Clearly visible from Playa del Carmen lies the island paradise of Cozumel with its spectacular coral reefs and its dazzlingly clear waters. A mecca for scuba divers, Cozumel offers world-class dive sites just a stone's throw from the shore and justly merits its place among the leading dive locations of the world. Boasting the archaeological site of San Gervasio, Chankanaab National Park and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve, Cozumel has a huge amount of activities to offer any visitor - both above and below the water line!
Like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel is filled with local spots serving fresh fish and shellfish dishes including red snapper, Caribbean lobster, and conch. These and other popular dishes are prepared with various spices and chili peppers commonly used in the area.
Even though Cozumel is mostly known for its exceptional scuba diving, it also happens to be the most visited island by cruise ships... and that means shopping. The main street facing the harbor is lined with jewelry and perfume shops offering a large selection of duty-free bargains. Plus, there are plenty of smaller local shops, boutiques, art galleries, and souvenir stands along the side streets to satisfy any shopper's demands.