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Coast of Cozumel island, Mexico (Photo via   mikolajn / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Coast of Cozumel island, Mexico (Photo via mikolajn / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Jacques Cousteau is credited with introducing Cozumel to the world as a premier dive site in 1961 when he filmed a documentary on its stupendous coral reefs. Since then, this largest of Mexico’s islands located in the Caribbean, has grown into a leading dive and vacation destination. One hundred dive sites have been identified within three miles of the island and at least a dozen are also shallow enough for snorkeling. Add to these attractions, unspoiled beaches and a host of other water sports, deep sea fishing, kayaking and more.

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico - Cozumel, Mexico (Photo via BrianLasenby / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico - Cozumel, Mexico (Photo via BrianLasenby / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Beyond the water are the Chankanaab National Park and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve. Though not nearly as impressive as the mainland’s pre-Hispanic ruins of Chichen Itza or Tulum, Cozumel has its own ruins with more than 40 sites. San Miguel de Cozumel, the only town, has a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere and one of Mexico’s most important international cruise docks.