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Our Top choices for great Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Best Shore Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Cozumel snorkel tours are extremely famous across the world. Located fewTours in Cozumel miles away from the Caribbean coast, Cozumel is a beautiful island with crystal clear water, white beaches and eye catchy homes. The world’s largest reef system is found in this island. This makes Cozumel snorkel tours a dream site for everyone. Sea life is predominantly visible in this holiday destination. Above all, Cozumel will give you a never-like-before underwater experience. With this being said, here are top few snorkel sites in Cozumel.

The Colorful Paradise Reef

Most Cozumel Island Tours begin with the paradise reef. The entire area is broken into three parallel reefs that stretch 600 ft from the shore. Paradise reef enjoys a maximum depth of 50 ft and is home to make corals, fishes and shellfishes. You will be able to see fishes that replicate the colors of the rainbow in Paradise Reef. As you dive through these waters, be prepared to see the wonders of nature!

Stay Amazed at Palancar

Palancar is another snorkeling destination that can leave you amazed. It is situated in Parque Marino Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel. It is a fantastic spot to relax with your dear ones. Snorkeling and diving are identified as must-do activities at Palancar. The waters are home to barracuda, sharks and many more fishes. Indeed, Palancar proves to be a great destination for your next summer holiday.

Tours in CozumelHoliday at El Cielo

The list of Cozumel Island Tours will remain incomplete without “El Cielo”. The holiday destination is also known as the home of stars (what we mean here would be the star fishes)! If you are novice snorkeler, you should begin at El Cielo. It features clear, shallow waters with many phenomenal creatures.

The scrumptious Dzul- Ha

Another beautiful destination in the list of Cozumel snorkel tours would be “Dzul- Ha”. Snorkel Tours in CozumelThese waters are loaded with rays, lobsters, crabs and many other rare fishes. It is a wonderful place for snorkeling. Dzul-Ha lets snorkelers dive as deep as 10 to 15 feet. If you want to enjoy a meal underwater, you should visit Dzul-Ha.

Nemo and Chankanaab

Chankanaab is another wonderful place to snorkel. It is filled with jungles and Mayan ruins. The reef in Chankanaab is around 70 feet deep and 350 yards from the coastline. It is bold and beautiful with spectacular marine life and breath taking coral formations. Who knows you may find Nemo down here!

With all that said at the end of the day it is hard to go wrong with snorkeling in Cozumel as it is one of the best Dive sites in the world.  So Discover Mexico always loves giving you options and loves to have you visit us here in Cozumel.  So check out some any of the great Cozumel Activities that our island has to offer.  We’ll be waiting for your here in the Cozumel Cultural Park!

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Carnaval Cozumel 2016

Festivities in Cozumel in Full Swing

It’s nearing the end of January and this month has been a month of plenty of commotion here in Cozumel, Mexico.  If you have been planning your Cozumel vacation and wondered what Cozumel activities might be taking place this month and next then you won’t Carnaval Cozumel 2016be disappointed. If haven’t been to Cozumel during this time of year or at all then you might not have heard about Carnaval Cozumel.  Carnaval is a very popular festival that takes place every year not only here in Cozumel but throughout the Mexico and in some other parts of North and South America and even in many other parts of the world.

What is Carnaval Cozumel?

If you have heard of Carnaval before then chances are that you probably heard about the huge and likely one of the most famous Carnaval celebrations of them all isCozumel Activities held in Rio de Janeiro.  The Carnaval in Rio is currently the Guiness record holder for the largest Carnaval celebration in the world as they have about 2 million people in attendace each day of Carnaval.  Now, it is no secret that Carnaval in Cozumel is not as huge as it is in Rio, nevertheless it is a huge deal for locals on the island and something that taken very seriously here in Cozumel.

Carnaval in Cozumel has been in celebration every year since 1873 and is always celebrated before Lent, which is a Catholic season that covers about six weeks representing the time that Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.  Carnaval in Cozumel is among the largest of the Carnaval celebrations in the Mexican Caribbean and is an explosion of color.  Carnaval is a 5 day festival with many different activities for Families and all those visiting the island.  During Carnaval Cozumel island locals and visitors will enjoy parades, traditional meals, live music and much more.

Carnaval Cozumel 2016

So what is going to be going on in 2016 for Carnaval in Cozumel?  Good question and the answer is there is plenty of things to do in Cozumel during Carnaval this year.  Every year the local officials try to do bring new performing artists and other ideas toCarnaval Cozumel 2016 Carnaval almost as if they are in competition with themselves from the year prior.  Carnaval competitions and events have often taken place further in town at a club called, “Moby Dick” and this year much to the chagrim of many locals these will be held right in downtown at the Municipal park right on the mainstreet. The city officials have constructed a temporary hall for such events in the hopes of allowing more tourists to see more of carnaval than what they may have missed in prior years, as the club where they were held is much further in town.

