Thanks to its dense green vegetation, incredible diving, and beaches with fine coral sand and crystal-clear blue-green sea, the island has become one of the country's hottest vacation spots, as popular among sunbathers as it is for divers.
Known to the Maya as "Ah-cuzamil" ("land of the swallows"), Cozumel was an important place of pilgrimage for worshippers of the sun gods, while during the 17th to 19th centuries it served as a refuge for pirates and smugglers, including such infamous characters as Henry Morgan and Long John Silver. These days, the pirates and pilgrims have been replaced by a new type of sun worshipper—the many tourists drawn here for the resorts and multitude of things to do by the sea. To ensure you get the very best from your visit to this beautiful tropical island, refer to our list of the top tourist attractions in Cozumel. Read the full travel article here.