ADD TO LISTCozumel is an island located off the Caribbean coast across from Playa del Carmen. The main town of Cozumel is San Miguel de Cozumel. It's a major destination for snorkeling an scuba diving. Cozumel's main town is San Miguel de Cozumel.
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Cozumel offers some of the world's best scuba diving for a reasonable price. Lodging - Depending on your idea of travel, you can find a hotel to fit your plans. I have stayed at the Reef Club, Hacienda San Miguel, and Casa Del Mar. The Reef Club is an all-inclusive resort, which has its advantages. Just be careful, they will try to get you to buy into a timeshare plan. Casa Del Mar is a very simple hotel. It is my top spot to stay as a diver - it is simply a place to rest at night before I hit the boat again. Hacienda San Miguel is near downtown. It is a cozy little place that is quiet and relaxed. Activities - SCUBA diving. I have used Del Mar Aquatics and Sand Dollar Sports. Del Mar is located across the street from Casa Del Mar (hotel). Typically has smaller groups. Sand Dollar has top of the line gear but can be crowded. Food - My favorite place to eat is Ernesto's Fajita Factory. Tons of good food for little cash. Try the Triple - steak, chicken and shrimp fajitas. Plus the beer is cold.
To get to Isla Cozumel obviously you have to take a boat, you depart from a city called Playa del Carmen that has beautiful beaches and some beautiful little shopping area.
If you've come on a tour from Cancun, you'll get a little bit of time to shop in this area prior to departing.
I can at least attest to the condition of the ocean when I went (October). It was brutal. I never get sea sick, yet this kicked my ass. It was only like a 30 min boat ride but it felt like a few hours.
Once on the island, food and shopping are your primary attractions. Shopping was pretty decent, there were some cool little shops. Unfortunately, as this is a tourist area you'll have to deal with tourist-oriented prices with people not all that willing to haggle. No doubt were I not on a tour I would have been able to experience more...I might have been able to get 100% of that horse & buggy ride I paid for. :(
This is a beautiful place, hands down. Whether you are a tourist, a beach and nature lover, or a people kind of person, this island has it all. Like all the other islands in the "Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico cruise destination area," you can find countless shops selling all kinds of merchandise, you can travel around the island and visit it's main town San Miguel, or enjoy the island's seemingly endless virgin beaches. It's difficult to find water such a beautiful shade of blue. To be honest, this was the first time I've seen such water, aside from pictures I once thought were a little unrealistic.
Wether you want to make your way through town, participate in a variety of popular tourist activities such as snorkeling and visiting the crocodile wild life preserve, take a tour of the island, or just chill on a beach, this place has got it all.
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