Mexico is calling. Cozumel, a popular destination for lovers of sun, surf, flora, and fauna, is located about 12 miles off the coast of mainland Mexico and attracts ecotourists and history fans alike. The Mayan ruins of San Gervasio are a must-see, as are the well-developed coral reefs off the western coast of the island. Watersports and getting up close and personal with the native marine life are popular pastimes on the island, but you’re welcome to have fun in the sun without getting soaked—laying out for a tan somewhere on the many miles of inviting beachfront is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your trip.
If you find yourself visiting Cozumel in February, the Cozumel Carnival festivities await and shouldn’t be missed. Established in the mid-1800s and starting the week before Mardi Gras, Cozumel Carnival is one of the oldest, most important carnival celebrations in all of Mexico. It is also a traditional heritage event for Quintana Roo, the state Cozumel calls home.
Manage to run out of things to do on the island? 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. Indulge in unique dining options, like authentic Yucatecan cuisine, local vendor shopping spots, and the unique nightlife—you just took a vacation from your vacation.