Clear aquamarine water, rocky cliffs, cozy streets, incredibly beautiful underwater world and one of the friendliest people on the planet. This is the glory of Cozumel. This small island meets every traveler with a new portion of beauty and unforgettable memories.
Once you arrive on the island, you notice a chaotic line of colorful houses, fishing boats and ships. It seems that there are more tourists than locals here. But despite of the “tourism character”, there is an incredible amount of interesting places, starting from abandoned reefs with the world-class snorkeling and scuba diving and ending up with local restaurants and cafes serving the freshest seafood.
One of the main attractions of Cozumel is a bright range of gorgeous murals you can see all over the island. Last year Cozumel hosted the international graffiti festival Sea Walls. Surrounded by the beautiful nature, 30 artists from all over the world were making miracles, creating picturesque murals.
The landscapes of Cozumel are really a great platform to make true even the most unimaginable artists’ projects.
One of the murals you can see near the city centre is the work of a Canadian graffiti artist, Jason Botkin. The image of Jacques Cousteau, the famous French explorer and scientist, is priceless.
While walking, we were passing charming little streets and even tried to disturb the sleepy beauty of a cozy patio.
The main distinguishing feature of the festival is to attract attention to the protection of the underwater world. Every mural teems with nature: giant tortoises, whales, the images of the famous marine scientists. And every work has its own social message.
We couldn’t pass the huge graffiti of Phlegm. The large-scale, line-heavy work is impressive and despite the black-and-white colors perfectly fits the urban landscape.
The other picturesque graffitis are located on the south part of the city. You can reach them from the pier, where all the ferries arrive.
In one place there are the works of three great artists: Cryptic, Fintan Magee and Alexis Diaz.
The graffitis have different style but look great together.
Cheering up by the sound of the waves, we strolled down the streets.
The island has a surprising number of restaurants and cafes where you can try fresh lobster, enjoy a light shrimp salad with a mild cream sauce or a salmon fillet on a bed of arugula leaves.
If you want to know Mexican cuisine better, go to one of the local restaurants. The most delicious dishes are served here.
We had a little bit time and went to the pier.
Picturesque beaches with golden sand are situated on the east part of the island. If you want to go here, you need to walk under a 30-degree heat of the Caribbean sun. But here you can find amazing places. Like people say: the beauty has to be earned.
How to get to Cozumel from Cancun:
- by bus from ADO station to Playa del Carmen ( it takes around 40 min and one way ride costs near 60MXP);
- by collectivo (a shared minivan) from the stop on the front of ADO station to Playa del Carmen (one way ride costs 34MXP).
From Playa del Carmen there are ferries leaving the town every 30 min. The price depends on the company – the average cost of a round way trip near 270MXP.
The map of Cozumel with the works of artists during the Sea Walls Festival:
How did you like Cozumel?