(Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
The island of Cozumel is blessed with a number of quality museums, the majority of which are to be found within the town of San Miguel. Particularly impressive is the Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, the town's premier museum, which is full of ancient Mayan relics and offers a comprehensive overview of the island and its many different aspects, both past and present. Guided tours are available and ensure that you get the most out of your visit to this particular 'museo'.
Other notable cultural attractions within Cozumel include the Pax Music and its enormous collection of musical instruments, and the Navigational Museum at the Punta Celerain Lighthouse, where 131 steps lead to the top and some of the best views on this particular part of the island.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel / Del Museo (Island of Cozumel Museum)
Address: Avenida Rafael Melgar, San Miguel, Cozumel, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 987 872 0838
Before you actually start your exploration of this island, be sure to pay a visit to the excellent Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. With many exhibits offering an insight into the island's layout, native wildlife, conservation, mangroves, geology, history and ancient Mayan culture, the museum also appeals to scuba divers, boasting useful information about the many surrounding coral reefs. Signs around the Cozumel Museum are shown clearly in both English and Spanish, making it easy to understand. A coffee shop is located on site, should you require refreshments.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Pax Music Museum
Address: Avenida Benito Juarez, San Miguel, Cozumel, 77600, Mexico, MX
The San Miguel Pax Music Museum is always of particular interest to musicians staying in Cozumel and boasts a staggering collection of almost 1,000 different musical instruments from around the world. The traditional Mayan flutes and classical Mexican guitars are always firm favourites. A gift shop completes the main museum attractions and sells many music-related souvenirs, along with some local arts and crafts.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00
Punta Celerain Faro / Navigational Museum (Punta Celerain Lighthouse)
Address: Parque Punta Sur, Cozumel, 77600, Mexico, MX
The Punta Celerain Faro lighthouse stands between both the southern and eastern coastal highways and is home to a notable navigational museum. Sited within the Parque Punta Sur, this attraction contains a number of interesting displays, although the views across the island's southern tip are perhaps the highlight. It is possible to climb the narrow, winding stairs to the top of the lighthouse for the best scenery. Nearby, a rugged beach is a good place for a stroll.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 16:00