Even though Cozumel is an island, you should know that it has many well-known attractions. However, there are fascinating things to do on Cozumel that remain under the radar. Here you can connect 100% with the nature and biosphere of the Caribbean Sea. We will tell you about some of these activities to encourage you to explore them all.
Cozumel Pearl Farm
Visiting the Cozumel Pearl Farm is a very authentic experience, which belongs to a family and is operated on a white sand beach on the north coast of the Island of Cozumel. This farm is the only active one in the Caribbean located in a protected natural area. This area remains unspoiled and can only be accessed through a boat after 40 minutes from San Miguel de Cozumel.
The laborious process of keeping oysters in their boxes under the sea is explained in a small and isolated bar on the beach. It can also be experienced on a snorkeling tour, in which it is possible to contemplate a huge bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary that the family submerged so that their farm would be protected. It takes five years for pearl oysters to form such precious mother-of-pearl spheres.
Pueblo del Maiz Theme Park
On the beautiful Island of Cozumel, there are several options for cultural attractions, but only one will leave you wanting more. This is the Pre-Hispanic Park called the Pueblo del Maiz. Here, you will learn a little more about the creation and history of the people of Mayan origin. The park’s main objective is the interaction with the pre-Hispanic culture. But that’s not all; you can experience what a day in the ancient Mayans was like. This entertainment center, which has been open to the public since 2016, was very well planned.
Experts of the Mayan culture supervised the exhibits so that the experience was as close to the way of life of the pre-Hispanic people. You will go on a guided tour through the history of the ancient Maya. Therefore, from your arrival, you will be able to witness some of the ancestral rituals. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Review all the information on their webpage. The tour is available in Spanish and English. You can also buy authentic handmade products made by artisans from the original communities.
Explore Punta Sur Eco Park
Punta Sur is the largest and most important ecological reserve on the Island. Here you will find many great activities, in addition to admiring the incredible paradisiacal landscapes. The park is located south of Cozumel, and this 2,500-acre reserve has the best beach, and it’s a perfect spot for nature lovers. You can admire sea turtles, exotic birds, and crocodiles. Snorkeling is one of the top activities with a majestic reef to explore. You can visit the Celarain lighthouse, the Cultural and Navigation Museum, tour the marshlands, and a Mayan tomb’s ruins. Admire the rich vegetation, beautiful flowers, go bird watching or just hang out at one of the hammocks and enjoy the sun.
Visit the Mayan Ruins
Not many people know that Cozumel has archeological sites, and they are an excellent option for a day trip. San Gervasio is an archeological site tucked into the jungle and 20-minute drive inland. Here you will see the most important pre-hispanic site, considered the center of pilgrimages where the Mayans worshiped the fertility goddess Ixchel. It was also a strategic commerce and political area. You will find isolated temples and architectural sets joined by a network of roads. The general entrance gives you access to the sites, parking, and resting area. You can also get a guided tour for an additional fee. Bring comfortable shoes because you’ll be walking across rocky surfaces most of the time.
El Cedral are the oldest Mayan Ruins, dating back to 800 AD. The ruins are located in the town of El Cedral. The entrance is marked by a massive white and red arch adorned with crosses. All that remains of the historical capital of Cozumel and the former home to its largest community is a small house-sized ruin. This site is much smaller than the San Gervasio Ruins but is easily accessible. The Town of El Cedral is also home to the annual Festival of Santa Cruz and El Cedral Fair.
If you want to feel like you have the place to yourself, we invite you to visit any of these incredible spots in the cruise destination of Cozumel.
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