Cozumel is more than a beautiful white-sand beach. It has cultural attractions as well. Here are some of the highlights:
Chankanaab Park: Located five miles south of San Miguel on the South Coastal Road, this park is within Cozumel’s Reefs National Marine Park and features a rare inland coral reef formation. Chankanaab Lagoon is home to more than 60 species of tropical fish, crustaceans and corals. Visitors can swim with dolphins, watch a sea lion show, visit a reproduction of a Mayan village or hike through a botanical garden. Admission is $19 U.S. for adults; $10 for children ages 3 to 11. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Discover Mexico: A new cultural park about Mexico includes miniature replicas of the country’s most important archeological sites and colonial buildings, video exhibits, permanent and temporary museum displays, an art museum, souvenir shop and snack bar. Admission $20 U.S. Located 5.5 miles south of San Miguel on the South Coastal Road. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Mondays-Saturdays.
Punta Sur light house, ecological park and nature reserve: Besides a historic lighthouse, this 247-acre spread at the south end of the island includes an ecological park and nature reserve where you can watch crocodiles, birds and iguanas from a look-out tower. Turtles come to shore here between June and August to lay eggs. There’s also a navigation museum that explains the island’s history of seamanship and navigation.
San Gervasio Mayan site: These Mayan ruins are considered the most important archaeological site in Cozumel and date back to 300 to 400 A.D. Located on the Transversal Road 5 miles east of San Miguel. Admission $7 U.S. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Museum of the Island of Cozumel: This small museum is three blocks north of the downtown pier in downtown San Miguel. Showcases the island’s history and natural environment from its origins to wildlife migration patterns, archeology and cultural history. Admission $3 U.S. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.