Cozumel Attractions and Activities
Carnaval is a multi-day celebration where people dress in colorful costumes and large parades resembling those of Mardi Gras are held. Celebrations begin the Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday. Street parades, concerts, dancing, and other celebrations are just some of the exciting events of Carnaval.
Those interested in seeing Maya ruins should visit San Gervasio on Cozumel Island. Here, the ruins of Maya temples where the fertility goddess Ixchel was worshiped are still visible. There is also a tourist center where drinks and food are available for purchase on the premises. The ruins are open from 7am to 4pm daily.
Museo de Cozumel
This museum was designed to provide people with increased understanding of the history, ecology, and geography of Cozumel. Museum guests will have an opportunity to learn about the extensive history of the region, from the days of the Maya civilization, the Spanish Conquistadors, and the colonization period following the Spanish conquest. Displays about the regionís unique ecology are also available at the museum. A library, souvenir shop, book store, and restaurant are located on the premises.
El Cedral is a historic agricultural region of the Mayan civilization. It is located in Cozumelís central region. Spanish Conquistadors discovered it in the early 1500ís. It is a very popular spot for tourists since it is not hard to get to, and there is no charge to enter El Cedral.
Inexperienced or uncertified divers visiting Cozumel can obtain instruction from Aqua Safari. This company has two 5-star PADI facilities, one downtown and another at the Plaza Las Glorias. Aqua Safari also sponsors diving excursions and rents equipment.
Chankanaab National Park
This national park is a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation and explore historic sites. Snorkeling is very popular in the park since a variety of ship wrecks and schools of tropical fish can be found just off the shore. At Dolphin Discovery, tourists can swim and interact with tame dolphins. A large museum featuring displays about sea life and beautiful botanical gardens with over 400 different types of local plants is also located at the park. Young kids love visiting the sea lion park.