Cozumel is located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula , opposite Playa del Carmen, is about 12 miles from the mainland, and is the largest island of Mexico. Nearly everybody in Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel (pop. 90,000), which is on the western shore. Cozumel is an island destination for scuba divers and non-scuba divers alike with countless schools of fish and amazing views.
Cozumel has a subtropical climate, so expect some rain, but plenty of tropical breezes and sunshine. The rainy season lasts from May through September; however, many of those days are still considered perfect diving weather. The water temperature averages 77 F in the winter and 85 F in summer. Although these temperatures sound warm and cozy, a light to medium wetsuit may be needed.
There are plenty of accommodations to choose from on the island. Cozumel offers accommodations for every budget and vacation style from luxurious timeshares right on the beach to resorts like the Wyndham, which offer all-inclusive options, to beautiful hotel, hostels and inns further inland.
Most of the scuba diving and snorkeling activity on Cozumel is focused on the reefs and shallow coral formations that extend from the southern tip of the island to just south of San Miguel on the west coast. All of the Cozumel beaches are protected and extend from the ferry pier in downtown San Miguel to the southern tip of the island, many of which are protected as part of an underwater national park. Fishing is not allowed in this area. However, you can book a deep sea fishing excursion with many dive operators on the island.
There are two main coral reef systems surrounding Cozumel: Colombia and Palancar reefs. Easily accessible with plateaus beginning in less than 30 feet of water, Cozumel reefs boast abundant underwater sea life and brilliant colors.