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Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

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Western Caribbean and Panama Canal Itinerary

Welcome to Mexico! The island of Cozumel, just off the northeastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and a bit south of Cancun, offers the Disney Cruise Line’s primary taste of the Caribbean’s Hispanic heritage. You can stay on the island, or visit the Mayan ruins on the mainland. Cozumel offers a wide range of enticing activities and Mexican handcrafted goods.

Relaxing on the beach on Cozumel


Cozumel is a destination of contrasts. For some, it’s a crowded shopping port, intimidatingly foreign to some, exciting for others. It can be a jumping-off point for a visit to ancient ruins, or a gateway to some of the world’s greatest reef diving. Unique nature parks offer underwater and jungle adventures, and white, powdery beaches offer sheltered, resort/upscale experiences on the western shore, or remote, raucous rolling surf on the eastern shore.


With a history as a religious destination dating back to Mayan pre-history (the name Cozumel derives from the Mayan for island of swallows), this is one port where you can visit ruins that actually pre-date Christopher what’s-his-name. The island’s substantial population was destroyed after the Conquistadores’ brutal arrival, and its many coves and inlets served as hideouts for pirates such as Jean Lafitte and Henry Morgan. Settlers returned in the mid-1800s and cultivation of rubber here and on the mainland made this once again a trading center. The island’s beautiful beaches made it part of the State of Quintana Roo’s “Mexican Riviera.” Undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau really put the island on the tourism map in the 1960s, thanks to the island’s prime coral reefs, part of the second-largest coral reef formation in the world.


Size: 30 mi. (48 km.) long x 9 mi. (16 km.) wide
Climate: Subtropical Temperatures: 75°F (24°C) to 90°F (32°C)
Population: 100,000 Busy Season: Mid-February to April
Language: Spanish, English Money: Nuevo Peso ($18 Pesos = $1 U.S.)
Time Zone: Central (DST observed) Transportation: Walking, taxis, scooters
Phones: Dial 011- from U.S., dial 060 for emergencies, dial 20092 for police
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Top Photo Slice: Cozumel (℗ 11002) Photo contributed by © bornin49


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