Holidays to Cozumel line up turquoise seas and sizzling street food, topped off with unmistakeably Caribbean vibes.
Isla Cozumel has stuck to its roots, showing off palm tree-lined beachfronts and old-school Mexican towns. Most of the population live in San Miguel, so the rest of the island’s swathed in greenery. The coastline is almost exclusively made up of beaches, and Playa San Francisco steals the show. It’s a winding five-kilometre stretch of alabaster sand, lined with thatched cabanas, cafés and watersports.
With its traditional town square, busy port and a downtown plaza that’s filled with street performers, San Miguel is the beating heart of Cozumel. It showcases wall-to-wall typically Mexican architecture, and it’s speckled with churro carts, taquerias and boutique shops. After dark, the fountain in the centre of town lights up in a riot of colour and sound.
A natural medley
Cozumel’s renowned for having some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world, so this place is packed to the rafters with marine life. And the offering on shore’s pretty impressive, too. Bird species like the Cozumel emerald, the great curassow and the vireo aren’t found anywhere else in the world, and American crocodiles also call the island home.