Cozumel Carnival 2019 begins, the best celebration of the Mexican Caribbean


The biggest party in Cozumel has started! Each Isla Cozumel prepares for the most anticipated celebration: the Cozumel Carnival 2019. This famous Caribbean celebration will take place on the streets of the Island from February 2 to March 6, under an atmosphere of music, dance, and fiesta to commemorate the best carnival in the Mexican Caribbean.


The theme of this year will be “La fiesta que nos mueve” (The party that moves us), as the population celebrates 145 years of uninterrupted Carnivals, a tradition that thanks for the Easter and the arrival of Spring.


Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Getaway in Cozumel


Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away -the most romantic day of the year- and the perfect opportunity to live an exciting weekend in the company of your better half on the most beautiful island in the Mexican Caribbean: Cozumel.

You are still in time to plan the perfect getaway for you and your partner to enjoy the sun, the turquoise sea, and all the romantic activities to spend a dreamy February 14th.


Jacques Cousteau and his love for Cozumel


In 1961, the famous French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau dived for the first time in Cozumel. He plunged into the sea, mirroring the blue sky, and saw through the turquoise glass the beautiful underwater world of the Mexican Caribbean. Cousteau’s experience captivated the rest of the world, and now Cozumel has the prestige of being the favorite destination of diving enthusiasts worldwide.

Isla Cozumel, the third largest in Mexico with almost 30 miles in length, is famous for its currents, “swim-throughs” and tunnels, and the fantastic Coral Reef that has amazed nationals and foreigners alike.

The life of the ocean is in Cozumel.


The charm of Cozumel for divers relies on is its visibility, almost 100 feet most of the year. Divers most favorite spots are those near “the wall” of Cozumel, from where you can appreciate the beauty of the coral reef more than 80 feet deep. Still further down is the “Cantil,” a natural barrier that separates Playa del Carmen from Cozumel.

The reefs of Cozumel are known for their vigorous currents, so it is necessary to dive accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the location of the dive sites, the passages with their exits, and the route of the water movements and currents.

Natural beauty stands in the turquoise background.


Unrivaled beauty: the swim-throughs

The experience of diving in Cozumel is not complete until you dive to the bottom of the sea and swim among the “swim-throughs”. These are coral formations that are so big that they form tunnels that allow you to dive inside the coral, like a fish underwater!

The life that abounds in coral reefs is the most varied, from sea turtles, manta rays, catsharks, moray eels, lobsters, and colorful fishes that stand among the clarity of the Caribbean waters.

Alone or together, come to Cozumel.


There is a lot of life to discover in Isla Cozumel. Follow the advice of the great divers, like Jacques Cousteau, and dive into one of the best destinations in the world!

Fulfill your New Year’s Resolution and take a Cruise to Cozumel


In the middle of the immense Caribbean Sea, Cozumel Island emerges out of the turquoise blue waters in the Yucatan Peninsula. Known as the second biggest island of Mexico, Cozumel can be reached by airplane, ferry… or a cruise!


In the cruise

No matter the season, the climate is warm year-round, even during winter. That is why cruises sail from North America to the Caribbean escaping the freezing cold and welcoming the nicer tropical weather. Cruises to Cozumel include other ports in the Caribbean, including Grand Cayman, Belize City, and Cancun.

Ideal for couples, families, and groups of friends, cruises to Cozumel require only a passport and the will to live new experiences. Both the local Mexican peso and the U.S. dollar are both accepted as currencies, as well as most of the credit cards.

Cozumel, the number one cruise destination in Mexico.


If you are thinking about which clothes to pack, just bring your casual resort wear, including, T-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, and of course, lots of sunblock! Remember also your sunglasses, hats, comfortable shoes, and swimsuits. Dress code for nighttime is not necessarily a tuxedo, but many restaurants encourage dresses and slacks for evening meals.

In Cozumel

Once you’ve landed from the cruise, there are many great ways to get around Cozumel. Car rentals are available for those over 21 years old, which are convenient for long trips and a more comfortable commuting. Of course, there are taxis, buses; scooter rentals, and bicycles, which are great for the many pedestrian-friendly areas of town.

