Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

La bienvenida Cozumel!

Have a fiesta with us in Cozumel, Mexico!

Six miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula lies Cozumel, the “Island of the Swallows.” Barely 30 by 10 miles, this diminutive island has become a popular scuba diving destination. Cozumel has all the ingredients for a great dive getaway – friendly locals, good food, lively nightspots, towering coral formations, warm water, great underwater visibility and white sandy beaches. Most dive sites are found within the boundaries of Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, which protects much of the second largest barrier reef system in the world, the Meso-American reef system.

We are not ashamed to say we are the Cozumel experts, in fact, Mark estimates he’s been there 96 times in the past 20 years! We schedule at least 3-4 Cozumel trips throughout the year. Need to do a checkout dive for all of our certification are available on these trips too!

 

How’s the diving in Cozumel?

Cozumel is known in the scuba diving industry as one of the best scuba diving locations in the world. Every dive is a scuba divers dream. Teaming with schools of fish and boasting amazing view, Cozumel offers the avid scuba diver a vast playground. Cozumel is the Mexican Caribbean’s largest island, just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel is 28 miles / 9 meters long and 10 miles / 2 meters wide. Located near Cancun; Cozumel is an island destination for scuba divers and non scuba divers alike. Although it is a divers mecca, even after decades as a popular vacation resort, it remains a serene, quiet and undiscovered piece of paradise. The climate is subtropical.

There are two main coral reef systems surrounding Cozumel, Colombia and Palancar reefs. Easilt accessible with plateaus beginning in less than 30 feet / 9 meters of water, Cozumel reefs boast abundant underwater sea life and brilliant colors, often referred to by many scuba divers as some of the best scuba diving of their lives. At Chankanaab Lagoon, one of the most visited sites on the island, divers and snorkelers can observe small coral and limestone formations at 6 to 30 feet / 2 to 9 meters.

Cozumel, known to the Maya as Island of the Swallows is located off the eastern coast of Mexico ‘s Yucatán Peninsula , opposite Playa del Carmen . It is one of the eight municipalities ( municipios ) of the state of Quintana Roo . Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving . The main town on the island is San Miguel . Located near Cancun, which can be accessed via water taxi, the Yucatan offers exception vacations. Enjoy scuba diving and other fun beach activities when you book a cancun vacation for your family.

Where is Cozumel?

The island is about 30 miles (48 km) north-south and 10 miles (16 km) east-west, and is the largest island of Mexico. It is about 12 miles (20 km) from the mainland, and some (36 miles (60 km) south of Cancún . Nearly everybody in Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel (pop. est. 90,000 in 2003 ), which is on the western shore. The rest of the island is low, flat, and densely vegetated.

What is the history of Cozumel?

Pronounced Co-zu-mel (kō zu-mĕl), the first Maya settled in Cozumel over 2,000 years ago. The island derives its name from the Mayan words Cuzam (swallow) and Lumil (land of), which formed the word Cuzamil (land of swallows). The word changed over time to the current spelling, Cozumel.

During the period between 300 and 900 A.D., Cozumel became an important sanctuary in the Yucatan region. At that time, priests were very high up in the social classes, which propogated religious ceremonies. Mayan women from all over the Yucatán Peninsula and beyond made pilgrimages here to pay tribute to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and the moon. There was a temple erected in her honor at San Gervasio, near the centre of the island.

What should I expect in Cozumel?

Language of Cozumel : English is widely spoken in Cozumel, but Spanish is the official language. A small percent still speak some Mayan on the island.
Cozumel Climate: The climate in Cozumel is subtropical, so expect some rain during most of the year, plenty of tropical breezes (which may require a light jacket in the evenings) and sunshine. The rainy season begins in May and last through September, however, many days are still very divable. Click here for current weather conditions.
Average Water Temp: The water temperature averages 77 degrees ferenheit in the winter and 85 in summer. Although these temperatures sound warm and cozy, a light to medium wetsuit or skin may be needed.
Island Time Zone: Cozumel is on the Central time zone.
Documents to Bring : Proof of citizenship, valid photo ID, and Temporary Tourist card. Please refer to our section on entry documentation.

This trip is an 8 day/7 night all inclusive divers dream at the El Cid, La Ceiba Resort. Here you'll experience 5 days of 2 tank boat dives.

Deluxe Ocean View Double Occupancy

Diver price:  $1390

 

Single and Non-diver pricing available as well.

*Airfare not included, but arrangements are available upon request.

We run this trip three times a year, so don't miss out!

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel’s easygoing island rhythms. It’s an island of enchanting beaches, lush forests, and friendly locals, with brilliantly colored reefs ideal for snorkeling and diving. just three miles from colorful downtown San Miguel. Take a short ferry ride to Playa del Carmen for shopping or to hop a plane to Cancun.

 Our Cozumel hotel on the beach offers guests an ideal locale:

  • Just three miles from colorful downtown San Miguel
  • A few minutes' drive to Playa del Carmen by mainland ferry
  • Only six miles from the Cozumel International Airport
  • Three miles from Chakanaab Park