COZUMEL ISLAND : THE SPOT AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW
INTRODUCTION : COZUMEL ISLAND A NATURAL PARADISE
Until the early sixties, Cozumel Island was a small laid-back fishermen’s village. It caught international attention when Jacques-Ives Cousteau, a world renowned diver and oceanographer, prepared a television documentary that showed the world the beauty of our island waters and reef formations.
Today Cozumel Island is a world class dive destination due to its marine biodiversity & crystalline blue waters. Even though resorts, restaurants, and other business have sprung up to serve visitors, when you visit Cozumel you will casually feel one step aside from rest of the world.
The subtropical climate (temp. ranging from low 70° F to high 90° F) creates the perfect environment for all sorts of marine life. Cozumel Island’s reef formations form part of the second largest barrier-reef in the world. Nature’s magnificence is available to divers and non divers alike. Snorkeling in shallow waters close to the beach is a once in a lifetime experience to enthusiasts of all ages. Sandy powdery beaches and temperate climate add up to holistic mind & body relaxation through nature contemplation.
Cozumel Island is the second largest inhabited island in Mexico, located a mere 11 miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula. It is covered by tropical jungle and mangrove wetlands in approximately 80% of its surface. The remaining surface is constituted by San Miguel, a 100+ year old settlement currently populated by approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Similar to the Yucatan and Florida peninsulas, Cozumel Island is formed by a limestone plateau measuring 34 miles north to south by 10 miles east to west. Topography is significantly flat, lacking riverbeds and hill formations. Conversely, Cozumel Island counts with an extensive network of subsurface fresh water (aquifer) that silently flows underground through the porous limestone. Filtered by the limestone, subsurface fresh water flows to the ocean through underground caverns. In some cases, water erosion close to the surface evolve into sink holes (cenotes). These underwater environments have a unique endemic biodiversity, which combined with great visibility & unique rock formations create some of the most renowned cave and cavern diving in the world.
With the purpose of planning your next visit, I have outlined a weeklong program of activities. Feel free to review its content, and don't hesitate to contact me for tips and updates.