You may wonder how big is Cozumel. It’s located in the Caribbean Sea, about 50 miles south of Cancun, and about 12.5 miles from the mainland.
Cozumel is the third largest of Mexico’s islands, but that’s not the only reason why this Caribbean gem deserves to be on everyone’s bucket list. According to the Mexican National Statistics, Tiburón Island is more than twice the size of Cozumel at 463 square miles, Archangel Island is 359 square miles, and Cozumel comes in at 181 square miles.
Unlike Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is 34 miles long by 11 miles wide. This makes the island larger than Manhattan, New York City!
Much of this island is still unexplored, with large stretches of tropical rainforest, mangrove forests, pristine coastlines, and uninhabited beaches. Many species of wildlife can be found here, including unique migrating bird populations.
Cozumel island is the southernmost point of the Yucatan peninsula. The island is made of limestone and the highest natural point on the whole island is less than 49 feet above sea level.
Cozumel’s Tourism History
Cozumel has a long history as a destination for tourists, with the island being visited for its diving and snorkeling opportunities. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel. Most of the population of the island lives in the town of San Miguel, which is on the island’s western shore.
Travelers don’t just come to party or shop; they also come for activities that bring their vacation to life! Instead, it’s mostly about unplugging and enjoying the sun. There’s no shortage of things to do in Cozumel aside from the beach. The coastal city of San Miguel has a relaxed feel to it and is surrounded by gorgeous stretches of untouched nature.
Cozumel Island Beaches
Cozumel Island offers beautiful beaches that attract many tourists throughout the year. Summer vacation is the perfect time to take your family to an island where you can try surfing, rent a kayak, or take a snorkel lesson.
It’s busier on the island in the winter because it’s a time when the “Winter Mexicans” travel from the east coast and Texas to hide from the cold. Fall and winter are the best time for wind-enthusiasts to take kiteboarding lessons, and February & March is popular for Carnival. Learn when to go, and what you should bring with you.
There are many types of accommodations available while visiting Cozumel, as well as a wide range of places to eat and things to do.
Where to Kiteboard
Cozumel is known for its wind and warm waters making it a popular spot for kiteboarding. There are a number of locations to choose from including Passion Island (Isla de la Pasion) and Playa Norte, the top kiteboarding spot on Cozumel. There are plenty of other great locations to kite at and also some light wind secret locations. This world-famous kiteboarding location will help you to get a flight experience in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Olympic windsurfer Raul De Lille introduced kitesurfing to Cozumel and became the island’s first certified instructor. De Lille soon became a role model in the sport, later becoming the President of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and founding the Cozumel Kiteboarding Association (CKA). You can contact Raul HERE.
We hope this information helps you with your travels – Stingray Villa