By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: There are eight of us heading to Cozumel in December. I was wondering if you have any ideas on what there is to do there.

A: Famous for its scuba diving, Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico and was one of Jacques Cousteauís favorite spots. Located east of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel boasts the legendary Mayan coral reef which is the second largest in the world housing over 200 species of tropical fish.

So itís no surprise snorkelling and scuba diving are favourite past-times here. If youíre looking for relaxation, sun, or water adventure, Cozumel youíll notice, has diverse activities to choose from, making it an ideal Caribbean destination for all types of travellers. Those looking for a bit of history can visit some of the island's rich pre-Hispanic past which is reflected it its nearly 25 archeological zones.

Worth visiting are San Gervasio and San Cedral. Those looking for some quiet time can enjoy the island's white sandy beaches or relax in a spa treatment. Shop for souvenirs in downtown Cozumel and indulge in its famous local cuisine. These are fun activities after a day of swimming.

For those who enjoy the thrill of adventure Cozumel offers plenty of tours and activities: submarine tours, fishing trips, sunset cruises and jungle tours are just some of the activities around the island. During the month of December the island joins the holiday season spirit in its very own way. For instance, in the days around December 12, the island participates in Mexico's country wide celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This pilgrimage leads through the island and ends with a colorful festival full of delicious regional food, folkloric dances and musical performances.

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