Facts About Cozumel

Facts About Cozumel
Cozumel is a Caribbean island offering several outdoor sports, including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and parasailing. Explore its 20 miles of coral reefs, hike among Mayan ruins or drive a jeep through dense jungles.

A Diver's Destination

Jacques Cousteau's 1961 documentary filmed off Cozumel's coast heralded it as a scuba diving location. Dive from 30- to 100-foot depths, with 100-foot-plus visibility, along its reefs.

Underground Cave Diving

Certified divers can explore underground caves in "cenotes," sinkholes formed by water seeping through limestone soil for 7,000 years. Investigate stalactites, stalagmites and marine fossils, with diving lights needed for 23- to 53-foot depths and up to 300-foot visibility.

Mayan Ruins for Climbing or Snorkeling

Climb pyramids at San Gervasio, a sacred site since A.D. 200, or El Caracol, dating to A.D. 1400. Snorkel among shipwrecks at El Castillo, a ruin on Cozumel's east coast.

Nature Preserves

Hike in Chankanaab National Park and Punta Sur Ecological Reserve, both home to indigenous species of birds and small mammals found only on the island.

Equipment and Lodging

All equipment and vehicles are for rent on Cozumel. Accommodations range from five star hotels to economical bungalows to camping at Molas Point lighthouse.

Article Written By Karen Hursh Graber

A native of New York City, Karen Hursh Graber is a food and travel writer. A graduate of Fordham University, she is a regular contributor to El Restaurante Mexicano magazine and National Geographic Books. A winner of the magazine industry's Folio Award, she divides her time between Puebla, Mexico and Sarasota, Florida.

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