Final Thoughts: Cozumel
Cozumel is more than a home to glamorous resorts, spicy food, and endless sunshine. It’s as much a place to frolic and party as it is a place to sit and relax. It’s a destination of unmatched natural beauty; (more…)
Do or Don’t: Cozumel
DON’T be scared of the heights. The guides are knowledgeable, the harnesses are secure, and the cables are plenty strong.
DO go in the clear, warm ocean, even if only for a minute. If you don’t have a chance to go diving or snorkeling and you don’t want to spend an afternoon sitting on the beach, then there are dozens of areas along the coast where you can step over a short white wall onto a strip of sand.
DO ask a local for directions on where to eat. Taxi drivers are extremely helpful if you’re kind.
DON’T get bogged down with the crowds at the beach. You can go to Chankanaab National Park or Palancar Beach, which do have crowds but are more spread out or you can go to a number of other beaches along the ocean for a more secluded experience. (more…)
Travel Tips: What To Eat In Cozumel
Ceviche: Diced onions, tomatoes, chile peppers, and cilantro are mixed with fresh, raw fish, shrimp, or conch that has been marinated in lime juice. We ordered both the shrimp and the conch versions as Cozumel is known for their fresh shrimp, but I actually much preferred the conch.
Tixin-Xic: Achiote sauce (a yellow paste made from crushed annatto bush seeds) gives a fish filet an earthy flavor after it has been baked in banana leaves. Tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions are often placed on top of the fish and inside of the leaves to give it added flavor. It’s a typical Yucatecan dish for good reason: it’s light and delicious.
Octopus: Generally served in its own ink and on a bed of rice, I have yet to find any octopus as fresh as that in Cozumel. It had a salty taste at first that I wasn’t expecting, but it quickly dissipated and the freshness came out instead.
Horchata: Lime juice (a common ingredient), almonds, sugar, and pureed rice are topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a sweet but rich drink that is exactly what you need for breakfast, lunch, or anytime in between. (more…)