Guests relax at sunset along the water at the Caribe Blu Hotel, Cozumel, Mexico (Michael S. Lewis/National Geographic/Getty)

Pier in Cozumel, Mexico (PhotoDisc)

Cozumel, Mexico (Hemera)

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Sergeant-Major fishes in Cozumel, Mexico (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Cozumel

Once a pilgrimage spot for young Mayan women to honor the fertility goddess Ixchel, Cozumel is today worshipped by divers. The water is so clear that you can see clouds in the sky when you’re submerged 20 feet, and the Mesoamerican reef provides a menagerie of fish, coral, and other aquatic wildlife. There’s also plenty to tackle on terra firma. San Gervasio, the island’s most significant archaeological site, was a sacred Mayan center. Parque Punta Sur Ecological Reserve lets visitors explore coastal sand dunes, mangroves, reefs, and lagoon systems. Also part of this massive protected area is Punta Celarain and its historic lighthouse. Come Sunday evening, San Miguel Plaza brings out local artists, crafts vendors, and musicians in a fiesta you can only get in Mexico's Caribbean.

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