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Holidays to Mexico

Mexico's largest island, Cozumel, is a relatively undiscovered gem on the continent of South America. Due to its astounding natural beauty, Cozumel is loved by visitors from all over the world and is also admired for its cosmopolitan and contemporary feel with its heady mix of hotels, restaurants and shops. A destination lusted over by keen scuba divers due to its crystal clear and enticing waters; the island is also becoming increasingly popular on cruise line itineraries.

Cozumel is a beautiful island that epitomises style and elegance, while retaining a unique charm and modest, laidback atmosphere. San Miguel, the only town on the island, combines charming elements of Mexican heritage with convenience of the modern day. Plaza Central is the hub of San Miguel where people gather to eat, drink, chat or just spend time relaxing, surrounded by the buzz. The entire area is blocked off to traffic, which means that the crowds can be mighty, but this simply adds to the plaza's ever-zealous atmosphere most prevalent on Sunday evenings when free open-air concerts and dance shows are common. Gather with the locals or take a walk along the main stretch of the town, the latter of which is adorned with designer boutiques, jewellers, high-end restaurants and department stores.

An ocean side boardwalk runs parallel to San Miguel's main stretch and leads to decorative sculptures and commemorative events when followed north. In downtown San Miguel, a more authentic Mexican feel, a multitude of family friendly hotels and low budget amenities await the traveller. Here you can escape the bustling pedestrian traffic of the plaza and surrounding streets while making the most of local prices.

Parque Punta Sur is definitely worth a visit. This national wildlife refuge houses an ancient Mayan lighthouse, making it an ideal visit for tourists looking to take part in some sightseeing. Close to the park's entrance is the self-explanatory Paradise Beach, while two smaller Mayan ruins also sit nearby. San Martin Beach provides the perfect opportunity for swimming, while during May or June's full moon, the traveller may be lucky enough to spot giant sea turtles emerging from the sea to lay their eggs in the sands.

Located in the lush sub-tropical rainforest are the stunning San Gervasio ruins that were once a ceremonial centre dedicated to Mayan goddess Ixchel, and are believed to have been occupied from 300 to 1500 BC. The site includes a plethora of examples of classic Mayan architecture, while tour guides are available to show you around in order to give a deeper insight into the fascinating history of the town.

Chankanaab National Park offers something a little different. It still has a beach, restaurants and shops, but it also provides amazing walking trails and a breathtaking lagoon with a large iguana population. You can swim with dolphins, take a glass-bottomed boat cruise, scuba dive or sea-trek, making for the ultimate holiday experience.

Cozumel is 11.5 miles from the Mexican mainland. Carmen, one of the largest cities along the Riviera Maya coastline, is just a 45-minute ferry ride away. Nearby attractions and activities include underground caves, snorkelling, boogie boarding, and the infamous and unashamed island theme park, Xcaret. The island enjoys a tropical Caribbean climate for much of the year, so its azure waters and white sandy beaches are not subject to seasonal temperatures.

The hurricane season brings high winds and tropical storms, and the summer days can be hot or humid. For tourists, the lesser of the heat-filled months are recommended as the ideal time to travel. For the surfers, cold fronts can churn up the waters in winter, becoming perfect for riding those awe-inspiring waves. Scuba diving lovers are welcome at any time of the year and many of the beach clubs offer snorkelling and diving lessons. The offshore reefs are home to an array of tropical wildlife and the sea itself is truly breathtaking.

Rent a car or a scooter and travel around the island in order to fully experience what Cozumel has to offer. Many of the worthwhile sites, including the ancient ruins and windward beaches, are only accessible by wheels, so having your own transport opens up a wider range of opportunities.

Once visited, the island will definitely draw you back in. The architecture, white sands, heritage and subliminal setting fuse perfectly to make this an up and coming destination. Whether it's for an adrenaline-fuelled water sport trip or a relaxing and tranquil beach holiday, Cozumel will cater for all and will certainly ensure that a return visit is only a matter of time away.

 
 
 
 
 

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