Cozumel, one of the busiest cruise ports in the Western Caribbean, is the island
shown here just off the coast of the Yucutan Peninsula. It is
almost always included in seven day itineraries, as well as several three or
four day itineraries out of southern Florida. It is not uncommon for half a dozen
cruise ships to call here on the same day.
Many excursions are available on the island itself, while some are located on
the mainland, which is a short ferry ride away to Playa del Carman.
Cozumel is reputed to have some of the best snorkeling in the world, with reefs
located all up and down the west coast of the island.
The Mayan Ruins at Tulum is also a classic stop. I took the GPS location when I
visited the site in October, 2003. Tulum also boasts beautiful beaches, and visitors
often take a few minutes for a swim in the aqua blue Caribbean waters.
Note: As of this writing, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas is clearly visible
anchored just off the coast of Cozumel. Due to extensive hurricane damage, many ships
must anchor and tender in their passengers. You may zoom in on this marker to see this
largest cruise ship in the world from space.
Recently added points: the anchor area and tender dock used by Grandeur of the Seas
on October 31, 2006. The tender dock is under cloud cover at the closer zoom levels.