Dive into the waters of Cozumel!


Cruise destinations in Mexico are perfect for both American and Canadian tourists since English is spoken in hotels, restaurants, and even by some police officers in the streets.

Out of the many activities you can do in Cozumel, diving will be your favorite one, when you discover why here is one of the best diving spots on Earth! Snorkeling, fishing, sailing, surfing are the top beach activities. For the land adventurous, don’t forget to tour the archaeological sites and the museums.

And the most important tip: don’t forget your camera! Are you ready to take a cruise to Cozumel?

You and your friends will love taking a cruise to Cozumel.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Cozumel Island


Every year, when the Autumn breeze brushes the atmosphere, the Mexican territory covers itself with altars, ancient legends, traditional dishes, and the remembrance of friends and family that have passed away. This tradition celebrated for many centuries, it’s not the “Mexican Halloween” as some people mistakenly call it, but the Día de Muertos! And Cozumel is the best place to celebrate it.

The Day of the Dead is a festival considered an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Aware of this, Isla Cozumel and its cheerful settlers relive the ancient tradition of remembering the dead. We present some activities that you can do from October 31st to November 2nd with your family and friends to live a fully Mexican Day of the Dead!

The colorful streets of Cozumel.


Activities to celebrate Day of the Dead

The streets of Cozumel fill with colors and party with the arrival of November. Public squares and alleys, restaurants and cafeterias become spaces for art shows, such as extramural galleries.

In the Benito Juarez Park, tourists and locals gather for the festivities, some disguised as characters of Día de Muertos, especially as Catrinas, the famous caricature of José Guadalupe Posadas. In addition, there are activities to enjoy as storytellers, as well as a contest of altars, dance competitions, the Cultural Autumn Night, snacks and impressive giant catrinas.

There will also be activities in the Chankanaab Natural Park: ofrendas, typical gastronomy, and music. The little ones will have fun with the free papel picado workshop, the typical Mexican chopped paper; as well as dances, seasonal food, and makeup.


The Mayan tradition of Hanal Pixán

For centuries, the historic Mayan people have celebrated a tradition known as Hanal Pixán. Hanal means food in Maya, while Pixán is soul, or accurately, the soul that gives life to the body. Thus, Hanal Pixán is “the food of the souls” that gives life to the souls of the deceased.

This typical food of the Yucatan Peninsula is a magical highlight for the relatives of the deceased, because, as legend tells, it is during these three days of autumn that the dead “receive permission” to visit their relatives.

The first day of the celebration, October 31st, is dedicated to children (hanal palal); the second to adults (hanal nucuch uinicoob); and November 2nd is dedicated to all the saints (hanal pixanoob), in a comunal mass in the local cementary.


Mukbil traditional chicken.


The three days of festivity include the elaboration of altars covered with beautiful crafts, such as embroidered tablecloths, clay frets, wax candles, and incense burners. But the main aspect is the food.

The exquisite chicken mukbil is a dish especially prepared for these dates. Mukbil literally means in Mayan “that has been buried”, because this aspect characterizes its cooking. The stew is prepared with corn dough, lard, chicken and different condiments forming a large tamale that is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked slowly under the ground. A gastronomic delight taught by grandmothers for centuries!

For tradition, gastronomy and beach party, visit Cozumel Island on Day of the Dead!

Live a weekend in Cozumel (part one)


In the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by a turquoise mirror, lies Isla Cozumel, the best-kept secret of the Riviera Maya. Not for nothing, its beauty is transmitted by word of mouth, making it one of the most beloved destinations for national and international tourism.


Planning a few days in Cozumel is a great idea for any long weekend, so we give you some tips in case you plan to visit us soon.


 The beautiful turquoise sea of Cozumel.

The beautiful turquoise sea of Cozumel.



How to get there?


