Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Mexican Caribbean Island
The Mexican Caribbean offers
the world a variety of destinations for all tastes activities. Amongst these the
island are true oases for relaxing, fishing or diving. They are all very
different but they all share one common denominator: the charm of the Caribbean.
Hotel List of Cozumel
Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico, was originally a huge coral
reef formation. Its name comes from the Mayan Cuzamil, which means ‘Place of the
swallows’ named for the huge flocks of these delicate birds that stop on the
island during their migration.
The island’s archaeological zones, San Gervasio, being the largest tell us that
the island was once a thriving religious and commercial center. Pilgrims from
all over Mesoamerica came to venerate Ixchel, goddess of the Moon and Fertility,
and to consult the oracle on Cuzamil. Thanks to oceanographer Jaques Cousteau –
who discovered the caves under the wonderful coral reefs encircling the island
where sharks come to hibernate – Cozumel professional and amateur divers from
around the globe. In addition, the deep water surrounding Cozumel are considered
some of the best in the world for sports fishing: Dorado, sailfish, swordfish,
and other large species congregate here. Each year Cozumel is the venue for the
major international billfish tournament.
Cozumel also has a spectacular golf course and nature parks teaming with al
sorts of local and regional flora and fauna, in addition to a large underwater
natural park where visitors can snorkel or dive. The boardwalk of the island’s
picturesque main town, San Miguel, is lined with restaurant, handicrafts stores
and Duty-Free shops, including its famous jewelry stores. Huge cruise ships that
sail the Caribbean have made Cozumel one of their favorite ports of call.
Hotel List of Isla Mujeres
Surrounded by the beautiful turquoise water of the Caribbean is only at 20
minute boat ride from Cancun across Isla Mujeres bay. Despite is great
popularity as a tourist destination and its proximity to Cancun, the small
island has retained much of its picturesque, quiet, bohemian atmosphere.
Full of the happiness that permeates the Caribbean, its street are lines with
small brightly painted wooden houses, handicraft shops and restaurant serving up
the catch of the day and other specialties.
On Punta Norte, the soft, white sandy beaches and calm water are ideal for
sunbathing and swimming.
The island’s famous coral reefs entice visitor to dive or snorkel in the clear
blue water. Punta Sur’s imposing cliffs are the perfect setting for a permanent
exhibit of sculptures, a temple to the goddess of the Moon and fertility, Ixhel,
and a quaint Caribbean village.
From the lighthouse there is a spectacular view of the vast Ocean and Cancun
rising on the Horizon.
Isla Mujeres contains some of the most charming Hotels in the Caribbean, several
of them quite luxurious, with lordly decoration, spas, Jacuzzis, specialty
restaurants and private beaches.
Hotel List of Isla Holbox
The small island of Holbox form part of the Yum Balam Protected Area, in
northern Quintana Roo. Visitors reach the island with a short, pleasant trip
from the port of Chiquila’ on the mainland, often accompanied by entire families
of dolphins following in the boat’s wake. The picturesque fishing village with
its wooden houses offers basic tourist services and beachfront bungalows provide
rustic lodging, ideal for eco-tourism enthusiast seeking a real adventure with
Holbox and its virgin surrounding attract visitors who are looking for something
out of ordinary. Isla de la Pasion and Isla de los Pajaros are both a bird
watcher’s paradise. In the summer, giant sea turtle come to nest on the more
than 25 miles solitary beaches. Sightseers visiting legendary Yalahau Lagoon
marvel at its crystal-clear artesian well and the crocodiles that thrive there,
or thrill to the flamingos that paint the sky pink as they take to the air.
The sea invite the visitors to plumb its depths: in the summer the Yucatan canal
in front of Cabo Catoche is the perfect place to watch Whale Sharks, up close
and swim with this giant fish, the largest and the friendliest on the Earth.