Attractions in Cozumel
This park was brought into existence in 1980 and it was created to be a safe haven for wild marine animals in the region. In addition to the marine animals it was also created to protect the plant life and flowers that line the beautiful coast. You can find this lovely park right by the Fiesta Americana Hotel which is located off of the coast road. The water here is completely translucent giving the viewer a complete view of 100 feet or more. This clear water is what makes Cozumel such a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination. This particular beach has good access to the water and the water here is fairly calm which allows a perfect opportunity to shore-dive or snorkel. There are also a couple statues that make beckon to have their photos taken and they are Christ and there is another of Mary. In addition to the lovely water features in this park there is also a botanical sanctuary with over 55 different species of plants and flowers. If you are lucky you may even catch a vision of a beautiful bird of paradise or a mysterious iguana. There is an archaeology area that has replicated many of the Toltec and Mayan ruin features like huts and temples so that visitors can better learn and understand how these ancient peoples lived and worshipped. If you venture on a bit further you will find yourself in a very loud but beautiful sanctuary for sea lions and dolphins. If you dare you can pay a nominal fee and even swim with these wonderful creatures. If you choose to go this route you will also want to pay and have a video made of this encounter. The park is open every day from 7am-6pm and the fee costs $17 for adults and $7 for children.
Cozumel Island Museum
This history museum is located just a handful of blocks from the main square in town. Thus museums main focus is on the Mayan culture that existed here in the 16th century. Here you will be able to see artifacts, re-creations and also drawings of discoverers like Juan de Grijalva and also Cortez. You can by trinkets and souvenirs in the gift shop and there is also a place where you can eat. The museum provides English and Spanish speaking guides to take you on your tour. The museum is open every day from 9am-5pm. The price to get in is only $4 and kids under 12 are free.
Punta Sur Lighthouse Park
If you venture to the most southern part of the island you will find a beach park and ecology reserve known as Punta Sur Lighthouse Park. In this park area the sand is as white as snow and it also encompasses many swampy lagoons like areas with a thick jungle feel overhead. The most famous feature within the park is the lighthouse known as Faro Punta Sur. This lighthouse is used for fish cook outs where all visitors to the island are invited and it is a party you will not want to miss. The cost to attend the party is $9 per person and all monies go back into the maintenance of this beautiful park. The fee includes a guided tour as well as your meal. If you get hungry before the meal they also have a snack shack where you can fuel up and also a souvenir shop so that you may purchase something to remember this wonderful experience. If you have a string stomach then you may also enjoy a ride on a catamaran boat which is $20. The park is open every day between the hours of 9am and 6pm.
San Gervasio Mayan Ruins
On the east side of the island just a few streets away from the main square is where you will find these Mayan ruins. The ruins here in San Gervasio are the biggest and contain the most historical Mayan significance in the area. This particular ruin dates back to A.D 200. This area was civilized and lived in all the way through the Spanish conquest. Many famous pilgrimages took place here and there are a lot of sacred Mayan spiritual centers within this ruin. This is where shrines to the goddess Ix-Chel the goddess of fertility. Women from all over the world come here to pay homage to this particular goddess as it is said that just being in her shrines presence can help those having trouble to conceive a child. This ruin is about two square miles big and houses many tropical birds and reptiles. If you choose to explore here you can go it alone or with a well informed guide taking you through each artifact. The ruin park is open every day between the hours of 7am and 4pm. The cost to get in the park is $6 for adults and kids are free.