Cozumel, a mostly undeveloped Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there's diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures. Chankanaab is an eco park surrounding a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.
After passing through security, I entered an open square with a fountain in the middle and shops and restaurants around the perimeter. I took a quick selfie of me in front of a large, brightly colored sculpture of the words Puerta Maya with Cozumel right beneath it.... I walked along the waterfront streets, passing by restaurants and shops bustling with other visitors. I looked through the palm trees along the shore, and could see The Legend looming not far away. I wanted to get out of sight of the ship, so I turned right and passed through a tropical garden to head deeper inland. I eventually entered a bustling square with brightly colored buildings on either side and what looked like a Mayan pyramid at the end. Vendors were set up toward the front of the square, and a tall pole stood in the center of the brick plaza. People were gathered around it, watching as several costumed performers swung around the pole, hanging upside-down from long ribbons of fabric attached to the top. I took a photo and watched as they slowly lowered to the ground.
Area: Caribbean Sea
Size: 184.5 mi²
Population: 100,000 (2011)