COZUMEL MEXICO INFORMATION and IMAGES
remember: 1) a good diver is always learning, 2) you gotta have fun!
Cozumel is an island just east of the Mexican Yucatan pennisula in the warm waters of the Caribean. It has direct flights from Houston, Tx. and is perhaps the best diving bang for the buck (good value) from our area.
note: map and reef photos used are from "Cozumel" by George Lewbel and Larry Martin, a good simple reference source on diving Cozumel.
Cozumel Map of Dive Sites: (a)=> advanced divers only recommended
The middle section of reefs are good overall dives at a midrange depth with nice healthy corals and fishes.
The souther reefs are "generally" deeper with towering coral buttresses and swim-throughs.
There is lots to do on a Cozumel vacation including many great resturants (my favorite: Pizza Prima) and various night life choices such as Carlos and Charlies and Joe's. San Miguel is fun and the Cozumel people are very friendly. The town square on Sat. and Sun. nights is really fun. The island and town are safe day or night - but use common sense and remember that you are a guest in their country. The east side of the island is worth a full or half day trip with a rental - try a jeep like vehicle as some sites are off the paved road. The east side also has my favorite place on the island -The Paradise Bar (click on the picture at left), where you can eat lunch with a cerveza fria while lying in a hammock listening to "musica carib". You can take a ferry or plane across to the mainland (Playa del Carma) and go to the Mayan ruins at Tulum; or dive the cenotes** (usually on Frid).Weather is generally warm and humid except mid-winter months where cold fronts can cause poor weather. Water temperatures are generally warm with lycra or polartec the only exposure protection used. Visibility is usually over 100 ft. - sounds great? Let's go!