Located 12 miles off the southern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is known as the gem of the Mexican Caribbean. Perhaps its name reflects the fact that its temperate, crystal clear waters range in jewel tones from stunning turquoise to deep indigo.
EXTRAORDINARY CAVES AND CORALS
Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts the world over are drawn to Cozumel's fabled Palancar Reef, a three-mile long stretch of extraordinary coral and marine life. Just off the mainland, the famous caverns, or cenotes, of the spectacular Dos Ojos Cave System provide an unforgettable glimpse of ocean architecture. Just as famous and fun is the Chankanaab National Marine Park, where you can thrill to a sea lion show, snorkel, or swim with dolphins. A relaxing sail on a catamaran is also a great way to experience these beautiful waters without getting wet!
MAYAN RUINS OF TULUM
Before the Spanish explorers arrived in the 15th century, Cozumel was a province of the great Mayan civilization, from which the island's native people are directly descended. The legacy of their culture in this region survives in the vestiges of the ruins at Tulum, the only Mayan city built overlooking the sea. From its sacred alters to the Gods, to its pyramids and other fascinating remaining structures, it's clear that this ancient civilization was truly advanced.