Cozumel Island

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At first sight Cozumel might look like any other tropical island with crystal clear waters, spectacular sunsets, and endless beaches, but Cozumel is not just another Caribbean destination. From the moment you arrive to the island you will feel the warmth of its people, because in Cozumel hospitality is not just a practice, it is a lifestyle.  It’s an island where you will find adventures that will leave you breathless, with endless memories and unforgettable experiences It’s like no other. With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a paradise where tradition, flavor, and joy come together.
This island is world-famous due to its coral reefs, and it was the first island in the world to receive the distinction of the “Island of Peace “by the ONG – ONU International Committee. With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a paradise where tradition, flavor, and joy come together.
The Cozumel Reefs National Park is a symbol of the island as well as the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve. The south edge of the island is a huge protected area, where you find Punta Celarain and its historical lighthouse; there is also the Colombia Lagoon, which is home to many species endemic to the island and other endangered forms of life such as sea turtles and their nesting areas.
With its beautiful beaches and the folklore of its inhabitants, Cozumel is an ideal destination for honeymooners who wish to enjoy colorful and breathtaking sunsets, long walks on the deserted moonlit beaches, swimming in crystal blue waters and romantic dinners.
Admire the ocean and the beauty of the reefs sitting on a submarine. Drive a jeep through the rainforest and swim in a wonderful cenote. Walk in the archaeological site of San Gervasio and pay tribute to the fertility goddess, Ixchel. Dive in the longest barrier reef in America. Enjoy the culinary selections and dishes offered by restaurants. Buy the best brands in jewelry and perfumes, or just get a fun souvenir to remember the island. Pamper yourself in the wide range of hotels – from the smallest and coziest, to the most luxurious properties; you choose the one that best fulfills your needs. This is Cozumel.

History

Although the traditional Mayan thatched roofs from the time when the island was a place of worship to the goddess of fertility “Ixchel” have been replaced by solid concrete construction, its inhabitants still have their ancient innocence, honesty, and willingness to help others. This has always characterized this culture.
The small bits of information collected in historical documents, does not compare to the vast collection of traces left by its former residents as evidence of the importance of the Isla de las Golondrinas as a point of maritime trade for the ancient culture that lived there before the arrival of the Spaniards. Thanks to its geographical location, the Spaniards chose it as a key point in their navigation, since it was there where they had the chance to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.
A welcoming place since ancient times, home of sea turtles, flamingos, raccoons, and coatis, Cozumel was also home to famous pirates around the seventeenth century, and suddenly deserted for unknown reasons. During its years of desolation and loneliness, it cultivated that peculiar feeling that today its visitors enjoy in this small piece of land surrounded by turquoise waters.

Culture

The culture that has been passed onto its descendants and newcomers; it’s the simplicity and calm of a life without haste, which is characteristic of Cozumel’s old fishing villages.
People still listen to the radio no matter the newscast; they talk movies and baseball. It is a culture of great creativity, joy and fellowship, especially during the celebration of traditional festivals such as Carnival (February) and the festival of the Cedral (May). They welcome all visitors who come to Cozumel to join in the celebrations. “San Miguel”, the name given to the small and centrally located city, was named after the Archangel Saint Michael, who is considered the guardian of the city and its people even when they are not in the city.
Cozumel locals mindfully adapted the original appearance and infrastructure of the island, modifying it to make way for progress, other cultures, to share the beauty of their home, its wild nature and the unique color of its waters with all who visit.

Ecology

The average air temperature is 80 degrees or 27 Celsius, but during the warm summers temperatures go up to 90 degrees or 32 Celsius. During winter expect it to be in the 70’s. That’s why every day in Cozumel is a good day to go to the beach. The temperature of the sea goes from 77 to 80 degrees or 25 to 27 Celsius throughout the year.
One of the best things about this place is the fact that it has America’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican reef – the dream of any diver due to the more than 250 species of tropical fish you can find here, including the queen angelfish and toadfish, which can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Also, you can get to swim with sea turtles and an endless variety of marine species that put themselves on display to the visitors who prefer snorkeling rather than diving in unexplored depths.
On land, the trees are dotted with wild life and pelicans enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk.  In the mating season there are huge amounts of crabs everywhere while iguanas exhibit vivid varieties of colors. If it rains, tortoises take a walk through the jungle and the city enjoying the humidity, and sea turtles bury their eggs on the beaches without acknowledging the curious eyes of onlookers.
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