Just 13 miles away from the Yucatan Peninsula and 37 miles from Cancun, Isla Cozumel has different access points. The most practical way to get there is flying directly to the island’s airport, which has daily flights to and from Mexico City, as well as important cities in Canada and the United States. You can also fly from Cancun, on an air journey that lasts less than 15 minutes.


On the other hand, a ferry service sails from Playa del Carmen every hour with destination to the island. Some tours have salsa groups that enliven the 40 minutes boat trip through the calm Caribbean waters. For those who travel by car, ferries depart from Calica, next to the Xcaret park.

The dock of Isla Cozumel.

The dock of Isla Cozumel.


On the island…


In Cozumel there is a huge offer for lodging, including All Inclusive Package. Over fifty options to stay, from luxury hotels to typical inns.


After leaving the suitcases at the hotel, the tour of Cozumel Island begins. To the south is the Chankanaab National Park, which means “little sea”, whose lagoon has the only coral formation in the world. This natural oasis also has a crocodile preserve and a dolphinarium, as well as a show with sea lions.


If you want to know what else to do in your visit to Cozumel, wait for our next entry.

Gorgeous lagoon in Chankanaab.

Gorgeous lagoon in Chankanaab.


Discover the marine life in Cozumel


Cozumel Island is one of the favorite destinations for sea lovers and the life that coexists under its depths. The famous island of Quintana Roo has countless reef formations, a vast diversity of species and crystal clear water, which makes the observation of marine life a colorful spectacle.

Today we share with you 3 ways to explore the wonderful aquatic ecosystem of Cozumel Island. Are you ready to plan your next adventure in the Caribbean Sea?

Explore the Caribbean Sea.

Explore the Caribbean Sea.



Expedition in submarine

That’s right, in Cozumel Island you can have the experience of immersing in the depths of the ocean without having to be an expert in diving. How? Atlantis Submarines offers the unforgettable experience of enjoying the Caribbean Sea on board a modern submarine. Dare to explore the crystal clear waters, the coral formations and the treasures hidden under the ocean.

Sea turtle at Punta Tunich.

Sea turtle at Punta Tunich.



Dive among marine fauna

If what you are looking for is diving, you are in the right place. Cozumel is one of the main tourist destinations for this activity thanks to a variety of options to choose from.

Paraíso is ideal for those who want to start in this incredible experience but have no previous training. It is divided into two zones: South Paraíso, with 45 feet deep, and North Paraíso, with depths that reach 55 feet. In its depths, you can see sponges, marine cucumbers, barracudas, and fish of all kinds.

For more expert divers, we recommend Punta Tunich, which, despite not having an extensive variety of species, will give you the opportunity to observe colorful formations, turtles, and green moray eels.




This is perhaps the number one activity on the island and there are several places to practice it. You can visit El Cielo, ideal for people with little or no experience. In Dzul-Ha you will be able to appreciate colorful fishes and crustaceans, as well as Palancar and Villa Blanca, two other incredible options to live the experience of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Cozumel Island is full of activities that will allow you to discover the life in the ocean. Do not think twice and visit us on your next holiday!

Snorkeling on Cozumel Island.

Snorkeling on Cozumel Island.



Discover the Mayan Rally of Cozumel


Isla Cozumel is one of the most visited Mexican islands on a national level and a favorite of international travelers for being a meeting point between marine and terrestrial nature. Within the framework of the 500th anniversary of Cozumel, this Caribbean oasis became the venue for an event that combines nature with luxury: the Mayan Rally Mexico 2018.

Celebrated this year for the fifth time in the city of Valladolid, this Rally is already considered one of the ten best in the world by different federations of classic vehicles, including the prestigious Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens (FIVA).

1st place winner, Porsche 914 - 1974. Photo taken from Rally Maya.

1st place winner, Porsche 914 – 1974. Photo taken from Rally Maya.


The main event

The Mayan Rally is not a competition of speed, but of distinction and elegance. Vehicles over 40 years old and with 90 percent of their original parts participated in this tour around different emblematic points of the Yucatan Peninsula. Seeking to recreate the journey that the god Kukulcan makes through time, the route of 745 miles traveled through different landmarks of Cozumel and the Peninsula, such as San Gervasio, Punta Sur, El Cedral and Playa Mia.

