Pork meat marinated in achiote and served with red onion marinated in orange juice.
Tacos in corn tortilla stuffed with boiled egg, bathed with pumpkin seed sauce.
Dish made with fish, shrimp or octopus with tomato, onion, lemon and avocado.
Fried fish served with a fresh vegetable salad.
Salsa de chile habanero
A traditional sauce made with habanero chili, known for being very spicy.
Typical food of Cozumel, Mexico
In the cuisine of Cozumel you can find various Yucatecan specialties, although you can also taste dishes prepared with fresh seafood
As in several destinations in the southeast of Mexico, the Yucatan cuisine has a strong presence and influence in Cozumel, so it is very common to find establishments that sell some of the most its representative dishes. The best example is cochinita pibil, which consists of pork marinated in achiote, wrapped in banana leaf and cooked in the oven, later accompanied with red onion. Or papadzules, which are tacos in corn tortilla, stuffed with boiled egg bathed with a sauce of pumpkin seed, tomato and onion. To dine Mexican delicacies, you can go to the Casa Denis restaurant, where they serve Yucatecan cuisine, or also the Chan Ka'an restaurant located at the Playa Azul hotel.
Due to its location, Cozumel is also an ideal place to taste dishes prepared with fresh seafood of the region, the most common are ceviche of fish, octopus and shrimp, served with tomato, avocado, onion and lemon; and fried fish, that is usually served with a fresh salad of tomato, lettuce and cucumber. These can be accompanied with a cold beer or agua fresca. To enjoy seafood, visit La Mission restaurant, located a few steps from the boardwalk, where you can also enjoy a Mexican atmosphere with a Caribbean style.
Do not miss the traditional sauce of habanero chili, which although is very spicy, it gives an excellent flavor to almost any dish that you consume.
-Pack of denim and cotton garments that are comfortable and fresh
-Use comfortable shoes for walking around the city and if you are going to visit an archaeological site, the best thing to do is to wear sneakers
-Although Cozumel is a casual place, we suggest you pack at least one change of smart formal clothes in case you wish to visit a restaurant that has a more elegant dress code
The weather in Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel is a warm place with temperatures of 27 °C (80.6 ºF) during most of the year. In summer, temperatures can reach 32 °C (89.6 ºF), and in winter they drop down to 21 °C (69.8 ºF). The rainiest months are from June to October, with moderate to intense precipitation
What to bring by season
Cozumel has a warm humid climate, which makes you perceive the heat with greater intensity. We recommend packing fresh clothes, as well as shorts, sunglasses, a cap or a hat, biodegradable sunscreen, cotton T-shirts, and of course a couple of swimsuits to enjoy the warm waters. Winter days are from December to February, when the temperature becomes cooler, reaching 21 °C (69.8 ºF), so we suggest you to pack a light garment to cover yourself during the cool nights.
While in Cozumel it can rain all year, it is during from June to October when it rains the most, with precipitations that can become intense, we suggest you to always carry an umbrella or a rain jacket.
The island of Cozumel is located in the southeast of Mexico, at the end of the coast of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula. Its name originates in the Mayan words kosom and lumil, which mean "Land of the Swallow". In 1961, the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau proclaimed that its waters were one of the best places in the world to dive, and ever since, Cozumel is one of the most visited destinations in the Yucatan peninsula.
There are from hostels to all-inclusive hotels, restaurants, bars and one of the main cruise terminals in the region. Cozumel is a relatively small island that invites you to visit it in its entirety, and to do so, you can rent bicycles or take horseback rides, and the more adventurous can explore it on an ATV.
Cozumel is recognized as one of the best destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling, and in addition to having the second world's largest coral reef, with numeorus reefs and more than 250 marine species, it has crystal clear waters with excellent temperature throughout the year. There are lots of other water activities, such as swimming with dolphins, interaction with sea lions, and of course snorkel and diving tours.
Other attractions that can be found on the island include the Museum of the island of Cozumel, oryou can also visit the archaeological site of El Cedral and San Gervasio, and the lighthouse of Punta Celarain, where there is the Navigation Museum.
Learn the dynamics of the life on Cozumel and enjoy its cultural attractions at the Cozumel Carnival,a colorful celebration with a Caribbean twist performed during February, featuring parades, live music, dancing and a wide gastronomic offer. There is also Festival de El Cedral,held in late April and in early may, during which you can see Mexican folklore through fairs, rodeos, cockfighting, contests and typical food.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).