In contrast with the vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cancun, Cozumel’s atmosphere is more relaxed, cozy and surrounded by certain mysticism. Eclectic architecture (Mayan style fusion, colonial influence and contemporary design). Also known as the diving capital (second largest coral reef) it is of course a mandatory destination for those who want to practice this activity, but also to go in a relaxed vacation as a couple, or with friends, and even families with young children. In addition to its beaches (fortunately, some of them are still virgin) it has one of the most important Mayan settlements.
Of particular interest: San Gervasio (archaeological site and the Ixchel sanctuary, fertility and love goddess, in whose honor every month of May the Sacred Mayan Voyage is celebrated, a show that must not be missed); Cedral Temple (considered the oldest Mayan structure) Castillo Real, El Caracol, Santa Rita, Ixpal Barco, Xhanan (all of them outstanding examples of Mayan architecture); Discover México (good for children); Palancar National Park (on the reef with the same name, perfect for water sports lovers) Ecological Reserve South Point Park (fishing); Natural Chankanaab Park (natural wells and a great biodiversity of corals); San Juan, Chiquero, San Francisco (parachuting, kite board, windsurf, kayak); beaches; Punta Morena and Chiqueros (surf).
Good eco-friendly golf course, unique on the island (Cozumel Country Club). Arts and crafts made with antique techniques and with a clear reference to Mayan spirituality (textiles, hand-made embroidery, stone and wood carving, baskets, pottery, masks – a must have for those who appreciate this type of art-). Night atmosphere perfect for relaxed romantic outings. Signature cuisine is in fashion, fusing elements of the traditional gastronomy of Yucatán (base of the island’s typical food) with techniques and ingredients of other culinary traditions, mainly European.
TO LODGE COZUMEL
• Aura Cozumel Grand Resort
All-inclusive for adults only. Personalized service. Eighty-seven suites with balconies or private terraces. Ideal for a romantic get-away. Spectacular pool. Good spa.
Tel: (01-987) 872 9300.
• Presidente Intercontinental Resort & Spa
Excellent location. Comfortable and modernistic. Mexican style. Spa and gym. Excellent service. Alfredo di Roma Restaurant, a classic.
Carretera a Chankanaab Km. 6.5. Zona Hotelera.
Tel: (01-987) 872 9500.
TO EAT COZUMEL
• Casa Mission
Mexican cuisine, seafood.
Peculiar charm at this cozy and homey place surrounded by a garden. Ideal for every occasion.
Tortilla soup; Lime soup; Shrimps with garlic.
Av. 55, entre Av. Juárez and Calle 1 Sur.
Tel: (01-987) 872 1641.
Since 1978. Family environment and friendly service. Pleasant terrace.
Wood fire pizzas.
Av. Rafael Melgar 23, between Calles 6 y 8.
Tel: (01-987) 872 0946.
• Kinta Mexican Bistro
Small place, informal diner. Warm and personalized attention by Chris, its owner.
Ideal with friends.
Bean soup; Stuffed hot pepper.
Av. 5, between Calles 2 y 4.
Tel: (01-987) 869 0544.
• La Cabaña del Pescador
Small place that has been open for many years. Brief but good menu. Ideal for an informal outing with family or friends.
Lobster tail; Chowder.
Costera Norte. Zona Hotelera
(frente al Hotel Playa Azul).
Tel: (01-987) 872 0795.[/one_half_last]
TO EAT COZUMEL
• La Cocay
Quality seasoning in a pleasant and sober outdoor patio. Ideal for special and romantic occasions.
Napa salad; Spinach soup.
Calle 8 Norte, between Avenidas 10 y 15.
Tel: (01-987) 872 5533.
• La Lobsteria
Rustic, relaxed and cozy place in what used to be a Mayan house. Ideal for couples, friends and family.
Lobster tail; Lobster tacos.
5ª Avenida Sur cornering Calle 7.
Tel: (01-987) 116 9668.
• Pescadería San Carlos
Simple; tasty seasoning. Ideal for an informal outing with friends or family.
Ceviche; Broiled shrimp tacos; Fried fish.
Av. 50 Bis, betweeen Calle 3 Sur y Av. Rosado Salas.
Tel: (01-987) 872 7440.
• La Perlita
Mexican seafood cuisine.
Informal local place with fresh products. Ideal for an informal outing with the family or friends.
Ceviche (for many, the best).
Calle 10 Norte, between Av. 65 bis y Av. 70.
Tel: (01-987) 869 8343.
• The Money Bar
Informal and rustic. Beach front, in the reef area. Live music. Good bar. Ideal for a stop after diving.
Zona Hotelera Sur Km. 6.5.
Tel: (01-987) 869 5141.