The island of Cozumel was once an important religious center and commercial hub for the Maya, who have inhabited this area for at least 3,000 years. Today, Cozumel is a tourist paradise that offers a wide spectrum of activities both in and out of the water.

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Quick Facts:

Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, lying about 12 miles off the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is about 30 miles north to south and 10 miles across. The island is quite flat, composed of limestone derived from ancient reefs. The western coast is made mostly of eroded limestone, but there are sandy beaches on the eastern side. The center of the island is mostly undeveloped jungle, with salt marshes nearer the southern end. These jungles are home to a variety of birds and animals, and the remains of ancient Maya temples can be found as well.

Cozumel enjoys a mild tropical climate, with daytime temperatures varying from around 90 F in July and August to the mid-70s in December and January. The water temperature stays in the range of 78 to 82 F year-round.

The official language of Cozumel is, of course, Spanish, and English is widely spoken. In addition, many of the locals also speak a dialect that harks back to their Mayan ancestors

Travel Tips – A few handy things to know:
When you enter Mexico, you’ll receive a Tourist Permit. Keep this document safe! Mexican officials can ask to see it at any time, and you must return it when you leave.
The local currency is the Mexican Peso, but as Cozumel is a major tourist destination for Americans, U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.
The dress code on Cozumel is pretty casual, so leave your formal clothes at home.

Between Dives:
Regrettably, you can’t dive all the time, but Cozumel offers many attractions to occupy your spare time. After all, the island hosts around 2 million visitors every year, so it offers something for everyone. For excitement you can try:
windsurfing /kiteboarding
deep sea fishing
horseback riding
More than half of the west coast of Cozumel is developed, extending north and south of the town of San Miguel. You can probably find a restaurant to your taste, whether you’re craving the outstanding local seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, or plain American-style fast food. There’s music and dancing to liven up the evenings, and if it all becomes too much, take a spa break to refresh and restore. And don’t forget the parks and historic Mayan archeological sites as well. For lots of detail, visit the official Cozumel web site.

Neat Links:
Visit these sites to see more about Cozumel
Cozumel Reefs
Cozumel in Wikipedia
Dive Cozumel
My Cozumel

Photo Galleries:
Isla Cozumel
Cozumel Beauty
San Gervasio Mayan Site

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