This year expect all the usual events such as Costume King competitions for different age groups, the Parades are the biggest events and with the most attendance, dance competitions, Concerts by popular Mexican Artists and much more.  The events begin mid January and Carnaval comes to an end on Feb 10th 2016.  For more information you can ask any of us at Discover Mexico Cozumel.  Here is a link to the Carnaval Cozumel 2016 events calendar courtesy of Cozumel insider.

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Things to do in Cozumel during the Holiday season!

Spending Winter Holidays in Cozumel Mexico

Are you sick and tired of chilly winter celebrations? Do you want to warm up your winter

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Winter Vacation in Cozumel is too good to be true!

holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy Mexican culture this December? If yes, Cozumel will be a wise pick for you. Traveling to Cozumel during cool winter seasons has become a hobby amongst many ardent travelers. The Caribbean destination has evolved to be an idyllic winter getaway that can keep and add more panache and glamour to the festive spirit. Cozumel is much more than a Caribbean Island. It has something interesting for everyone in the family, and this is true at all times of the year. Here are few interesting things to do in Cozumel during winter holidays. These activities should be a part of your Cozumel travel planning process.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving!

New Years in CozumelIf you are travelling to Cozumel, remember to snorkel or scuba dive. The pristine island is renowned for its striking scuba diving locations. And, the best part about scuba diving in Cozumel is that you don’t have to be a professional swimmer. The destination homes some of the world’s finest reef diving spots. Located few miles from the Yucatan Penninsula, Cozumel’s San Miguel is a must visit. Diving in Cozumel will undeniably be a pristine experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

Fun with Chocolate and Culture at Discover Mexico

Things to do in Cozumel will remain incomplete without some cultural activity mixed in thereCozumel Tours somewhere.   Talking to travellers one of the most common things to do to in Cozumel that they seem to be seeking is something off the beaten path and not so touristy.  Travellers now a day are becoming much more interested in not being pampered and living a truly authentic experience.  For that we can recommend our Joy or Chocolate tour right here at Discover Mexico. This tour will give you a chance to experience the joy of learning more about one of everybody’s favorite things, “Chocolate”; but not only that also more about  the Mayan Culture which is something definitely worth immersing yourself in while in Cozumel.

The Verdict

Travelling to Cozumel during winter holidays is an amazing move. The place is loaded with too many things to do! From diving to sightseeing to dune buggy rides, to Christmas Eve posadas to candlelit progressions, the island is lively and a colorful place to enjoy the festive season. So get out of the cold this winter and Cruise to Cozumel!

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Remember Remember! Cozumel Travel Tips

HOLA! Welcome to our Cozumel Travel Guide where we talk about different topics on interest for those Cozumel travel enthusiasts.  We touch on different topics from great Cozumel Tours, Cozumel Travel Tips and some times even a little historical information to bring you an even greater understanding and appreciation for the Mexican Culture.  So this time around on our Cozumel Travel Tips we are going to educate everyone a little bit about 2 of the most important Mexican Holidays.  Both have already past for the year but they are important and believe me if you know the difference between the two and know the history behind them then you will definitely feel closer to your friends in Cozumel.

The Difference between September 16 and November 20 in Mexican History

I have spoken with A LOT of Cozumel Travelers and sometimes things can be confusing especially since sometimes travel coincides with holidays that you are not accustomed or are foreign to you as a non citizen and traveler.  A lot of people tend to confuse September 15 and November 20 in Mexico! Well, if you are aware of the Mexican history, you will understand that these are two different days with great significance.

September 16

Mexican Independence Day!

September 16 represents Mexican Independence Day. Things to do in CozumelIt is extremely famous for the Cry of Dolores. This was when the Mexican war of Independence began by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The event was triggered by Costilla (a Roman Catholic priest) and its anniversary was celebrated since October 1825. So, what did Costilla do? How did Mexico attain independence?

Father of His Country!

Mexican independence is a strategic revolt against the strong Spanish government. This was when Costilla and few other criollos pulled together a clean plan against the ruling government. Though the former royal officer (Augustin de Iturbide) played a major role in achieving independence, the credit was given to Hidalgo. He was recognized as the “Father of his Country”. As Mexico received independence on September 16, no one clearly knows what the “Father of his Country” said. However, history declares this as a very important speech that can move your hearts and minds. Moving on, September 16 has mythical importance too. That is why the day is celebrated with bells and shouts.

