COZUMEL


If you’ve always dreamed of underwater exploration, then Cozumel is your retirement heaven.

Cozumel is one of the 10 municipalities in the Yucatan peninsula and the largest island in Mexico at 30 miles long and 9.9 miles wide .  Located just off the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, across from Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is the favorite for experienced snorkeling and scuba diving and licensed deep sea divers.  Many of the cenotes, formed over thousands of years of water percolating through the limestone, are deep water sinkholes for cave exploration. These are restricted diving areas for experienced cave divers only.

Although this island is 297 sq. miles, most of the population is located on the western shore, San Miguel de Cozumel.
There is one ferry that can shuttle you to the mainland, and all of that is dependent upon weather and water conditions.  All food and manufactured supplies have to be brought in by boat.

Charter fishing and tourism are the largest sectors of the economy in Cozumel. The magnificent and healthy coral reefs are what bring scuba divers from all over the world, as it once brought Jacques Cousteau in the 1960’s which put Cozumel on the map as a major diving area.

This true beach lover’s paradise attracts a population of residents nearly exceeding 100,000, with approximately 75% of the population living in San Miguel.  The remainder of the area is sparsely populated small pueblos with much of the uninhabited land consisting of dense, almost impenetrable forest.  Conjures up an image of Gilligan’s Island!
The main town features over 300 restaurants with a vast number of hotels, scuba dive shops and shopping.  There are several movie theaters, discos and bars.  Both the locals and the tourists have plenty to choose from for dining and entertainment, including dancing into the night at the main plaza where there is a fixed stage.

Education is also available for baby-boomers wanting to enrich themselves with a choice of two universities on the island.  You can get a degree in English or study other options of interest or for career such as natural resources research, tourism and commercial systems.

Cozumel enjoys a tropical Caribbean climate for much of the year.  Winter can bring some cold breezes and churn up the water, with summer getting hot and humid.  Spring through Fall bring diving visibility from 100 to 300 feet and winter boat rides can be chilly with choppy seas, but the visibility for divers can be exceptional.  There is a summer and winter rainy season, with the summer season bringing in short spurts of showers.  Winter can bring harsher rainfall.

Hurricane Season is a definite matter of concern, so any hurricane warnings should be taken seriously and plans made to leave the island.   Being 30 miles from the mainland, boat or airline travel offers an easy exit.

It’s obvious that Cozumel is one of the best places to retire if you are not into the big city scene and desire a beach style life with a passion for snorkeling, scuba and cave diving.

FAST FACTS:

  1. Cozumel offers several hospitals with emergency services for medical care, including care for some major medical conditions.  A medevac is also available if travel to the mainland is essential for a specific medical emergency.
  2. The Cozumel International Airport has been recently renovated and is only 3 miles from the center of town.  14 airlines operate from the Cozumel airport.  Taxis and rental cars are available.
  3. You can swim with the Dolphins at the Cozumel Dolphinarium.
  4. For op-to-date diving news on Cozumel, visit www.cozumel-diving.net