(Mayan: Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatan Channel. It is a tourist destination for its balnearios, scuba diving, snorkeling and ocean front villas.
The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel. Accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and villa rentals are right on the beach!
The island is Mexico's largest Atlantic island and it’s Mexico's third-largest island. It lies some 20 km (12 mi) from the mainland, and some 60 km (37 mi) south of Cancun
. A daily ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel Ferry takes only 45 minutes. The mainland accommodation is varied and there are many types of villa rentals, vacation rentals and condo rentals. The mainland could be your base to explore this idyllic island.
Diving and charter fishing is a major income for locals. There are close to 100 restaurants on the island and many of the lodging and accommodations, some of which run dive operations, have swimming pools and private docks.
Rent a villa and be right on the beach with excellent views. Other water activities include parasailing, kite surfing, and a tourist submarine. There are also two dolphinariums.
There are numerous deep sea fishing tours
available and most vacation rentals on the island can connect you with a boat and qualified crew. Visit Cozumel Sailing who provide 6 hr tours on a 35' Trimaran as well as sunset cruises. If you're an experienced sailor you can rent a 22' sloop or a 27' Catalina, fully equipped with electric start outboard motors.
The best mini-golf course in the Yucatan Peninsula
is Cozumel Mini-Golf. It's not as lavish as courses but it is a beautiful challenging course worth the visit if you are a mini golf enthusiast. What is unique about this place is that you get a walkie-talkie so you can order refreshments while out on the course playing, which they'll deliver to you. There are a few stables on the island but the one that most people recommend for a fun horseback riding adventure through the jungle past some old Mayan ruins
is: Rancho Buenavista.
At the cruise ship docks there are several square blocks of stores selling Cuban cigars, jewellery, t-shirts, tequila, and a large variety of inexpensive souvenirs. Stock up on local delicacies and head back to enjoy the ocean view from your own Mayan villa rental.
Booking a villa rental, vacation rental or accommodation for an island getaway could almost be in any season. Average air temperatures are between 80°F (27°C) and Water temperatures range from 77°-82°F (25°-28°C) throughout the year. It seems to be the perfect location to beat the winter blues.