This Place Near Cancun Is The Latest To Officially Become Mexico’s “Magical Town”

In the heart of the Mexican Caribbean lies the island of Cozumel, a tourist gem that captivates visitors from all over the world with its incomparable natural and cultural beauty.

This place recently received the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) distinction, making it the fourth destination in the region to receive this prestigious recognition.

Cozumel, the third largest island in Mexico, is located in the Caribbean Sea, about 20 kilometers east of the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The island, which is mainly accessible by ferry from Playa del Carmen or by cruise ships that dock in the harbor, is an oasis of tranquility and a paradise for divers and nature lovers.

In an exciting official act, Governor Mara Lezama and the Federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, named Cozumel a Magical Town. 

The designation of Cozumel as a Pueblo Mágico represents a significant milestone for the island and promises to further boost tourism and local development in the region.

Bacalar and Isla Mujeres were also reconfirmed as Magical Towns at the event.

What To Do In This Pueblo Magico

Natural and cultural attractions

What makes Cozumel a unique destination is its natural wealth. With impressive coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters, the island offers a paradisiacal environment for those who want to relax and enjoy the beauty of the sea.

The coral reefs that surround Cozumel are part of the second-largest reef system in the world, making the island an internationally renowned diving destination.

In addition to its natural attractions, Cozumel is also home to a rich cultural heritage. With pre-Hispanic buildings and Mayan vestiges, the island has a fascinating history. The Mayan influence is reflected in the ruins of San Gervasio, an archeological site that attracts anyone interested in exploring the region’s ancient history.

For those planning a visit to Cozumel, there is a diverse range of activities on offer. From diving into the stunning reefs to exploring the ruins of San Gervasio to immersing yourself in Mayan history, the island always offers unforgettable experiences.

150 Facades Will Be Renovated

Miguel Torruco Marqués, Secretary of Tourism, announced plans to redesign 150 facades in the center of the island, inspired by the success of similar initiatives in Chetumal.

This artistic project aims to strengthen the cultural identity and visual appeal of Cozumel and make the island an even more attractive destination for visitors.

With 150 facades being transformed into artistic canvases and the promise of sustainable economic development, Cozumel is preparing to welcome travelers with a unique and charming offer.

Cruise Travelers Flocking to Cozumel

Over 90,000 cruise passengers arrived in Cozumel on 33 opulent vessels during the final week of January and the first week of February.

For instance, the Norwegian Escape carried more than 4,200 passengers, while the Seven Seas Grandeur brought more than 700.

For its part, the massive Norwegian Breakaway brought close to 21,000 passengers on five ships.

Cozumel Fights Sargasumm Seaweed

Bad weather caused a large amount of sargassum to accumulate in front of the promenade, especially between the San Miguel pier and the Fuente del Buzo. This required a special deployment of municipal cleaning staff.

During the morning, workers from the Directorate of the Federal Marine and Land Zone (Zofemat) dedicated themselves to the task of removing this algae from the beaches before it began to spread bad odors. They managed to collect almost three tons of this organic material.

Milón Zavala Aradillas, the director of Zofemat, pointed out that fortunately the currents changed during the night and much of the sargassum, which was already on land, was carried away the same way it had come.