Cozumel: A Hot, New Caribbean Haven

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Beach of Cozumel


If your clients are looking for the perfect summer escape for a family getaway or a romantic holiday on an island in the Caribbean, look no further than Cozumel, the “Island of the Mayan gods.” In a recently concluded 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards competition conducted by Budget Travel magazine, Cozumel ranked #4 in the world under the Favorite Island Getaway category and #2 in the Caribbean, a testament to its “rising star” status for island getaways.

Long noted for stellar diving and snorkeling in turquoise waters amongst world-class coral reefs, Cozumel is the hot new Caribbean island vacation haven.

The closest Caribbean island to many U.S. gateways, Cozumel is easy to get to—by either non-stop flight, or via non-stop to Cancun plus a short cab and ferry ride to the island that will transport your clients to a world of nature’s wonders.

Brimming with sea life and steeped in the culture of Mexico, Cozumel is more than a sun stop, but also an opportunity to learn more about nature and the Mayan culture. Consider the Mayan archaeological site of San Gervasio, home to the Mayan goddess of the moon, love and fertility, Ix Chel. Or, tour the 247-acre Punta Sur (forming part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park), an ecological wonder where you can spend a full day exploring nature, climbing the Celarain lighthouse stairs for a view of the island, spotting alligators in the lagoon, exploring the nautical museum and studying Caracol, a Mayan site that announced the forthcoming hurricanes.

Chankanaab National Park offers a full day of attractions from swimming with dolphins, kayaking, snuba, snorkeling, diving to see submerged statues or just lazing on the long stretch of beach. A not-to-be-forgotten experience can be had through the Atlantis Submarines (U.S. Coast Guard certified) excursion that explores the underwater wonders at 100 ft. below, or try out the Cozumel Underwater Mini Submarine tour on an underwater scooter. For some all-encompassing fun, the Discover Mexico theme park provides hours of fun and learning while exploring a miniature village of architectural replicas that represent significant cultural sites from all of Mexico.

If golf is your game, the Cozumel Country Club not only offers a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, but also carries the distinction of being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, with birding tours available.

A perfect venue for an island wedding or honeymoon, Cozumel even has its own “Passion Island” just offshore that provides a few hours of romantic escape.

Whether your clients head to Cozumel for romance or relaxation, they’ll find the city and its surroundings to be tranquility-central, exuding the calm that only a Caribbean island steeped in Mexican culture can deliver.

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