November 20

Revolution Day

Cozumel Cultural EventsOn the other hand, November 20 in Mexico is the revolution Day. It is a public holiday that introduced bank holidays and long weekends in 2006. The revolution day marks the anniversary of the commencement of the 1910 to 1917 revolution. It is especially dedicated to the call of Francisco I’s arms! The event signifies how Madero unseated the powerful Porfirio Diaz, who rule for nearly three long decades.

The Controversies

It is quite impressive to note that November 20 is known for its controversies and criticisms. There have being plenty of disagreements on how significant the day is. Most of these views are strongly influenced by critical political views. The day has not being seen as the same thing for many years. Unfortunately, the failure and success of these arguments are yet to be understood and settled.

Here is a quick overview through one of the most famous statements of disagreement:

            Some people questions if the birth of an independent nation is extremely important after three hundred years of stern colonial rule. After all, the 1910-1917 Rule resulted in a much more complex situation – The Promulgation of the 1917 Constitution.

So with that we hope that you will have a great understanding and appreciation for all your friends in Cozumel.  Make sure to come visit us at Discover Mexico for the best Cozumel Cultural Tours and experiences!

Iron Man Cozumel 2015

Iron Man Cozumel 2015!

Iron Man Cozumel 2015 

If you are planning to attend the Iron Man weekend in Cozumel, you are certainly making an intuitive decision. According to experienced travelers, Iron Man Cozumel Cozumel Eventsis a firm ground for both men and women. Defending champions and budding participants go through plenty of drama and tests before they understand their real ability. The kind of effort and dedication you should put in to master Iron Man in Cozumel is quite different. In order to know more about this annual Cozumel Event, you should hear from real participants. Here is a quick walk through what Heather Wurtele says about Iron Man Cozumel 2015.

The Best Climate

According to Heather Wurtele, Cozumel has the world’s best climate for Ironman. Everything you want to give a tough competition to your opponents is here on this beautiful Caribbean island. That is why you should handpick Cozumel, if you are set on experiencing your first Iron Man Competition. Of course, there will be times when you might find skiing and playing in snow much more fascinating but if you are planning your vacation to a warmer climate during the winter season this might be a great excuse to participate in the Iron Man and test yourself.

How to Master the Competition?

Iron Man Cozumel 2015Iron Man Cozumel follows a fine-tuned racing format. You will be astonished to note that the strategic format will push you forward and make sure you have a stunning race experience. Most participants admire the idea of practicing at super high speeds. However, the situation goes to a whole new level if you should race for three consecutive days. The process involves plenty of bike mounts, swim entrances, swim exits and transitions, so, you must be mentally prepared to face those challenges head on. To enjoy a great Iron Man Cozumel, you should engage in frequent training sessions and intense mental preparation.

Know Your Arena

In order to be a great participant during the Iron Man Cozumel weekend, you should practice on the actual grounds.  Many participants come to Cozumel with a week or more ahead of the Iron Man Cozumel to get to know the terrain. This is because no two iron man grounds can be the same. Some can be super calm, whereas others can be extremely windy. In order to enjoy a balanced Iron Man Weekend, you should be prepared to face such conditions. That is why participants are advised to practice on the Cozumel course. Early practice with the right kind of traits will have a definite influence on how you compete and how well you do in the race. Meanwhile, bear in mind that Iron Man Cozumel depends on the climate. This is an influential factor that can have a mighty impact on your overall Iron Man experience.  Anyone that has been to Cozumel knows that rainstorms can pop up on you unexpectedly so get ready to push your limits and come enjoy the Iron Man in Cozumel 2015!

Contact us about your Cozumel Tours today at Discover Mexico Cozumel!

 

 

Halloween in Cozumel

Halloween in Cozumel – Things to do in Cozumel

Celebrating Halloween in Cozumel

Do you want to enjoy a unique, never-like-before Halloween in Mexico? If yes, Cozumel is your next best destination. Locally known as Dia de Las Brujas, Halloween is extremely Cozumel Family Activitiesfamous and important in the island. It is celebrated on the 31st of October and is filled with many scintillating traditions. You will be astounded to note that Halloween in Cozumel has been celebrated for more than four long decades. Indeed, it is one of the island’s most awaited festivals of all time. Unsurprisingly, the feast is loved by little ones and teenagers. It is a special time for Mexican games like trick-or-treat and Queremos chantings.

