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Cozumel is a small island just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, directly east of the popular Riviera Maya beach destination Playa del Carmen. Cozumel is one of Mexico's top vacation destination and also one of the country's main cruise ship ports. The tiny island offers visitors a quaint tropical island getaway complete with pristine beaches, year-round clear waters, and an inviting and diverse downtown in the island's main city, San Miguel de Cozumel.
Cozumel is only 30 miles long and just under 10 miles wide. One could easily drive around the entirety of the island in just one day. But there is so much to do in Cozumel that one day is simply not enough time to explore everything the island has to offer. Cozumel is home to one of Mexico's premier dolphin training facilities, located in the gorgeous conservation area, Chankanaab National Park. The island is also home to several Mayan ruins such as San Gervasio, the sacred sanctuary of the Mayan goddess X'chel. Along the long coastlines of the island, you will find wide stretches of white-sand beaches with waters that remain crystal clear and warm throughout the year.
In addition to these great attractions, Cozumel is also the starting point for some of the Caribbean's most lauded scuba diving and snorkeling excursions, thanks to the island's proximity to massive patches of coral reef gardens. Fishing, too, is one of the island's most highly praised activities thanks to the sheer diversity and abundance of top game species.
Cozumel was once a Mayan island that was sacred to the Mayan Moon goddess, Ix Chel or X'chel. The Mayan ruins that remain today were either the sanctuary for the goddess herself (San Gervasio) or temples that served as meeting places for pilgrimages primarily for women who were seeking fertility. The islands were first visited by Spanish explorers in 1518. Within 50 years from the arrival of the Spanish, only 30 Mayans remained on the island from what was once an island populated by approximately 40,000. In 1960, it was Jacques Cousteau who discovered the fascinating underwater worlds of the coral reef gardens just south of the island. Since then, the island has gained a reputation as one of the world's top scuba diving destinations.
Today, Cozumel is known not only for scuba diving but also for a diverse array of activities and excursions, the most popular of these being the dolphin programs located in the dolphin facilities in Chankanaab National Park. The area on which the park sits was decreed a national park in 1980. The national park is truly a testament to the natural beauty found on the small Yucatan island of Cozumel.
Here at Cozumel Dolphins, we work with only the most dedicated and service-oriented travel agents. Our team is made up of expert Cozumel agents who know how to provide you with only the best customer service. Our staff is familiar with all of our Cozumel dolphin tours and will be happy to answer any questions you might have about our tours, Cozumel, or the Yucatan Peninsula. Not sure which of our tours to go on? Simply call our offices and our agents will be happy to find the Cozumel dolphin tour that is perfect for you and your group!
The team at Cozumel Dolphins is made up of enthusiastic and expert agents who are highly familiar with the travel industry and Cozumel. We work with the most highly trained dolphin experts who provide our clients with a truly unforgettable dolphin experience, whether you are going on the Dolphin Encounters or the Dolphin Swims.