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Cozumel - the Largest Caribbean Island of Mexico

xorolik • 4 minutes read • September 24th, 2015

Cozumel, meaning "Island of Swallows" in Mayan, 

is the largest island in the Caribbean and belongs to Mexico.
It is located 11 miles (19 km) East of the Yucatan Peninsula and 37 miles (60 km) from Cancun. 
Sculptures of swallows on the waterfront of

Cozumel Island

.

San Miguel is the only town on Cozumel Island. Traffic from the mainland is carried by ferry to Playa del Carmen. Ferries run every hour.

San Miguel de Cozumel

has an international airport that serves domestic and international flights.

The town.

The Carnival Glory liner sits in Cozumel. An island tour includes a trip to Tulum.


Cozumel Island during the May-day march. 

Mayan calendar.

The President of Mexico's house. 

Fences around town:

Free Tequila Tour:

The four types of tequila offered for tasting are:
extra añejo - aged for three years.
añejo - aged 1 to 3 years
reposado - aged one year
blanca - aged no more than two months
The ageing process changes the color of the tequila, but the liquid can sometimes be tinted with caramel for the appearance of a longer aging process. 
Añejos is typically darker, reposados is lighter and platas is has no color at all.
Among foreigners there is a widespread misconception that some types of tequila have a 'worm' in the bottle. Only certain Mezcal, usually from Oaxaca, are sold 'con gusano' (with worm), and it became a marketing gimmick in the 1940s. Tequila Regulatory Council prohibits the use of insects in tequila. The worm is actually the caterpillar Hipopta agavis that lives on the agave plant. It's appearance on the plant during production indicates infestation and, consequently, lower quality.

Extra añejo is the smoothest. There is even a hibiscus tequila, like a liqueur, it is an antioxidant and similar to Baileys.
Tequila is called Los Tres Tonos.

The island is often called a paradise for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
The Eastern part of the island is windward, giving way to strong winds and strong currents.

A hotel on the East coast.

Across the road from the hotel is a small river that crocodiles call home.


The island is home to the archeological monument =San Gervasio dating back to the 1st century BC. A temple dedicated to the goddess of fertility, visited by all Mayan.

Only 3% of the island's territory is developed. The rest of the territory is under conservation, including the Chankanaab nature park and Cozumel National Reef Marine Park.

On the ship people can be seen returning from Playa del Carmen.



Leaving Cozumel.
Author: XOROLIK
Source: xorolik.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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