Cozumel is a Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea located east of the Yucatan Peninsula across from Playa del Carmen. Cozumel has a small island charm but has a population of more than 100,000 people. It is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving, restaurants, and shopping.
My cruise ship pulled into the port at Cozumel and the first thing I noticed from the deck of the ship was how green and lush the island appears to be. The waters just off the coast were filled with catamarans floating idly in the clear blue Caribbean waters. As our cruise ship floated closer to the dock I could hear the sounds of trumpets from the mariachi band playing to greet us to the island.
There is so much to do in Cozumel. One option I highly recommend is to visit Chankanaab National Park which is an ecological park surrounding a lagoon with underwater caverns that is home to dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. I had been to Chankanaab National Park on a previous trip so I decided to begin my time here with a visit the world-famous Palancar Beach. I had heard so many great things about this beach. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was how translucent water appeared. This beach is a popular spot for scuba divers because of the clear turquoise waters and the famous Palancar Reef. There is no entry fee to this beach and it offers a bar/restaurant, water sports & snorkeling excursions. I recommend visiting this beach early because it
is the most popular beach on the island of Cozumel and it got crowded. I was able to relax for a while and do some reading and sightseeing before leaving to go back into town to meet up with some friends from the cruise ship.
I arrived back to the cruise port and it is now much move lively than when I left earlier in the morning. Many of the passengers from the cruise ships are browsing the shops that line the main street near the Port. I met up with my friends and we decided to have lunch at Fat Tuesdays (pictured below) which is a popular Mexican Restaurant known for its Margaritas and delicious Mexican food. It did not disappoint and I highly recommend a visit to Fat Tuesdays when you are in Cozumel.
After lunch my friends and I decided to do some shopping for souvenirs although I was so full that I could have taken a siesta (nap). The tourist shops offer many items that are unique to Mexico such as sombreros, lucha libre masks, a wide selection of hand-woven rugs and blankets along with Mexican pottery. Chocolate and coffee are becoming increasingly popular in Mexico and there was quite a selection to choose from as well.
I finished my shopping, bought a variety of souvenirs, and walked back to the cruise ship to get ready for the sail-away party and then dinner shortly afterwards. There is so much to do on a cruise as well and I will discuss all of that information in another blog.
What I enjoy about taking a cruise to a port is that you usually are there for about 7-10 hours. You can enjoy the local vibe and all the destination has to offer and then decide if you want to visit again in the future. Most major cruise lines sail to Cozumel and there are many airlines that have flights to Cozumel as well.
As I mentioned this is the second time I have visited Cozumel while cruising the Caribbean and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Cozumel. Cozumel offers the perfect escape including sunny weather most of the time with a year-round tropical climate in the upper 80’s during the day along with a cool breeze blowing in from the water. Cozumel provides a variety of water sports, sightseeing, some of the most beautiful beaches in the World, and an island feel with Mexican flare.
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Here are more pictures from my trip.