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Western Caribbean and Panama Canal Itinerary
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.
HISTORY & CULTURE
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.
Top Photo Slice: Cozumel (℗ 11002) Photo contributed by © bornin49
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