• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Top 10 Things to do While Visiting Cozumel Mexico

Cozumel is a small island off the coast of Play del Carmen, Mexico. While small, it is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean. The island is mostly underdeveloped with less than half of it inhabited and in use. Cozumel is rich in history and its famous for its coral reefs which makes it a great place to scuba dive.

The island has it's own airport, but most people take the 45 min ferry from Playa Del Carmen. It is also one of the most popular cruise ports in the world. While you can take a quick day trip out here from Playa Del Carmen or a cruise, I recommend you actually spend a few days here as there is plenty to keep you occupied. So let's take a look at some of the great things to do while here. Also check out my other guides on things to do in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Tulum, each within an hour or two of Cozumel.

1. Punta Sur Ecological Park

Located on the southern part of the island, Punta Sur is a 247-acre ecological park that encompasses reefs, beaches, lagoons and forests. It is the perfect place for nature lovers. See everything from exotic birds, crocodiles and sea turtles, to beautiful flowers and beaches you can snorkel or scuba dive in.

The famous Celarain Lighthouse is located here. Climb up its 127 steps and crawl through a tiny door to get a beautiful 360 degree view of the island.

2. Pueblo del Maíz

Pueblo del Maíz is an interactive pre-Hispanic park that combines theater, culture, music, dance and the ingredients of the ancestral heritage of Mayan culture.

Travel through time and actively participate in different activities and workshops along your tour. Watch traditional ceremonies, get your face painted, try unprocessed chewing gum extracted the Mayan way, make your own traditional Mayan chocolate and tamales, take the challenge and play the Mayan ancient ball game and see if you can get the ball through the hoop. This is a truly unique experience and one I don't think you should miss on you visit to Cozumel.

3. Chankanaab Park

Chankanaab Park should be another must on your list. There is so much do here, one full day is just barely enough time.

At this eco-archaeological park, you can see a sea lion show, visit a crocodile exhibit, interact with manatees, snorkel, scuba dive, go on a sea trek, swim with dolphins, enjoy some time at a spa, take a tequila tour, participate in a temazcal, go ziplining, explore an amazing garden, and so much more. When you need a break, grab some lunch and lounge by the beach.

4. Discover Mexico Park

Discover Mexico park is both a theme park and a museum. The museum on the property contains beautiful artifacts and crafts, depicting Mexican history and culture. One of the most unique attractions the park has to offer is its collection of miniature models of popular attractions across Mexico including the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City.

There are additional experiences you could chose to participate in, like a chocolate workshop, an Alebrije workshop and a Jose Cuervo Tequila experience. These additional experiences come with lunch, and they serve the best tasting tacos I've ever had!

5. Take a Jeep Tour

A private customizable jeep tour is a fun way to almost circle the entire island and visit areas not common to tourists. Your tour guide will suggest an itinerary that you are free to customize to your liking. If you're feeling up to it, you could drive yourself with your tour guide directing you.

They could take you to visit Punta Sur, a tequila factory, a chocolate factory and go snorkeling. One area you should definitely request to visit is the "other side" of the island (the southern part of the island). This area is quiet and serene with beautiful white sand beaches. Make sure you stop at The Liquor Box and have some of the best mojitos you'll ever try!

6. Kun Che Park

At Kun Che park, you get to live the experience of the Mayan culture. The park is located at the oldest human settlement of the island, El Cedral town. You can choose between the different experiences they have available or go for the all-inclusive Mayan experience.

Walk through a jungle to a Mayan sanctuary, learning about the representative sculptures of the Mayan gods along the way. Learn how to cook authentic Mayan dishes. Watch a game of Pok Ta Pok, a folk show with regional dances and so much more.

7. Visit a Chocolate Factory

Chocolate is deeply rooted in Mayan history. You can visit a chocolate factory to discover the origins of Mayan chocolate production and how it got famous around the world. Depending on the tour you choose, you may get to taste a variety of chocolates produced the Mayan way and purchase unique brands and flavors at the factory gift shop.

8. Catamaran Cruise

Spend a relaxing day out at sea and bask in the sun during a catamaran cruise. You can get a nice view of the Quintana Roo coastline.

There are various kinds of cruises to choose from. You can choose a snorkeling cruise, sunset cruise, dinner cruise, party cruise or an island hopping cruise. Most cruises will included unlimited open bar, and some include food as well.

9. Food Tour

While there may be plenty of delicious food at your all-inclusive resort, trust me when I say nothing beats eating local. Eat where the locals do and experience authentic Mexican dishes busting in flavor. You can find different unique places on your own or with an experienced guide.

10. Off-Roading

Thrill seekers will enjoying riding an all-terrain buggy through a muddy Mayan jungle. If you take my recommended tour, you'll explore jungle scenery on the way to Jade Caverns, admiring the native vegetation and watch for wildlife along the way. When you arrive at your destination, you'll get to see orchids, stalactite formations, and a natural pool where you can go swimming, if you wish.

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