An awe inspiringl, beautiful destination, Cozumel is often considered to be one of the world’s most popular cruise ports. Nestled in a delightful setting off the Yucatan Peninsula, the island itself is in fact only 12 miles long. To witness the vibrant local charms up close head downtown to one of the many vibrant bars and restaurants. From here guests will discover an array of exciting local cuisine, flavours and radiant charisma. Without doubt though, the main attraction upon arrival on the island will always be the captivating beaches lining the coast. The stunning selection of water sport activities available in Cozumel is sensational not to mention the opportunity to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the marvellous climate that glistens on this superb island destination.
Many visitors decide to head for Chankanaab National Park a beautiful beachfront oasis, located on a natural harbour. This location is considered to boast the best beach setting on the island but the main attraction to this area is the diversity. Along with the beautiful beach scenes, there is also an enchanting botanical garden that actually houses over 800 different species of plant life. The huge magnetism to the area however has to be the pool that is linked to the sea by a breath-taking slide leading right into the oceanfront. The slide leads right into an area of the sea famous for dolphins where guests can get up close and personal with them in their own natural environment; a once in a lifetime opportunity, not to be missed.
Excursions do not come much finer than Cozumel with many passengers wishing to head for the mainland of Mexico, towards the amazing sights of the Mayan Ruins at Tulum. Here guests can see the famous ‘El Castillo’ castle that overlooks the crystal clear Caribbean Sea, admire the Temple of Fresco or the Temple of the Descending God. Alternatively, try a day-trip to the ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world, where a mixture of temples, pyramids and carvings are waiting to be discovered.
Guests who are looking to get their blood pumping will love the snorkelling opportunities around the island. Cozumel is renowned for its incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities, as the coastline is sprinkled with incredible reefs teeming with multi-coloured fish. Perhaps some guests would like to opt for the chance to experience an all-terrain vehicle over the sweeping landscapes of Cozumel? Not offered by all cruise operators but certainly a brilliant excursion feature to enjoy.
Passengers looking to discover the secrets behind the sublime Mexican cuisine will love the opportunity to enjoy a cooking experience including sample dishes and guidance from master chefs. For music and dance there is the chance to take in a Folkloric show at the theatre within the impressive Forum Shopping Plaza. As for retail therapy, the shopping opportunities here are fantastic so get ready to explore.