Things to do in Cozumel
The island of Cozumel is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean and things to do in Cozumel are plentiful. Cozumel is renowned for its fishing, diving and water recreation. The "not worth missing" things to do in Cozumel are its festivals: they honor the ancient traditions, the natural splendors and the religious traditions that its founders held so dear.
Things to do: Cozumel's Major Annual Festivals are:
Carnival (late February/early March) - Carnival traditionally commences 46 days prior to Easter Sunday. This is a week long pre-lent celebration much to the same effect of Mardi Gras in New Orleans…definitely a "not to miss" thing to do in Cozumel. Carnival focuses on merriment - parades, dancing, feasting and music. Carnival is celebrated throughout Mexico but especially in Cozumel, Veracruz, La Paz and Mazatlan. The highlight of Carnival is the Comparsas Ball and dance competition.
International Sport Fishing Rodeo Tournament (April) - This international sport-fishing tournament is a delightful thing to do in Cozumel. It brings together competitors from around the world to fish for dorado, marlin, tuna, sierra and other game fish.
Feast of El Cedral (late April/early May) - This 150-year-old festival in the small agricultural village of El Cedral honors the 19th Century founders of Cozumel, a small group of refugees who were attacked by Mayan rebels during a revolt in the Yucatan Peninsula. One of few survivors, a man named Casimiro Cárdenas, vowed that the survivors would honor the cross with a special service every year. Today the Feast of El Cedral features a regional fair, native food, costumes and the famous 'Boar's Head' and 'Ribbons Dances.' The Feast is definitely a cultural thing to do in Cozumel if you are vacationing at the right time.
Cozumel's International Billfish Tournament (May) - Competitors from around the world compete in Cozumel's Gulf waters.
St. Miguel Archangel Feast (late September) – honors Cozumel's patron Saint with a mix of religious tradition. The Feast ends with mass at the St. Michael's Church. If you like history there are some beautiful churches to visit as a thing to do in Cozumel.