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Cozumel, Mexico

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Overview

Cozumel is an island right off of the eastern coast of Mexico, and is actually a part of Mexico. What once used to be a simple fishing area is now an extremely popular cruise port, particularly well known for its amazing scuba diving. The island's main town is San Miguel de Cozumel, where the majority of the locals live.

Cozumel has a long and interesting history. The Maya are believed to have first settled on this island during the first century AD; however, artifacts dating back even earlier than that point in time have been found.

In 2005 two category 4 hurricanes directly struck Cozumel, causing devastating damage throughout the island. First was Hurricane Emily in July, and then was Hurricane Wilma in October, which caused even more damage than Emily. Since tourism is so vital to the economy in Cozumel, they have quickly bounced back and have repaired or rebuilt just about everything that was significantly damaged.

Being located in the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel has a generally tropical climate, with hot weather year round.


Destinations
Cozumel is included on many Western Caribbean cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Cozumel is not a cruise departure port.


Currency
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN). US Dollars are accepted at most places as well. Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. However, many locals will speak English in the main tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions
Cozumel's economy is based almost entirely in the revenue generated from tourism. As such, there are many hotels, bars and (over 100) restaurants in Cozumel.

Besides going to the beach to just take in the sun, many tourists come to Cozumel for the snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. In fact, there is a truly beautiful coral reef in Cozumel. Parque Chankanaab is a popular place for snorkeling and scuba diving, as it features an underwater park filled with sunken ships, tropical fish and more. There is also a "swim with the dolphins" area and a sea lion park there. Chankanaab Reef is located just south of Parque Chankanaab and is a beautiful (fairly shallow) coral reef that features a wide range of beautiful marine life.

There's really a wide range of things to buy in Cozumel, and a great benefit to take advantage of is the duty-free shopping that's available. Among the more popular items for sale in Cozumel are jewelry, onyx carvings and various Mexican works of art. Most of the shopping areas can be found in downtown Cozumel. In addition to that, there is a large shopping area at the cruise pier of Puerto Maya. There is also a mall at Puerto Langosta, the newest of the cruise piers in Cozumel.


Because of its rich history, dating back to its original Mayan inhabitants, there are quite a few Mayan sites to visit in Cozumel. The more popular sites are located outside of Cozumel, but are within a reasonable distance. For instance, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum are about a one hour drive from Cozumel. Chichen Izta is another very popular Mayan archeological site to visit, as it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's located in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Punta Sur marks the southernmost point of the island of Cozumel. The Celerain lighthouse can be found there and is part of a nautical museum. Observation towers are in this area, making it easy for visitors to view wildlife. Right off of this area is Devil's Throat, an underwater cave formation that's an extremely popular scuba diving area in Cozumel. Tumba del Caracol is a nearby Mayan site.

The mainland resort town of Playa del Carmen is only located about 45-minutes (via ferry) from Cozumel. The ferry costs about $9 per person each way. Tulum (mentioned above) is about 35-miles south of Playa del Carmen.


Port Location
Being one of the more frequently featured ports of call on a Western Caribbean cruise itinerary, there are three large cruise piers in Cozumel. Punta Langosta (the newest of the three) is located right in downtown Cozumel. The International Pier is located about 10 minutes (driving) from downtown. Puerto Maya is located a little farther away from downtown than the International Pier.

If all of the cruise piers are filled up when your ship arrives your ship may end up anchoring offshore and using tenders to take you to and from the island.
 
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