Cozumel is a small island located off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean. It is world renowned for being one of the best locations in the world to snorkel and scuba dive.
Different sea conditions exist on the western and eastern shores of the island. Beaches on the eastern and western ends have similar characteristics, but the waves on the west are smaller than those on the east.
The people of Cozumel are very friendly, and they take great pride in making sure their communities are safe. After the island was hit with a hurricane in 2005, they took pride in making sure their city was rebuilt.
In addition to the hospitality of the locals, Cozumel has world class snorkeling and diving spots in the western portion of the island. Large quantities of coral reef make it an ideal place to explore the ocean depths. In fact, the Mesoamerican Reef is one of the longest stretches of reef in the region.
Tourists will find multiple stores selling scuba and snorkeling gear and sponsoring tours. After a dive, tourists get rejuvenated at one of the many restaurants on the beaches.
Like Cancun, there are many great locations on Cozumel to tour Mayan ruins. Popular sites include San Gervasio and San Gervasio. It is alleged that ruins located in southern Cozumel are the remains of an ancient Mayan lighthouse.
The climate of Cozumel remains warm throughout the year. During summer months, temperatures average in the 90ís (Fahrenheit), while they usually dip to the 70ís during winter. During June and September the island receives heavy rainfall.
Because of the long stretches of reef and sea clear as glass, in some areas more than 200 feet, snorkelers and divers are able to observe a variety of sea life. In fact, more than 200 fish species swim around the coasts of Cozumel, including the indigenous Toad Fish.
There are more than tropical fish to see underwater. Large sponges make their homes in the shores of Cozumel. Because of ample food resources, some sponges in the region grow more than 10 feet.
Rare animal species also roam the islandís landscapes. The dwarf raccoon and indigenous crocodiles are examples. Cozumel is also a destination for birds migrating from cold climates. During the migration season, tourists can observe pelicans, cormorants, and other birds feeding.