Say the word “Cozumel” and images of gentle, azure seas, powdery white beaches and palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze are soon dancing in one’s head. Once a peaceful fishing village, this island located south of Cancun now beckons to beach goers and divers from around the world, and even though it can become very crowded during the high season, Cozumel remains in many ways an unspoiled gem ready to provide the perfect Mexico vacation
. Even today, only about 5% of the island is developed.
Anyone in the market for a Cozumel all-inclusive vacation will find any number of posh resorts and hotels, each with its own style and character. The Aura Cozumel Wyndham Grand Bay, with just 96 well appointed rooms, is an intimate Cozumel all-inclusive resort and has several restaurants with a variety of cuisines, 24-hour room service, an indoor infinity pool connected to a river, a health club and massage services. This Cozumel hotel is for adults only and is about 10 miles south of the San Miguel downtown area.
The Occidental Grand Cozumel is another spot for a wonderful Cozumel all-inclusive vacation. This resort has 242 plush rooms and boasts interesting Colonial architecture, lush gardens, several delicious restaurants and breathtaking ocean views.
Another gem of a Cozumel all-inclusive resort is the casual Cozumel Palace. This 176-room hotel is a favorite with snorkelers and divers and has a well-stocked, on site dive shop for renting gear. And, conveniently, a reef perfect for snorkeling and diving is located just outside of the hotel. An outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a children’s pool, a health club, 24-hour room service and restaurants with Asian, and Mexican dishes are reasons why this Cozumel resort continues to delight its guests.
The Park Royal is a Cozumel all-inclusive resort located in a ten-story building that sits on the beach
. Mayan-style stonework, extensive gardens, two restaurants, a fitness center, an on site dive shop and 143 comfortable rooms make this Cozumel resort an excellent base for a fun island vacation.
Cozumel cruises are a popular way to see the island without having to pay for lodging. Throughout the week thousands of tourists from around the world disembark from cruise ships at one of the three Cozumel piers (these were damaged during Hurricane Wilma but are now all restored) and spend the day shopping, eating and strolling Cozumel’s beautiful beaches. Cozumel cruises usually depart from Florida or from ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast.