With their crystal-clear water and incredible variety of marine life, Cozumel’s reefs offer an underwater experience you won’t soon forget.
The waters surrounding the island are so clear that visibility can be up to 250 feet, opening up a world of beauty unlike any other.
As many as 250 different species of fish can be seen in Cozumel’s waters; one of the most spectacular is the Queen Angelfish, possessing bright blue-and-yellow markings and the distinctive blue “crown” on the top of the head. You can even catch a glimpse of the Toad fish, found nowhere else in the world. Making its home in the holes along the reef, this fish grows from 12 to 16 inches in length. It has the distinction of being one of the world’s fastest eaters: it can capture and eat a whole fish in milliseconds- faster than the blink of an eye!
In addition to the colorful fish, Cozumel boasts some of the biggest and most spectacular sponge formations in the world. Fed
by a continuous current bringing a steady supply of food to the reefs, some sponges, such as the Elephant Ear sponge, can grow as large as 12 feet across. Other sponges, like the Barrel sponge, gain considerable size as well.
On the surface Cozumel has a number of unusual features and include certain endemic species, such as the dwarf raccoon(procyon pygmaeus) and the Cozumel wren(nasua nelsoni) Migratory birds also rely heavily on the richly productive feeding grounds of the reef, which supports populations of magnificent frigate birds, brown pelican, olivaceous cormorant, and many others. The prehistoric iguana and the crocodile are the state’s largest lizards and there are a host of amphibians, tree frogs are particularly colorful, their bright hues a warning to predators.
The island of Cozumel derives its name from the Mayan words Cuzam (swallow) and Lumil (land of), which join to form the word Cuzamil (land of swallows). Over time, the word Cuzamil evolved to the Spanish name of Cozumel. The Mayans believed the island to be a sacred shrine.
Inherent to Cozumel’s modern present is a past rich in Maya history -one that’s preserved and shared through annual festivals, cultural sites and ancient ruins. All serve as reminders of this enduring heritage that continues to play a role in the everyday life of Cozumelenos and island guests.
Visitors can explore, experience and gain a sense of the strength of Maya culture at several sites.
The largest archaeological site on the island, San Gervasio was a sacred Mayan center, as well as a strategic political and commercial hub. San Gervasio takes its name from an agricultural and cattle ranch which was founded by Mr. Gervasio Novelo in 1858. While the original name is unknown, it is believed that it could have been “Tan Tun” (Over Rock).
Continuously occupied from 200 A.D. until the Spanish conquest, San Gervasio served as a sanctuary to Goddess Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. Pilgrims from the entire Mayan world were drawn to the site to worship her.
During the post-classic period between 1200-1530, San Gervasio became the biggest and most significant site on the island. At its central square, visitors can walk among the ruins of what were the most important temples – nine buildings that formed an enclosed patio and from where three roads communicated with other squares. Bilingual plaques describe each structure.
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A letter from the Barcelo Hotel Group, outlining their commitment to COVID-19 safety practices and policies:
July 13th, 2021
Dear Valued Client,
Greetings from our Barceló Hotel Group properties in Cozumel, in order to reiterate our commitment and responsibility to reduce any risk to clients and employees, we would like to update you on the latest measures that have been implemented at the resorts due to the contingency caused by the SARS-COV2 virus (COVID-19) and its consequent conditions.
As a USA and Canada government safety measure, travelers must present negative tests to enter back to your home country. In order to make our guests ́ stay and trip home more pleasant, Occidental Cozumel provides the following benefits:
- On site antigen testing available.
- Discounted antigen and PCR testing pricing for our guests.
- Preferential rates for extended stays due to a positive test result.For discounted on site antigen testing, service must be scheduled directly in a link given with a QR code at check in.
Cost General Specifications
Antigen Test $18 USD
PCR Test $89 USD
If guests test positive for COVID-19, we are offering the following preferential rates:
Adult rate based on double occupancy
$40 USD per person per night
Barceló Hotel Group focuses on the instructions of the authorities to protect the health of guests and employees. Additionally, implementing the standards included within our We Care About You program, which exceeds the regulations and sanitary recommendations of all the countries in which the organization operates. We appreciate your understanding, remaining at your disposal for any questions.
Sales & Marketing Director
Cozumel, Mexico Nov 2021
06 November 2021 to 20 November 2021
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