(Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Holiday makers flock to the beaches throughout the year, with the greatest likelihood of rain being between May and October. The hottest and most sunny weather can be expected from April to July.
The Avenida Rafael Melgar stands along the waterfront and is home to numerous popular hotels, shops and eateries, many of which are gathered around the centrally located Plaza del Sol.
The Castillo Real (Royal Castle) is an ancient landmark and was used by Mayan warriors as something of a lookout post. Access is often limited, due to road access and environmental concerns. Featuring its very own lookout tower, the Castillo Real also comprises a pyramid base and temple structure. Visitors will find two chambers, which are topped by a false archway. Nearby, the past shipwrecks within the surrounding waters have long gone, thanks to Hurricane Wilma.
Yachts and pleasure boats gather at the main harbours and marinas around the coast and feature a variety of affordable cruise packages. These include both glass-bottom boats and sport fishing excursions.
The coastline is filled with interesting attractions and colourful buildings, with the best views being provided by regular pleasure cruises.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, the Playa San Francisco is situated alongside the Paradise Beach. The Playa San Francisco comes complete with its own parasols, sunloungers and freshwater swimming pool.
The island's beautiful coastline is lined with hotels, resorts and popular beaches. Most of the biggest resorts are never more than a matter of minutes away from the beachfront.
The Xel Ha Eco Park is close to Cozumel and directly south of the popular Playa del Carmen. Holiday makers come to the Xel Ha Eco Park for its superb snorkelling and to swim with dolphins.
Atlantis submarines offer the ultimate way to explore the coastline in relative air-conditioned comfort. Particularly impressive are the submarine views of the Chankanaab Reef.