The small island of Cozumel, situated off the coast of Playa del Carmen and just a short distance from Cancun on the Mayan Riviera, is also known as the Island of the Swallows. This is an outstanding spot for a vacation, located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, with fine white sandy beaches bathed by crystalline turquoise waters.

Cozumel enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the finest scuba diving destinations thanks to its reefs and exceptional underwater visibility of up to 60 metres and a pleasant average temperature of 27ºC. The Chankanaab Nature Park is well worth a visit with its famous cenotes -deep spring water pools – and 22 metres underwater, the amazing coral biodiversity that is home to objects such as anchors, cannons, a sunken fishing boat and a bronze statue of Christ. At the famous Devil’s Gorge visitors can venture into a cave at a depth of just 15 metres.

The greatest variety of marine species is to be found at the popular Palancar Reef, at a depth of some 20-30 metres. Diving at Palancar is like flying amidst giant coral canyons that drop drown to the ocean’s depths in sheer vertical walls.

Plus, San Francisco boasts a vertical wall embedded with coral and large yellow tube sponges that hang down towards the abyss. Santa Rosa Reef, at a depth of just 15 metres, also has numerous caves inhabited by colonies of delicate Gorgonian sea fans and sponges in countless colours.

For those that prefer dry land, the island boasts numerous superb beaches, the finest of which are San Francisco and Playa Azul, whose waters are so clear that bathers can admire thousands of colourful fish that accompany them as they enjoy a cooling and relaxing swim.

Yet there is much, much more to Cozumel. San Miguel de Cozumel, the largest town on the island is great for a little retail therapy and the chance to discover its wealth of arts and crafts, taste the fish and seafood dishes served in its quaint restaurants and enjoy the lively nightlife.

To enjoy all this and to make sure you don’t miss a thing, what could be better than staying at the IBEROSTAR Cozumel? Your own private paradise.