Visit three of the most famous islands on the east side of the Yucatan Peninsula. From the largest and most developed, Cozumel, near to Playa del Carmen, to the most secluded and natural, Holbox, a overnight trip away. Isla Mujeres, north of Cancun, is the closest to us.
Cozumel is the largest island in Mexico (32 miles long). Only a quick ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is surrounded by some of the most beautiful reefs on the planet, which have cliffs of magnificent coral and some of the world’s most challenging wall diving sites. Cozumel is legendary the world over for the superbly clear visibility of the ocean surrounding it. Centuries ago Cozumel was a Mayan ceremonial center worshiping Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. San Gervasio is the most popular ruins site on the island. In this century the city of Cozumel offers all range of hotels, wonderful restaurants and a variety of great shopping.
Isla Mujeres (The Island of Women) is a short ferry ride from Cancun. A pleasant day trip from Puerto Morelos. Relax on a powder white beach, snorkeling in the crystal blue waters or drive yourself around on a golf cart to see the whole island. Good restaurants, various attractions and beautiful beaches to keep you entertained. Lots of nightlife if you want to dance and celebrate.
Holbox is an overnight trip from Puerto Morelos and worth the trip. The island is a haven for wild life and remains in a more natural state than the other islands. Located on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula it is separated from the mainland by a shallow lagoon that is home to flamingos, pelicans and other birdlife. From June to September Holbox is the point of access for visitors wanting to have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with the huge but gentle whale sharks. The island is accessed by ferry from the mainland town of Chiquila and has virtually no cars; transport by most residents and tourists is by golf cart or moped.