Cozumel, Q.R. — Time Magazine Money has listed the island of Cozumel as one of the best deals globally for international travelers in search of beach destinations.
In their Money report, the magazine lists the top 14 beaches in the world and how much it costs to visit them. The 14 listed beaches are a combination of American and international destinations that are based on financial value.
“They include quiet sandy retreats, breaks surfers will love, lush foliage-hidden escapes, and kid-friendly options with boardwalk games. The one thing they share: All offer that ideal mix of waterfront amenities and affordability,” the magazine explains.
The Money report lists Cozumel as sixth out of seven top international beach destinations based on value noting an average airfare of $435 USD and average hotel $165 USD per night with a one-week cost for two ringing in at $2,705 USD.
They add, “Cancun may be one the more popular travel destinations for Americans, but you could arguably find more beautiful beaches and excursions, and slightly less crowds, at the neighboring island of Cozumel.
Known for its scuba diving, Cozumel’s clear water allows for visibility of 100 to 200 feet. You can peer into the Great Mayan Reef, the second-largest reef system in the world, at Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. For just a $2 donation, you can choose from any of the park’s wide-ranging dive sites, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced divers.
If you’d rather enjoy Cozumel from dry land, you can visit one of the island’s dozens of beaches. The terrain varies depending on whether you’re on the east or west side of the Island; east coast beaches tend to be rocky and unprotected, making them ideal for private travel or snorkeling, while the west coast has more developed and tourist-focused sites. If you’re venturing to the east side, take your beloved to Playa Bonita, considered one of the most romantic beaches on the island: It’s got gentle waves and powdery sand, and is nestled in a cove with its own restaurant/bar called Punta Chiqueros.”
Cozumel is preceded by Bali, Indonesia, Mallorca, Spain, Crete, Greece, Jeju Island of South Korea and El Nido in the Philippines. In seventh place is The Azores in Portugal.
From January to April 30 of this year, the Port Authority reports that more than 1.6 million cruise tourists have already arrived on the island.