on a jeep. There are also private beach clubs where tourists can buy one day passes and enjoy the ocean on the beautiful private beaches for a day.

Water activities that tourists can do on the island include para-sailing, going on a submarine tour, visiting dolphinariums, going on a cruise ship, kitesurfing, and also shopping. Stores are located downtown and sell many inexpensive souvenirs to take back home.

For tourists who are interested in local culture, there are festivals, fairs, bullfights, music, competitions, and rodeos that take place in downtown Cozume. The Cozumel Carnival has always taken place in Febuary, just a week before Mardi-Gras. It is a tradition that has been passed down through many generations where people are dressed in colorful, vibrant costumes and artists dance, play music and tell stories.

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