Cozumel Wedding Destination Guide

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The beautiful island of Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico, is a paradise for divers from all over the world. The island is surrounded by more than 25 reef formations where divers of all ages and skills can enter into a completely fascinating and different world: endless coral inhabited by immense shoals of colorful fish. The possibilities are interminable for both beginners and experts.

East of the Yucat‡n Peninsula, on top of the age-old structures of the Mayan coral reef, the second largest in the world, stands the Island of Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico. Its name, derived from the word Cuzamil, meaning "island of swallows" in Maya, conjures up memories of its pre-Hispanic origin, the conquest of America and the pirates and buccaneers that thronged its seas.

The Island of Cozumel measures 48 km from north to south but only 16 from east to west. On either side of the island, beaches form a long, white sandy coast. Gentle waves and transparent waters wash the western side of the island, while huge waves crash against the eastern side. Its flora and fauna have a number of unusual features and include certain endemic species, such as the dwarf raccoon and the Cozumel wren. Cozumel's greatest wealth, however, lies underwater.

Before the arrival of the conquistadors, the island was a major commercial and ceremonial center. During the colonial era, it was largely uninhabited, except for sporadic stays by pirates and turtle hunters. In the mid-19th century, groups of settlers arrived from the Yucat‡n Peninsula, fleeing the War of the Castes. The following years saw the development of the chicle extraction business on the mainland and Cozumel became a center for collecting and subsequently exporting this gum. Jacques Cousteau's declarations in 1960 about the richness of the coral reef surrounding the island made underwater enthusiasts aware of Cozumel's existence.

Cozumel is encircled by over 25 reef formations, where divers of all ages and levels can explore a fascinating world: endless colonies of corals inhabited by enormous shoals of brightly colored fish. The possibilities are infinite, for novice and expert divers alike.

San Miguel de Cozumel, the capital of the island, is a peaceful old village, with all the charm of the Mexican Caribbean. The quality of its gastronomy, based on its excellent seafood, is legendary throughout the region. Its provincial air does not make it any less comfortable or modern. Its days are sunny and full of unforgettable experiences, while its nights are ideal for those who enjoy discotheques and bars. A wide range of accommodation is available, from deluxe hotels, to small, inexpensive hostels.

{Credit: Mexico Tourism Board}

Entry Requirements

U.S. and Canadian citizens must show proof of citizenship, such as a passport or certified birth certificate with a photo ID, to visit Mexico. Business travelers only need a tourist permit to enter. Other nationalities should contact the nearest Mexican Consulate for more details.

Children traveling without both parents or guardians will need a notarized letter from the absent parent or guardian authorizing the trip.

To enter Mexico, visitors need a tourist permit (tarjeta de turista) which is free and available through airlines, Mexican government tourism offices, Mexican consulates or at the border customs office when crossing by land. The card is only good for one entry of a maximum of 180 days.

Tourism Offices

The Tourism Offices can often help provide specific details about wedding planning in Cozumel.

Consejo De Promocion Turistica de Mexico
Mariano Escobedo 550, Piso 7
Col. Anzures
11590 Mexico, D.F. Mexico

Tel: 011 52 55 2581 0941


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