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Cozumel - Cruise Port

Caribbean cruises that offer port excursions to Cozumel will dock on the western side of the island. All are fairly close together, leaving all of the island’s attractions at your fingertips. From beach clubs where you can enjoy a spot of scuba diving to bars serving a vast array of cocktails, you’ll find plenty to do as you soak up the Cozumel sun.

The island’s main tourist destination is the town of San Miguel. Here you’ll see the influence of Mexican culture in the colourful buildings and the restaurants serving authentic Mexican dishes. The waters surrounding the island are home to tropical fish, seahorses, rays and turtles, with many of the latter making their way to the sands during nesting season.

Sightseeing in Cozumel

Cruises that stop in Cozumel offer a chance to experience a real tropical beach environment, where the water is as attractive as the land. Most people visit the island for scuba diving holidays, and there are dive spots off-shore that can be accessed by boat. Glass bottom boat tours are a perfect way to while away the hours if you’re not too tired of being on the waves, though the dry land offers plenty of attractions of its own:

Paradise Beach: A great place to relax, Paradise Beach has bars and food stands serving a wide variety of snacks, light meals and drinks. You can hire a sun lounger and lie back, listening to the sounds of those enjoying water sports, or can try your hand at scuba diving, surfing or kayaking. Other options include coconut tree climbing and water trampolining, though you might prefer to book in for a massage followed by an ice cold cocktail.

Chankanaab National Park: As well as native Caribbean plants, this National Park is home to many of the island’s iguanas. Seeing them roaming free is a unique and unforgettable experience, and as an optional extra you can swim with dolphins during your visit.

San Gervasio: The Mayan ruins of San Gervasio are one of the most popular attractions for tourists. The Mayans worshipped the fertility goddess, Ixchel, from this ceremonial venue.

Shopping in Cozumel

Hand-crafted souvenirs and Sterling Silver jewellery are sold at stalls and shops throughout Cozumel. You can take home leather accessories, including belts and bags, or a hammock for relaxing afternoons in the garden upon your return home. You can also pick up a bottle of local Tequila from one of the island’s many retailers.

Eating Out in Cozumel

San Miguel’s beach bars are perfect if you simply want to relax with a refreshing beer or mojito. They often serve freshly caught seafood, including grilled mahi-mahi, and have live music and dance performances to enhance your dining experience. Traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, fajitas and enchiladas are also popular on the island. For something a little different, order Mayan pork dishes. A sweet marinade is the perfect accompaniment, with no sauces needed.

If you’re celebrating an anniversary or special occasion, then you might want to consider a visit to the beautiful Casa Mission. The food at Casa Mission isn’t the only attraction. Before or after, you can take a stroll around the beautiful gardens which are home to colourful birds. A shot of tequila is an ideal way to end your shore excursion.

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