Cozumel, Mexico

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The jewel of the Mayan Empire

Sitting just off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Cozumel is one of the most desirable and luxurious holiday destinations in the world. Sun worshippers from across the globe dream of discovering the island's famous white sand and crystal clear water, while those with an interest in what lies beneath the surface also rave about this incredible destination, which is considered to be one of the best diving locations on the planet.

Whether you're into diving or not, you'll find loads to marvel at in Cozumel, with Mayan ruins such as El Cedral and San Gervasio offering a window into the past and providing an insight into this iconic ancient civilisation. There's also the Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, where you can learn all about the island's history as well as its amazing wildlife. This is great news for anyone who doesn't fancy getting in the water themselves, as it means you won't miss out on discovering the vibrant and colourful submarine ecosystem for which the island is so famous.

Of course, if you do want to take a dive, you'll find loads of great spots where you can do so, with reefs located just off the shore of beaches like Playa Palancar and the Chankanaab National Park. Among the creatures you can expect to find beneath the waves are the likes of sea turtles, reef sharks, a variety of rays and much more - not to mention a great deal of brightly coloured coral.

Another thing that Mexico is particularly famous for is its food, although one thing you'll discover when you arrive is that the local cuisine is in fact somewhat different to the rice and meat-filled burritos that most people associate with the country. Take a trip to a taqueria if you want to eat like the locals, with tacos and quesadillas - consisting of corn or flour tortillas and a selection of fried meat or fish - being the staple. For something a little more up-market, head to one of Cozumel's many classy restaurants, where you'll find dishes from all over Mexico, such as mole (which typically comes from Oaxaca), chilaquiles and much more.


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