We traveled to the island of Cozumel and arrived January 1st and stayed until the end of February 2015. It is a stunning island in Mexico and the oldest in the Caribbean group. You can drive around the entire island in a few hours and explore the fabulous beaches, ruins and the jungle. Cozumel also has unusually clear water, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. We snorkeled most days and saw many colorful fish and underwater life. The climate was really nice at that time of the year and averaged between 25°C – 30°C. Perfect for beaching and the evenings were really comfortable for wandering and checking out the local stores and markets and eating places. We highly recommend ‘The Landmark of Cozumel’ as a superb place to stay. The Landmark of Cozumel is a sanctuary of privacy, exclusivity and incomparable beauty. It is first class all the way! Offering clean condominiums and friendly helpful staff, it is easy to fall in love with this place.
When they tell you there are crocodiles on the island, believe us…it is true!!! We had our own personal adventure on a tour boat that the motor broke down on. Our guide had to use a long wooden pole to push the boat back to our starting point. We were followed by several very large croc’s that were pretty close to the boat. It was the one and only time we did not have our cameras with us. We didn’t even really believe we would see any! Iguana’s on the other hand are a much smaller reptile, and are seen scurrying about the terrain everywhere.
It is always exciting to discover the local cuisine and of course being ‘foodies’ we did lots of our own cooking as well as eating out. The markets are always on our list of places to explore as you generally get a feel for the locals and see what is locally grown.Fresh fish such as grouper and snapper are found along with lobster and prawns.We just love fresh fruits and you can indulge in some of the best and largest papayas we have seen.There are many venues that love to make ‘oversized’ exotic drinks where you can settle in under a very large sombrero and and share with somebody special!
Pico De Gallo is a fresh uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and key lime juice.It is served before most meals while you enjoy a local beverage. Prawns are a popular dish as well.There is even a local chocolate shoppe called the ‘Chocolateria Isla Bella’ that is operated by a mother-daughter team. They are friendly, helpful and you can even taste the chocolates before you buy. We loved our time in Cozumel!