Cozumel is the largest island in Mexico (14 km wide and 53 km long), located 19 km east of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is famous for its underwater world and the second largest coral reef in the world with a length of over 700 km. The sandy strip of the beach occupies only 3% of the entire territory of the island, the rest is a national park.
In a nutshell, Cozumel is the number one diving destination in Mexico, Cozumel is a cozy island with a dozen hotels and the capital is San Miguel.
How to get there
According to clothesbliss, the local airport receives many flights from America, and planes from Mexico City also land there regularly. Another option is to fly to Cancun, drive to Playa del Carmen, where you can transfer to the ferry that lands in San Miguel. Ferries run once an hour. From Cancun to Cozumel you can also arrive by plane: the flight takes 15 minutes.
On the beaches of Cozumel, they sunbathe a lot and swim a little: the coastline is rocky, and the winds create rather big waves. In general, the western (leeward) part of the island is more suitable for a relaxing pastime on the beach. Few places suitable for swimming have been turned into lounge parks, where for a small fee tourists are provided with an umbrella and a sunbed, as well as the opportunity to use a shower and a relaxation room. Popular parks include Playa San Francisco and Playa Palancar. The eastern, windward, side of Cozumel attracts kitesurfers and just surfers: the waves there are very impressive. The beaches are partly sandy, partly rocky.
Entertainment and attractions of Cozumel
The underwater world is the first and main thing that should be mentioned among local attractions. There are many diving centers on the island, offering divers of any level to dive to corals and fish. The underwater coral tunnels of Punta Sur and Santa Rosa, the Barracuda reef and the vertical walls of Maracaibo Deep (up to 50 m deep) are considered one of the best (but also dangerous!) dive sites in the country. And for tourists with hydrophobia, there is a separate option for exploring underwater life – an excursion on a boat with a transparent bottom.
There are several Mayan ruins on the island: in the town of San Gervasio and Punta Sur Park on the southern tip of Cozumel, where the ancient lighthouse is located.
The resort area of Los Cabos stretches along the sea for almost 40 km between the cities of San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The main contingent here is Americans (about 90% of the total number of tourists), there are practically no Mexicans. Los Cabos compares favorably with other resorts in Mexico in that it is not so humid here – on average, there are only eight rainy days per year. However, prices here are 20-30% higher compared to Cancun.
How to get to Los Cabos
Not far from San Lucas is an international airport. From Russia it is most convenient to fly to Mexico City, and from there get on board a local airline. The flight will take an hour and a half.
Buses in Los Cabos
There is a public bus between the cities of San Jose del Cabo and San Lucas, which costs about 4-7 USD. A taxi will cost around 2-3 USD per kilometer.
Los Cabos Hotels
In Los Cabos there are hotels of the most famous hotel chains: Intercontinental, Hilton, Sheraton, Melia. Five hotels in the resort belong to the “chain” The Leading Hotel of the World, which gives a very clear idea of the level of the resort itself. Unlike Cancun, there are many all-inclusive hotels here.
Almost all 80 km of the coastline are at the mercy of sun worshipers: there are many beaches, and all of them are of consistently excellent quality. Surfers will love the waves of Acapulquito and El Medano, divers will appreciate the clear waters of Palmilla and El Arco, and romantic natures will be delighted with the beauties of Playa del Amor.
Entertainment and attractions of Los Cabos
All water sports, desert jeep safari, fishing, amazing diving (there is a beautiful coral reef nearby). From January to April, whales come to these places, which are observed from the shore, boats and even from airplanes. There are also eight first-class golf courses in Los Cabos.