Cozumel By Land

Dry land activities abound on this Mexico Caribbean Island

Visit Cozumel’s Punta Sur Eco Beach Park for its beach, kayak tours, snorkeling, wildlife, and historic lighthouse.
Though the most famous allure of Cozumel may be its impressive scuba scene, those who prefer to stay on dry land have nothing to fear. The island abounds with land-based activities every bit as entertaining as its underwater offerings.

For starters, the island offers a variety of ways to get in touch with Maya culture. The San Gervasio Maya Ruins were once a sanctuary to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and love, that Maya women were required to visit during their lifetime. If you’re more interested in living traditions than archeological ruins, participate in an ancient steam bath at a Mayan Steam Lodge. The ritual is deeply rooted in the Maya culture and is said to bring benefits to the mind, body and spirit.

To get a comprehensive introduction to Mexican history and culture, spend a day at Discover Mexico. This Cozumel theme park offers guided tours that immerse visitors in the evolution of Mexico’s great civilizations along a beautiful garden walk, complete with intricate models of monuments from the past. Other attractions include the Museum of Popular Arts, displaying contemporary folk art from all over Mexico, and a Mexican aerial show with high-flying performers.

Spend time relaxing with a luscious spa day, indulging in signature services and specialized treatments. Spa del Sol offers a holistic approach that makes use of a spectrum of treatments from around the world, while Savia Spa at Playa Azul Hotel makes another fine choice for relaxation and pampering.

Golfers can play a round at the Cozumel Country Club, where the Nicklaus Design Group has created four sets of tees that allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy the greens. The course was designed to preserve the delicate ecosystem of the surrounding mangroves, marshlands and tropical rainforests, giving players the added excitement of sighting such animals as blue crabs, iguanas, crocodiles, raccoons, a number of bird species, and other wildlife.

Finally, be sure to plan a visit to Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, the largest ecological reserve in Cozumel. In addition to a great beach, the park offers exotic birds, wild flora, and crocodile sightings, as well as the chance to climb the historic Celarain Lighthouse for panoramic views.

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