Rich in gastronomy, outdoor adventure and Mayan culture, even a day or two on Cozumel, an island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is an unforgettable experience. The island is easy to navigate by car or bicycle, with plenty of shopping and dining options downtown. But explore beyond the well-known areas and the experience deepens, as the island is largely undeveloped, with swaths of beaches that are home to some of Mexico’s best scuba diving and snorkeling. Here are 10 things to do in Cozumel, whether you’re visiting for a day or a week.
Shop for Arts and Crafts
Cozumel’s downtown is filled with craft markets and art galleries. Unique souvenirs from the region include carved wood, embroidered table linens, hammered metalwork and silver jewelry. Don’t be fooled by the commercial logo and large space at Los Cinco Soles — plenty of handmade treasures, including talavera (colorful Mexican pottery) can be found here. Other notable stops include Galeria Azul (Greg Dietrich’s working glass-art studio) and Bien Raices (a curated collection of handmade art that includes paper lanterns).