Things to Do

The number one activity in Cozumel is of course scuba diving and snorkelling but there are also other things to do and see.

Chankanaab Lagoon
Just south of the town of San Miguel you will find the Chankanaab Lagoon, located within Isla Cozumel’s Reefs National Marine Park. This features the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The park is home to a world renowned eco-system and natural aquarium and the lagoon is home to more than 60 species of tropical fish, crustaceans and corals. There is a botanical garden with a plethora of tropical plant species. Restrooms, showers, hammocks and beach chairs are provided and you can take scuba, snorkel or seatrek tours or even swim with dolphins for an extra cost.

Punta Sur National Park
Punta Sur National Park encompasses the reefs, beaches, lagoons, and the low forest of the surrounding area at the southern tip of Cozumel. The reef system here is also part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. On this side of the island you will find a more rugged, wild coastline. You can visit the Celerain Lighthouse which you can climb to get an amazing view, or the Columbia Lagoon teeming with nesting birds and other wildlife including crocodiles.

San Gervasio
Although the Mayan archaeological site at San Gervasio has not had a lot of restoration, there are numerous structures and the beautiful natural setting makes it well worth the visit. San Gervasio has a long history, beginning sometime around 100 BC and still functioned as a religious site as late as the 16th century when the Spaniards arrived. It is located in the centre of the island and surrounded by jungle with beautiful flowers and foliage and brilliantly coloured iguanas. It was dedicated to the Mayan goddess Ixchel who was the goddess of midwifery, fertility, medicine and weaving. Many women from mainland Mayan settlements made the pilgrimage here to Ixchel´s shrine at some point in their lifetime and many statues to Ixchel are to be found scattered around the island at the many temples.

To uphold Mayan traditions the Sacred Mayan Crossing is held here every year in May. Participants dressed in traditional Mayan attire set out in wooden canoes from Xcaret and paddle across to Cozumel in order to worship Ixchel. They arrive at the sacred Mayan archaeological site of San Gervasio.

Cozumel Country Club
For golf enthusiasts there is the Niklaus designed golf course at the Cozumel where you can enjoy a round of golf surrounded by mangroves, marshlands and tropical rainforest, home to blue crabs, iguanas, crocodiles, raccoons and a multitude of species of birds.

When you want to sit back and relax there are many beautiful beaches, and the town is full of great restaurants and designer shops as well as many shops selling Mexican handcrafts so you will never run out of things to do in Cozumel.

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