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Sightseeing in Cozumel Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Cozumel is the Mexico's largest island and the center of attraction for hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. Beach goers and divers are attracted by the island; the world's largest coral reef, the length of which is more than 700 kilometers, can be found there. A significant part of the island is occupied by the unique nature reserve, so hiking fans are sure to enjoy a vacation. The island has well-developed tourist infrastructure and offers tourists to appreciate the diversity of historical monuments; many of the local attractions are quite uncommon.
During your holidays on Cozumel, spend a few hours visiting Discover Mexico Park. There are miniature copies of all the famous attractions of the country on its territory. The Park itself … Open
Several thousand years ago, the Maya have lived on the island; the large-scale coral reef has got its name in honor of the first settlers. The most famous and visited attraction in Cozumel is Parque Chankanaab , the unique natural and historical reserve that would take more than one day to explore. Mayan ruins have survived in the park; prehistoric buildings were restored as accurately as possible. Their surroundings are just great; a huge amount of rare animals and birds live in the park; various flora can be found there too. The park features a great dolphinarium that represents an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Photogallery of Parque Chankanaab:
The capital of the island is the picturesque town of San Miguel; it was founded relatively recently, in the mid-19th century. Despite the modest age, the town is famous for abundance of interesting historical and cultural sites. The starting point for all excursions is the central square with tower clock. The age of later is over a hundred years; since the beginning of the 20th century, it’s the main symbol of the capital. San Miguel offers excellent conditions for hiking. The picturesque Parque Benito Juarez is worth visiting and strolling along the waterfront; it was founded in 1935. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Cozumel is the recognized diving and water sports center; thousands fans of beach activities flock there. In 1961, Maya Reef has attracted attention of Cousteau team; since then the amazing … Open
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel in San Miguel is the biggest and the most visited the cultural center. The main part of its exposition is also devoted to the Maya; in addition to archaeological artifacts, visitors can see a rich collection of natural science and geological exhibits. Visiting major archaeological areas should definitely be included in the recreation program. There are ten large-scale archaeological areas on the island; the most interesting among them is San Gervasio .
According to scientists, thousands of years ago the Maya have founded a place of worship dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. The archaeological area is situated in the heart of the island surrounded by impenetrable jungle. During the study, scientists have found several stone statues of Ixchel, which confirmed the version about jungles as the largest religious site. One of the most mysterious island's attractions is the Temple of Small Arms. It has got its original name for a reason; many small handprints in red were found on the inner walls of the ancient temple. According to one version, the temple was dedicated to the god of war called Ah Hulneb that, in addition to all, was the patron of Cozumel. The excursion program offered by the picturesque island is very diverse and amazing.
Choice of hotels on Cozumel is just great, so apartments and resort-style hotels are widespread there. Many visitors of the island are interested, first of all, in beach holidays, so … Open
Everyone who likes diving or only dreams of trying it should visit Cozumel. Close to the island, there are the most interesting diving sites in Mexico. Divers can see unique coral tunnels, the giant Barracuda reef, and several vertical walls. There are suitable diving sites for both beginners and experienced divers. Vacationers, who do not want to dive, can still admire the beauty of the underwater world. They are welcome to attend special excursions in a boat with a transparent bottom.
Cozumel Fans of traditional beach recreation should not forget that there are not that many beaches that are suitable for swimming on the island. The majority of them have a rocky surface. In recent years, several lounge parks have appeared on the island. The entrance is paid, so, for a small fee, vacationers can relax in a comfortable way there. Playa San Francisco and Playa Palancar are the most popular and comfortable beaches of the island. The eastern part of Cozumel has mostly shingle beaches with high waves, so this part of the island attracts numerous surfers, but there are not many suitable beaches for the usual sunbathing and swimming.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Cozumel Island
♥   National Park 'Arrecifes de Cozumel' , 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Laguna de Chancanaab' , 9.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Arrecife de Puerto Morelos' , 39.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Tulum' , 60.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Kabah' , 71.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Cozumel Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Ox Bel Ha

From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
Almost all Ox Bel Ha runs are under the water. Some underground currents are directly connected with the Caribbean. At present the divers have studied about 100 km of the underground galleries. It was found that these great underground currents affect the formation of landflora and fauna. The variety of exotic plants and animals in the coastal regions is due to the subterranean underground caves. … Read further

Alux Restaurant-Bar

From the series “The Most Extraordinary Bars and Café on the Planet”
The main disadvantage of the bar, according to the visitors' opinion, is wet and thick air. The underground cavern is 10 meters under the ground. To get there the visitors have to overdo a special stone ladder. Special conditioning systems were set there up to make the optimal ventilation. It is impossible to use modern powerful air conditioning systems in the cave, they can destroy it. … Read further
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