The Amazing Days

In Cozumel, you will come across the Americanized version of Halloween too. This version of the festival became famous in recent times. Since, Halloween is a very important occasion in the country, people celebrate it with lots of enthusiasm and love. There are several versions of Halloween in Cozumel.  As you move across Mexico, you will see several different types of celebrations. With this being said, here are few things to do in Cozumel during the Halloween season.

The traditional efforts

First of all, traditional Mexican families begin by cleaning and decorating the graves of their dear ones. They use picks, hoes and shovels to clear weeds and grass from the graves. Moving on, the graves are beautifully decorated using flowers and pine needles. Next, families set up altars for their dear ones at home. These alters are decorated wonderfully with candies, bread, flowers and fruits. Some tend to keep alcohol near the altars too!  Note that this is in preparation for the Mexican Holiday, “Day of the Dead”. Day of the Dead is Nov 2nd and is confused all too often with a Mexican Version of Halloween and a piece of advice is don’t get the two confused or compare them in front of the Locals as they are proud of their cultural traditions. So remember Day of the Dead is NOT the Mexican Version of Halloween!

Halloween on a Cruise to Cozumel

Cozumel Family ActivitiesThose who want lively Cozumel family activities during Halloween opt for cruises! For example, the carnival sailing to Cozumel from New Orleans will revitalize new life through your Halloween experience. It is a guest ship decorated with pumpkins, nurtured with Halloween movies and great dance parties. Adults are allowed to enjoy their much loved witches beverages! On the other hand, kids are delighted with especially themed activities. Generally, the cruise arrives at Cozumel on the Day of the Dead! Another interesting cruise that visits Cozumel during Halloween would be the “Celebrity Cruises” from Central America. As suggested by its name, the cruise is loaded with live DJs and costume parties.

For more great Cozumel Travel Tips and info about Cozumel Cultural Events visit us at our Discover Mexico website!

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FCCA Convention 2015 coming to Cozumel – Cozumel News

 

Cruises to Cozumel are a BIG deal and most people know that, but especially the locals here on the island.  The cruise ship industry is the most significant kind of tourism that we get here on the island.  This being the case Cozumel still stands as the number one cruise destination in the Western Caribbean and so for this post we wanted to share with you some of our Cozumel News.  Monday the 2015 FCCA convention begins and this year it will be held right here in Cozumel.  So we figured we would explain a little bit more about the FCCA.

The Impact of FCCA Conferences and Trade Shows

Florida Caribbean Cruise Association alias FCCA is an antique organization

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Photos from the FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2014 in St. Marteen, Bahamas

that was founded in 1972. Since its inception, FCCA has found a sturdy place in Cozumel News. It is a non-profit organization which focuses on ports, cruises, tourism development, security and many other tourism related issues. By default, FCCA strives hard to maintain a steady relationship between public sectors and private bilateral relationships. It understands the need for upright operating practices in the cruise industry. Conversely, FCCA toils with representatives from the government, private sector and ports. They intend to maximize cruise & crew line spending and the count of cruise passengers. Almost all tour operators in Cozumel depend on the initiatives made by FCCA.

Basic Facts About FCCA

Every year, FCCA organizes a cruise convention during mid of October. This is an exquisite conference and trade show. According to sources, FCCA Cruise convention and trade show is capable of improving business in Cozumel. It is quite interesting to note that FCCA makes its way into Cozumel News with its triple digit participants from different parts of the world. The FCCA conference & trade show focuses on objectives that would

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FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2015 in Cozumel, Mexico Oct 5-9

increase the number of cruise destinations in & around Cozumel. Many influential decision makers use FCCA conferences as a platform where they can present and prove their thoughts.

Micky Arison (Chairman of FCCA and Carnival Corporation) believes that Cozumel, Mexico is the right spot for FCCA events. In terms of tourism and water sports, the island has shown drastic performance. It has contributed extensively to cruise tourism and ocean development. This is why FCCA considers Cozumel as a hub for most of its trade shows and conferences.

The Rise in Numbers

When it comes to FCCA in Cozumel, the real numbers speak of several facts. According to tour operators in Cozumel, the destination experienced an increase of 21% of passengers after the 2007 FCCA conference. Consequently, the island witnesses an increase of 10%! On the other hand, per-person expenditure increased by 17% between 2007 and 2008. These are tacky numbers that have contributed extensively to the island’s economy.

The Verdict

Since early 2008, Cozumel cruise excursions have seen more than 3 million passengers. These passengers fall in line with FCCA members. On the whole, FCCA conferences and trade shows have improved the Cozumel experience for both cruise passengers and tour operators.