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Where were you for Semana Santa – Cozumel travel tips

Spending the Holy Week in Cozumel

Are you planning on a Cozumel tour during the Holy week? Semana Santa alias Holy Week is a very important religious celebration in the country. It is a time when several thousand people flock into Cozumel. The Holy Week follows many other observances like Carnaval and Lent. It begins on Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramos. With more than 80% Catholics in the country, Holy Week in Mexico is observed with care. In most parts of Mexico, you will come across Churches that weave palm leaves in different patterns. These palms are blessed and carried around the town in small processions. Apart from palm leaves, some people carry chamomile and rosemary too.

The Holy Palm Sunday Procession

Holy Week in Cozumel begins with the Palm Sunday Procession.Cozumel activitiesThis is when the island is flooded with evening celebrations. Locals step up many food booths and souvenir stalls. Once again, these booths and stalls are decorated neatly with paper flowers and palm fronds. Most residents sell homemade treats and rice puddings. These are traditional dishes of New Mexico. Of course, don’t forget to taste the local Mexican punch (ponche), roasted seeds, dry nuts and cool beverages prepared using dry red hibiscus flowers.

The Fun Side of Holy Week in Cozumel
There are so many otheCozumel family activitiesr traditional activities during the Holy Week in Cozumel. An intuitive activity involves the impromptu battles between children. These battles are equipped with egg shells that are filled with casacarones alias confetti. Some families engage in the Mexican version of Bingo. These are good old games that bring families and dear ones together during the festive Holy Week. According to Mexican traditions, the Holy Week is described as the best time to go on long walks with your family members. Conversely, families set on pilgrimage trips to Santuario. This is a 100 mile journey completed on barefoot with candles and prayers.

The Verdict

On the whole, you are fortunate to be a part of Cozumel’s Holy Week Celebrations. This is an amazing time of the year in New Mexico. The entire place lights up with people, fun filled activities and celebrations. Almost all locals step out and fill the streets with lively deeds. Meanwhile, don’t forget to attend a church mass in Cozumel during the special week. All week long, the Churches will help you understand more about the last few days of Christ.

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Cozumel Travel Tips

Tacos, Tacos and Tacos – Where to Eat in Cozume

Cozumel Travel Tips – Where to eat in Cozumel

When traveling to Cozumel you might have already figured out and scheduled your Tours in Cozumel and other Cozumel activities, but there are some things that are most likely not already planned out yet. Where to eat in Cozumel might be something that you haven’t decided on yet which is why we want to help. So today we are going to talk about one of the most popular foods for which Mexico is well known and that is TACOS!  So with that here is a list of some of our favorite Taquerias in Cozumel. This is not in any specific order and we’ll talk a little about what each of these Cozumel Restaurants has that is must try.

Cozumel’s Best Taquerias!

Los Otates – Los Otates is a great taqueria that has been open since 1990 here inThings to do in Cozumel Cozumel and is one of our favorites.  They offer the traditional tacos like Tacos al Pastor, skirt steak, chicken, beef and pork etc.  While the Tacos are great here there are 2 things here that I think are really top notch and definitely something you want to try and that is the gringas but try them with the steak they are awesome!  Also another thing that Los Otates definitely does right is the Pozole which is just great! Los Otates is located on 15 Av sur between Calle 3 and Rosado Salas. Its open air and definitely worth a visit.

El Pique – Likely one of the most well known and talked about Cozumel Taquerias El pique is Places to eat in Cozumellocated right on 30Av across the street from the supermarket, “Aki”.  El pique is very popular especially among the locals and they have quite a long list of tacos and some other things you might not find other places. Their tacos and tortas are great and the gringas are good but I still like the gringas from Los Otates more.  I would definitely put them in second place as far as Tacos al Pastor and I will mention my number one pick for Tacos al Pastor further down the list. I must recommend their Choriqueso which is just awesome! If you aren’t familiar with Choriqueso it is simply grilled melted cheese with Chorizo mixed in but it is awesome to have with chips!

Los Seras – Los Seras is another of our favorite taquerias here in Cozumel and isWhere to eat in Cozumel definitely a must.  Easy to find just like el pique it is located right on 30Av on the corner of Jose Maria Morelos. This taqueria is also popular and usually always has a constant flow of diners ordering in and taking out.  While they are on par with the other mentioned taquerias what really sets them apart is their Mexican pIzzas!  If you haven’t tried them you definitely need to stop by they are excellent!  Oh keep in mind they are closed on Wednesdays but any other night of the week they should be open.

Mister Taco – Last but not least my favorite Taqueria in Cozumel is Mister Taco!  Reason for this Cozumel activitiesis definitely due to the fact that I love their Tacos al Pastor and definitely think they have the best Tacos al Pastor on the island. One tip for you while visiting Cozumel (this also applies to other parts of Mexico), those huge things of meat on a spike next to the fire you may have seen, the bigger they are means the better those Tacos are and if there are two of those out, that is a sure sign of great Tacos al Pastor. Why you might ask? The reason being is that they have to sell all of that in a night it cannot be resused the next day so if they have 2 out that means they are doing some business moving those tacos.  So that said Mister Taco definitely is my favorite spot for tacos al pastor. If you want to avoid the rush go between 6:30pm and 7:30pm as after that the place really picks up with diners and people ordering out.  Don’t get their too late though as sometimes by 11pm they have sold out of their tacos al pastor!

Well there you have it amigos some of our favorite Places to eat in Cozumel that will also give you wallet a break from all the big restaurants you have been visiting. So if you want a truely authentic Mexican taco then any of these will suffice. That’s all we have for this week but if you have any questions feel free to contact us at Discover Mexico. Also let us know what are your favorite places to eat tacos in 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.

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