Justifiably known for its scuba diving and snorkelling, Cozumel is nestled amongst the Mesoamerican reef system which is home to 26 coral species and more than 500 species of fish. Located ten kilometres off the Yucatán Peninsula, this mostly undeveloped island paradise presents a pleasant combination of tourist-friendly hot spots and authentic neighbourhood life. Rent a vehicle to explore small Maya ruins, cliffside bars or the Chankanaab eco park to see dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Get a taste of local culture by heading off the beaten track where you will be greeted by shrines honouring Our Lady of Guadalupe;, an icon of the Catholic Virgin Mary who is said to have appeared near Mexico City over 470 years ago.

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