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Cozumel

Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea which is located not far from the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is particularly renowned for its wonderful beaches. The people here are quite friendly and for those on a budget, Cozumel is also a great choice due to the fact that prices here tend to be the same as on the Mexican mainland. An agreeable climate throughout most of the year is another worthwhile benefit to mention.

The Best Time to Visit Cozumel

As this island is found in a rather temperate zone, cool temperatures are rarely an issue. However, the tropical cyclone season needs to be taken into account. Many will choose to avoid the months between July and November (this is when the greatest chances of a hurricane making landfall will occur). Also, many tourists will descend upon the beaches during the early and middle summer. For those who wish to avoid this phenomenon (as well as the expected price increases), it is best to visit Cozumel between January and May.

Flight Information

The main airport serving Cozumel is the Cozumel International Airport (CZM). However, it needs to be pointed out that this airport will not take flights arriving directly from New York. Many will therefore use Cancun International Airport (CUN). From here, a short bus ride will take passengers to a ferry service which runs to and from Cozumel during regular intervals. The average flight time between New York City and Cozumel is roughly 4 hours and 20 minutes (for a non-stop flight). Those with a layover in Chicago or other cities can take just over 6 hours to complete. There are numerous airlines that offer flights to and from Cozumel. Some of the most well-known carriers include American, US Airways and Delta Airlines.

Accommodations

Cozumel is much like any resort island in the Caribbean. There are nearly countless options to choose from. During the warmer months of the year, “casitas” (small rental homes) are commonly occupied along the waterfront. There are also a great number of campgrounds which support tents, caravans and mobile homes. All price ranges can be catered to although as mentioned previously, costs will tend to increase during the height of the tourist season. For those who enjoy living a bit of the high life, there is an impressive selection of luxury resorts. Some of these include the Summer Place Inn, Villa Anna Maria, Villas Deja Blue and Çasa Colonial. Booking in advance is always recommended.

Top Things to do in Cozumel

Unsurprisingly, the beaches here tend to make the top of the list in terms of attractions. Paradise Beach, Nachi-Cocom Beach and Palancar Beach are said to be the best in terms of the cleanliness of the water as well as the nearby amenities that are offered. While lounging in the sun is an excellent way to relax, there are also chances to scuba dive, snorkel and rent boats such as catamarans. Guided rides are available and those who already know how to sail can rent a sailboat.

Chankanaab National Park is a great alternative for those who wish to explore the inland areas of this island. It can be found approximately 9 kilometers south of town. A restaurant and a bar are both located here although the main attraction is a large lagoon that houses an equally large population of native iguanas. There are package tours and group rates available for those who bring their family.

Although this may be a lesser-known fact, Cozumel is actually quite famous for its cuisine. The food here is an interesting mélange of Mexican and Caribbean. So, visitors can expect to enjoy such plates as barbecued beef, tacos and fresh fish alongside tasty beverages. The service here is very friendly and the majority of locations speak English. Some of the most popular spots include Alberto’s Beach Bar, Casa Mission and El Morrito III. On property that is a bit out of the way but worth mentioning is La Cocay. There are several Mayan dishes which can be enjoyed here.

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