Bienvenidos a Cozumel. If you’re arriving on the island, it’s most likely by boat. The ports of Cozumel are busy, with hourly ferries from Playa del Carmen and cruise ships unloading thousands of visitors every day. The city is buzzing with activity in the daylight hours as passengers come to enjoy the island to explore. San Miguel is the central city of Cozumel, where most of the population lives. It is where you will find the centre of town.
The island is located about 20 km from the Riviera Maya, and it is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. Cozumel was one of the first places visited by Cortez when he came to conquer what would one day become Mexico. It just recently celebrated it’s 500th birthday. The island was originally inhabited by the Mayans, and the temple here was a major pilgrimage site, as the Moon Goddess Ix Chel – the god of fertility, childbirth, medicine, love and the textile arts – would bless those who made the journey here from elsewhere in the Mayan world. Today it is the pilgrimage site of tourists, especially those who want to visit the underwater reefs and beaches of the island.
When the day is done, you will most likely end up back somewhere close to the centre of town, and there are many great restaurants and shops here. We love walking along the Malecon, which is a beautiful promenade along the waterfront. There are many great nearby places to watch the sunset, either sitting somewhere on the shoreline (we recommend or in a restaurant overlooking the water.
We enjoy walking around the narrow streets and visiting some of the incredible restaurants and bars in town. We have lived on Cozumel for almost two years and over this time we have collected many great pictures from different places around the island. Today we’re showcasing our favourite pictures from around the center of town. We have some great features on Cozumel and the Riviera Maya coming soon, including our favourite sunset spots and the 15 Incredible things we did on Cozumel. Today, we would love to invite you to explore San Miguel de Cozumel with us.