Cozumel, reached by modern ferry transportation and a small airport, is located 12 miles off the mainland. The island is 34 miles long and 11 miles wide yet still maintains vast areas of untouched jungle and shoreline.
Cruise ships stop for the day in Cozumel and their companies have built their own shopping areas at the dock.
The city of San Miguel invites visitors to experience traditional Yucatecan culture and cuisine. The island’s eastern side is undeveloped and has 3 miles of secluded beach.
Native Mayans established the island as a ceremonial center and commercial port for trading. It was believed Cozumel was the home to the fertility goddess Ixchel and Mayan women came to honor and worship her. It was and important sanctuary in the Yucatan. It is said that during the 17th and 18th centuries pirates used the island to hide their treasures and it is rumored that there is still unfound treasure on the island.