Cozumel Points of Interest
While scuba diving is considered by many to be the principal attraction of Cozumel, the quaint Yucatan island in fact has much more to offer its visitors. In just a few decades, Cozumel has not only reached a status of one of the world's most popular vacation destinations but it is also one of the most frequently visited cruise ship destinations. On almost any given day, you will see at least one (but usually two, three and even four) massive cruise ship liners docked off the coast of San Miguel de Cozumel. So whether you are coming to Cozumel for an extended stay, or if you are stopping by as part of your cruise ship itinerary, we suggest first trying to get on board one of our excellent Cozumel scuba diving excursions. Then, if you have extra time, check out some of the following points of interest.
Chankanaab National Park:
One of the biggest attractions in Cozumel is the gorgeous park located on the western part of the island. The park features an assortment of activities and gorgeous attractions for visitors. One of our favorite parts of the Chankanaab National Park is large natural botanical garden that features a winding walkway that leads out to the beautiful, pristine beaches of the park. On these beaches, guests are welcome to sunbathe, swim, and even grab some snorkeling and go snorkeling right off the shore. Some 500 yards off the shore is even one of Cozumel's best reef dive sites. In addition to the gardens and the beaches, the park is also home to an impressive collection of reconstructions of a Mayan village. The Chankanaab Park (Parque Chankanaab in Spanish) is also home to the dolphin marine facilities where visitors get the chance to swim and interact with dolphins.
San Gervasio is the main Mayan ruins site in Cozumel. Located right in the heart of the island, the site was once home to the sacred and ceremonial grounds of the Mayan goddess of fertility and of the moon, Ixchel. Back in the Mayan era, women from all over the Mayan kingdom were supposed to make a pilgrimage out to these sites on Cozumel at least once in their life. Back then, Cozumel was basically an island dedicated to this goddess, so the site that is now San Gervasio also served as the capital of the island. Today, it is one of the most impressive Mayan ruin sites in Cozumel. It has easy walking paths that allow you to see the ancient classic-style and postclassic style Mayan structures.
Museum of the Island of Cozumel:
Located in Cozumel's Downtown (the town of San Miguel), the Museo de la Isla de Dozumel showcases the unique history and legacy of Cozumel. It is in a former hotel and features exhibits on everything from the island's natural history to its many residents throughout the centuries. You can also see the transformation of Cozumel in the 20th and 21st century when it went from an island with few residents to one of the world's most well-known tourist getaway destinations.