Mexico is calling. Cozumel, a popular destination for lovers of sun, surf, flora, and fauna, is a perfect choice for lovers of ecotourism and the great outdoors. Off the western edge of the island are well-developed coral reefs, though they may also be found in several offshore areas. Thriving underwater gardens abound, divers, and submarines can take those of us without scuba experience down to view the underwater wonders. If you love the water but prefer to stay above it, there’s no lack of other watersports to take advantage of; try your hand at parasailing, canoeing, kayaking—or maybe just sunbathe on a beach towel.
If you’d prefer to stay on land, there’s plenty else to do outdoors. Find zip lining, hang gliding, rappelling, bicycle tours—exploring the island’s vast biodiversity is an adventure unto itself! If you find yourself visiting Cozumel in February, make sure to indulge in the Cozumel Carnival festivities. Established in the mid-1800s and starting the week before Mardi Gras, Cozumel Carnival is one of the oldest, most important carnival celebrations in Mexico. It is also a traditional heritage event for the state in which Cozumel is located, Quintana Roo.
One of the best parts of a visit to Cozumel is the fun doesn’t have to stay contained inside the city (though you certainly won’t run out of things to do). You can hop on the ferry to mainland Mexico and spend a day in Playa del Carmen at San Miguel and explore Mexico from the other side of the Cozumel Channel. Here you’ll find shopping, nightlife, and other sightseeing favorites.