This edition was the first of its kind to have a stage of the rally within an island, which continued later in the territory of the Mayan Riviera.

During this edition, legendary automobiles such as Porsche, Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Chevrolet, VW, Pontiac, among others, were among the favorites. The winners were those vehicles who maintained a level of speed according to their marked indexes for most of the competition.

2nd place winner, Porsche 911 Coupe - 1975. Photo taken from Rally Maya.

2nd place winner, Porsche 911 Coupe – 1975. Photo taken from Rally Maya.


Due to the celebrations for the 500 years of Isla Cozumel, the Mayan Rally departed started on the island. The event brought together national and international participants, who were prepared to achieve the desired prize. The absolute winners of the competition were: a Ford A Baquet of the year 1929, in the third place; a Porsche 911 Coupe, 1975, with the second place; and the highest winner was a Porsche 914, from 1974.

As part of the celebration, activities were also carried out for the benefit of the inhabitants of the region.

What do you expect to know thoroughly Cozumel? Do not think twice and discover everything that Isla Cozumel has to surprise you!

3rd place winner, Ford A Baquet - 1929. Photo taken from Rally Maya.

3rd place winner, Ford A Baquet – 1929. Photo taken from Rally Maya.

El Caracol, a fascinating archaeological zone in Punta Sur


Traveling to Cozumel Island is entering a wonderful place in the Mexican southeast that unfolds an unknown world. The experiences of Cozumel go from aquatic activities and gastronomic delights, to cultural discoveries in millenary sites.

Among the attractions that can be found on the island, there is an architectural testimony of the Mayan civilization, whose structure and decoration stands out in the region. Its name is El Caracol, a millenarian archaeological site that captures its visitors for its history and meaning.

Located at the southern end of Cozumel Island, to get to El Caracol, you must take a small dirt road that leads to the Punta Celerain lighthouse. It is located in the ecological reserve of Punta Sur, which is managed by the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation.

The Punta Celerain lighthouse in Cozumel, near El Caracol.

The Punta Celerain lighthouse in Cozumel, near El Caracol.


What is El Caracol?

It is a set of structures built during the Late Postclassic that includes vestiges of two main temples. The roofs of both temples are collapsed, but very close to them is the building of El Caracol, which served as a miniature temple that was surrounded by larger structures.

It owes its name to the shells that crown the dome of the temple, decorated with four rows of natural shells embedded in the stucco. It is also known as Caracol Tomb, because of its small size and shape that resembles a burial mound. From this place, you can enjoy an exceptional view of the sea of Punta Sur.

El Caracol, in the Punta Sur park in Cozumel. Photo: Saúl Peláez S.

El Caracol, in the Punta Sur park in Cozumel. Photo: Saúl Peláez S.

It is believed that the temple was dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess, although there is no conclusive proof of this. In addition, it is said in the popular imagination that the blowing of the wind makes the shell whistle.

Because there is no permanent staff on the site, the visit must be requested at least five days in advance at the INAH Center. The visiting hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

El Caracol is another jewel than the Riviera Maya offers, the perfect pretext to visit Cozumel and enjoy the hospitality of its inhabitants and the magic hidden in the Island. When will you visit us?

Culture and nature coexist in Cozumel Island.

Culture and nature coexist in Cozumel Island.

5 interesting facts about the Cozumel Museum


Located in the Mexican Caribbean, full of reefs, crystal clear waters, humid climate and surreal landscapes, Isla Cozumel is a paradise on earth. Also known as the Island of the Swallows, Cozumel is forty minutes by ferry from Playa del Carmen.

During your stay in the Riviera Maya, you must visit is the Museum of the Island of Cozumel. We share with you five reasons not to miss it.

The first tourist hotel on the Island becomes a museum

The museum is installed in what was the first tourist hotel on Isla Cozumel; in a building built during the 30s.