Day trip to Cozumel
By Erik Bartzik, Playa del Carmen, 19 September 2017.
Next time you are in the Riviera Maya we advise you to take a day trip to Cozumel.
Cozumel is the 3rd largest island in México, with 647.33 km2, the size from north to south is 47 KM and 14.8 km from east to west. Population was around 80,000 people in 2010.
Cozumel was first populated by hunters and fishermen. In the VII Century Mayans used Cozumel as a strategic location for trading with Honduras and other countries of Latin America.
The island has a Sanctuary for the Goddess Ix Chel, who represents the moon, fertility and birth. Once a year there was a pilgrimage to Cozumel involving all the Mayan tribes, who gathered together and paddled in their boats to the island to offer tributes for the Goddess Ix Chel.
Preferred destination by divers around the world, Cozumel is famous for its crystal clear waters, marine diversity and live reef barriers.
There is very low industry in the island that is why tourism is the most important economic activity.
Also host of the famous IRON MAN competition once per year. Cozumel receives a big amount of sport tourism from all around the globe.
We widely recommend you to take a tour to beach El Cielo (Heaven), one of the most attractive in the area that can only be reached by boat. In the bottom on the ground you will find endless starfish covering the white sands. Just mesmerizing!
We also encourage you to visit National Park Chankanaab. Where you can snorkel, and swim with the local fauna, and explore the sculptures and sank boats that were put there by the Navy to generate reef and attract fishes to the park.
Cozumel has an international airport, so you can flight directly. Other way to reach the island, are the ferry services from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel that leave every 30 minutes from parque fundadores.