Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico - Island of the swallows

Cozumel is a Mayan word which translated to english means the Island of the Swallows. It is an island of the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. Cozumel is one of the ten municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a destination most famous for it's breath taking scuba diving and snorkeling in pretty much all areas around the island. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

Top activities in Cozumel, Mexico

Tourism, diving and charter fishing are the main activities on this amazing island. There are more than 300 restaurants on the island and many hotels, some of which run dive operations, have swimming pools, private docks, and multiple dining facilities. Other water activities include para-sailing, kitesurfing, and a tourist submarine. There are also two dolphinariums. At the cruise ship docks there are several square blocks of stores selling Cuban cigars, jewellery, t-shirts, tequila, and a large variety of inexpensive souvenirs. There are many restaurants in San Miguel that have a huge variety of different cuisines.

Geography & location

Cozumel island is about 30 mi long and 9.9 mi wide, and is Mexico's largest Caribbean island. It is Mexico's third-largest island, following Tiburón Island and Isla Ángel de la Guarda. It lies some 6.2 mi from the mainland, and 56 mi south of Cancun.

The vast majority of the population of Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel (pop. 77,236 in 2010), which is on the island's western shore. The municipality, which includes two small areas on the mainland enclaved within the Municipality of Solidaridad with a land area of 10.423 km² (4.024 sq mi), has a total land area of 647.33 km² (249.93 sq mi). The land area is covered with an impenetrable jungle which has many endemic animal species. Cozumel island, including offshore islets, has a land area of 477.961 km2 (184.542 sq mi).

Cozumel has tropical savanna climate under the Köppen climate classification that closely borders on a tropical monsoon climate. The dry season is short, only occurring from February to April but even in these months, precipitation is observed, averaging about 45 millimetres (1.8 in) of rain per month. The wet season is lengthy, covering most of the months, with September and October being the wettest months, when precipitation averages over 240 millimetres (9.4 in).

In down town Cozumel are several discothèques, bars, cinemas, stages and restaurants. The main plaza includes a fixed stage where Cozumelenians and tourists celebrate the Sunday evening with a dance into the night.

All food and manufactured supplies are shipped to the island. Water is provided by three different desalination facilities located on the island.

Weather in Cozumel

Cozumel weather boasts year round sunshine making it ideal for a vacation at any time of year. Cozumel weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine.

68° / 86° F October to March
75° / 91° F April to September

Languages spoken in Cozumel

The official language spoken in Cozumel is Spanish. Most of the Mexicans working in the tourism industry speak English and you will find that French, Italian and German are also spoken by some. Many of the local indigenous people still speak Mayan as their first language and Spanish as their second, you will often hear them speaking Mayan amongst themselves.

Spanish (National toungue)
Mayan (local toungue)

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