Cozumel started becoming a popular Mexican vacation destination way back in the 1960s and has continued to grow in popularity since.
Only now has it finally reached one of the most coveted statuses in Mexico, though, to be named a Magic Town, which designates a place as having significant cultural, historical, or natural value.
And now Cozumel has officially been named the newest Magic Town near Cancun, as just announced by the Secretary of Tourism.
What Is A Magic Town?
A Magic Town, or Pueblo Magico, is designated by the Mexican government and is chosen based on having certain qualities, a program that began in 2001.
Some Magic Towns are chosen because they represent authenticity and Mexican culture.
Other towns are given the prestigious dedication because they have an abundance of natural attractions.
And some Magical Towns are chosen because they tell the story of the town, region, or country through history.
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Magic Towns In Mexico
Currently, there are only around 132 Magic Towns in all of Mexico, scattered between a number of different states.
To be designated as a Magic Town, the destination must have 5,000 or more residents, an application has to be filed, and a plan for the development of tourism must be made and agreed upon.
After forming a Pueblo Magico committee to deal with all of the steps to get Magic Town status, that committee must continue with and maintain the tourism development plan, to draw in tourists from all over the world.
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Mexican Caribbean Magic Towns
In Quintana Roo, which is the state in which both Cozumel and Cancun are, there are now four Magic Towns, including Cozumel.
The other Pueblo Magicos in the region are Tulum, Isla Mujeres, and Bacalar.
Tulum became a Magic Town in 2015, as did Isla Mujeres, and Bacalar was awarded the status in 2006.
So it’s been eight years since a new town in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean has been recognized as a Magic Town.
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The Tourist Destination Of Cozumel
Cozumel is a stunning island off the coast of Playa del Carmen.
It is mostly known for its white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, but it has even more to offer.
Culture, nature, great restaurants, all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels, beautiful beaches, and more.
Why Cozumel Is So Special
Cozumel is also an extremely popular scuba diving location due to being so close to part of the Mesoamerican Reef located at Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.
Cozumel is also where you will find the Museo Subacuático de Arte, which is an underwater museum full of sculptures.
But perhaps one of the best things to experience in Cozumel is the island’s authentic downtown area, where you’ll find quaint little shops and fantastic eateries.
Three Reasons Cozumel Was Chosen As The Newest Magic Town Near Cancun
There are three main reasons for Cozumel being given this distinctive recognition as a Magic Town:
- It’s Rich Culture – In addition to highlighting the rich culture of Cozumel throughout the island, there are a number of cultural events held annually.
- Its Natural Beauty – Nature in Cozumel is diverse and well-kept, giving tourists the opportunity to explore a variety of nature-related activities.
- Its Alluring Charm – Cozumel still maintains some of its old fishing village vibe that exudes a charm that is alluring to travelers from all over the world.
Cozumel Invites Tourists To Explore
The Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, Bernardo Cueto Riestra, expressed his excitement about Cozumel becoming the next Magic Town and welcoming tourists to the destination.
He commented that they “invite all travelers to discover the treasures that Cozumel has to offer, whether it is exploring its impressive coral reefs, enjoying its traditional festivals or savoring the delicious local cuisine, every experience in Cozumel promises to be unforgettable.”
Maybe even magical…
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