It’s well known that we have world class diving here and people travel from all over to experience diving Cozumel’s reefs and drift dives. So what is there to do on the Island when you are not diving?
The Cozumel Museum
Recently renovated and re opened the Cozumel Museum is packed with rich cultural history of the island. Located on Melgar just north of the ferry terminal, the museum building itself dates back to 30s, as it was originally one of the first hotels on the island.
Inside It offers four permanent exhibits that give you insight of local geography, ecosystems and the importance of the diverse habitats throughout the island, the history and culture of the island from the arrival of the Spanish and how the population and culture of the island developed.
Give yourself a couple of hours to take your time and enjoy the museum.
General Admission is 11 USD and reduced prices for locals.
San Gervasio Archaeological Site
San Gervasio is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, easily accessible it is located about half way on the transversal road which crosses to the east side of the Island.
San Gervasio’s pre-Hispanic name was Tantun Cuzamil, Mayan for Flat Rock in the place of the Swallows. The ruins were once a hub of worship and a pilgramage site of the goddess Ix Chel, an aged deity of childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. Pre-Columbian Maya women would try to travel to San Gervasio and make offerings at least once in their lives.
The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm and General Admission is 80 Pesos. At the entrance there is an association of certified guides that you can hire for a very reasonable price to show you around each area of the site and explain the history to you. Highly recommended.
Give yourself a few hours or half a day to take your time and explore all of the ruins located in the park. San Gervasio is full of rich cultural history and highly recommended for anyone visiting the island.
Punta Sur Eco Park
Punta Sur is a large ecological park located about 25 km from downtown on the most southern tip of the island. The Park is full of mangroves, wild flora and crocodiles all in their natural habitat.
Inside the park is the Museum of Navigation located inside the old lighthouse keepers quarters and you can climb to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views. You will also see the Mayan ruin El
Caracol (learn the importance of this ruin in the Cozumel Museum!) and there is also an observation tower to view the crocodiles and flamingos in the lagoon. You can also take a boat ride around the lagoon to see the crocodiles and flamingos up close.
The beaches here are spectacular with powdery white sand and the snorkelling at Chunchacab Reef is the best on the island. The park has beach restaurants with sun loungers and chanir, showers and souvenir shops.
General Admission is 18 USD for Adults and 11 USD for children age 4 – 12 years.
The Best Tacos and Traditional Food on the Island
Just a few steps from the main square downtown, located on Juarez between calle 10 and 15, Guisados is a local treasure waiting to be found!
Family run and making delicious family recipes, they serve the best tacos and traditional food on the Island. The black corn tortillas are handmade and they serve a wide range of delicious traditional tacos, mole, chicharron, tinga and many more, they also have many tasty vegetarian options. They serve delicious Olla Coffee, coffee that is sweetened with panela, and now they are serving delicious Ponche Navideño (Christmas punch)
A real traditional restaurant and atmosphere, with tacos just costing 20 pesos this place cannot be missed on your visit here!