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Located off the eastern coast of Mexico, a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, is the island of Cozumel. Although Cozumel has much to offer as both a busy cruise port and cultural destination, Cozumel vacations are primarily known for providing one thing above all – some the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world, on the largest reef in the Western hemisphere. It used to be that only divers were interested in Cozumel vacations due to the relative isolation of the Island, and scuba certainly remains a primary draw. But since the development of the Mayan Riviera, interest in Cozumel package holidays has increased to include divers and non-divers alike. Cruise ship traffic, bringing tourists to explore all that Cozumel vacations have to offer, has inspired still greater development of the island, and there is increased ferry service to the mainland. Cozumel vacations include good access to Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera by way of a thirty minute ferry ride from the Island. Other Cozumel vacation highlights include a distinct cruise ship port, a town, and a tequila factory. The rest of the Island is isolated and quiet, but well worth exploring on a Cozumel package holiday, including some historical Mayan ruins.
Cozumel vacation packages generally appeal to a younger crowd as well as avid divers and snorkelers. Cozumel vacations feature a relatively serene environment, although those in search of more activity can access Playa del Carmen via the ferry. Tourists that are more bohemian in nature will appreciate the local town culture while on a Cozumel vacation. For those wishing to do some exploring on a Cozumel package holiday, rent a car, jeep, moped or scooter for the greatest amount of freedom. Taxis are also available, but heavy traffic at the bottom of the cruise ship port could cause delays. While on a Cozumel vacation, banking is easily accessible around town and in the cruise ship area. As with most sun destination travel, we recommend that you stick with bottled water on a Cozumel vacation to avoid any illness.
Generally speaking, the beaches that accompany Cozumel vacations, those on the island, are not great. They are rocky, although the sand is white, and some of the Cozumel vacation hotels do have decent beaches.
In terms of weather, there is really not a bad time of year to go on a Cozumel vacation. During the high tourist season, from December through March, temperatures average around 85?F during the daytime, dropping to 70?F over night. The hottest season is in August, with daytime highs reaching an average of 95?F, but the heat is offset by the ocean breezes, making Cozumel vacations still comfortable at this time of year. The landscape is generally flat, featuring mangroves and rocky beaches, but the real attraction on a Cozumel package holiday can be found under the coastal waters where tourists can cool off while appreciating the diversity of aquatic life.
Hurricane season, with its unpredictability of storm events, typically lasts from July through December, peaking from mid-August to mid-November. You should be aware that bad weather systems may occasionally affect Cozumel vacations. However, when booking Cozumel vacation packages, you can rest assured that tour operators will not fly you into a hurricane, will act fast to get you out in the event of any development. You can find great Cozumel vacation package deals during hurricane season, and the economic advantage is well worth considering. We recommend that you speak with one of our tripcentral.ca agents to fully understand the great value benefit vs. limited risk associated with travel to this region during hurricane season.
At the top of the list, and the reason why most tourists choose Cozumel vacations, is scuba diving and snorkelling. Cozumel is rated as the second best scuba diving site in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef. The black coral Palancar Reef has stunning marine and plant life, and no Cozumel vacation would be complete without experiencing the wonders that wait beneath the surface of the coastal waters. The Chakanaab Lagoon offers one of the most magnificent snorkelling opportunities anywhere, and this activity should not be missed on a Cozumel vacation.
If nightlife is a priority, Cozumel vacations may not be the best option, with only a few outdoor patios and bars, but no lively discos to dance the night away. Cozumel vacation shopping is good, featuring duty free shops, a market, and some local shops available at the cruise ship port. Little souvenirs can also be found in town. Restaurants offer local cuisine, while Carlos & Charlies and Senior Frogs are also available for those in search of typical North American dining while on a Cozumel vacation. For more options, be sure to take the ferry across to Playa del Carmen where you can greatly enhance your Cozumel package holiday experience by taking advantage of all that the mainland has to offer.
If you are looking to round out a Cozumel vacation with other sporting activities, there are plenty of options available. Typical water sport activities are available at the Cozumel vacation hotels, as well as deep sea fishing and zip lining. Cave diving is also a popular activity while on a Cozumel package holiday, for those with a taste for a little more adventure. For those interested in golfing, there is a golf course available on the island, although Cozumel vacations are certainly not recommended for avid golfers.
When looking for day trip opportunities on a Cozumel vacation, visit Playa del Carmen, the Mayan Riviera, or Chankanaab National Park. For those travelling on Cozumel vacations in March, enjoy the March Carnival and all of the festive sights and sounds that accompany this great event. There is plenty to do on a Cozumel vacation, aside from the great scuba diving, and you should speak with a tripcentral.ca travel agent for all of the details.
There are many hotel resort options available when booking a Cozumel vacation package, but hotels are not all-inclusive properties in Cozumel. Built in the early '90's, Cozumel vacation hotels are varied, with a mix of urban and resort styles, catering to a variety of tastes. Many Cozumel vacation hotels are located across the street from the beach, and are low rise buildings, nicely spaced apart. Cozumel vacation resorts are generally quite, although everything becomes quite busy when a cruise ship brings a new group of tourists into port.
Cozumel package vacation flights are seasonally available from both Toronto and Montreal, although direct flights from Toronto are limited. There is very limited direct service to the Island, so you may have to fly to Cancun and then take the ferry to Cozumel. Speak with a tripcentral.ca travel agent for all of the information you need to plan your Cozumel package holiday. Also, if you are planning a dream wedding in the sun, Cozumel packages are a great option, and it is advisable to speak with a tripcentral.ca agent as soon as possible to ensure that all of the details and arrangements are taken care of well in advance.
In general, Cozumel vacations offer excellent value for the avid scuba diver. However, Cozumel vacations may not offer the greatest value for those with other needs – nightlife, premium beaches, etc. – a tripcentral.ca agent can help to ensure that your travel investment provides the greatest holiday experience possible by recommending the 'right' destination to suit your particular needs.