All-Inclusive Mini Metropolis on Pristine Caribbean Beach
More than 500 species of fish swim among turtles, rays, and countless other aquatic animals in the coral formations at Palancar Reef, located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula near the tiny island of Cozumel. The scenery is just as vibrant above the ocean surface, too: crowds flock here for the white sand beaches, the tropical jungles, the wild lagoons, and the active party scene in the beachfront resorts along its shores. Sabor Cozumel Resort and Spa, the island’s largest hotel, has a little bit of all of these worlds.
With your all-inclusive stay, you're free to dine at any of the half-dozen restaurants and bars on the property. Paper lanterns hang from the thatched-grass ceiling at La Isla, which serves a Mexican-influenced buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During the day, feel free to rent kayaks, snorkeling gear, and sailboats at no extra charge. If you’d prefer to just relax, cool off in one of three pools, or grab a mojito at the swim-up bar. Elsewhere on the grounds, hotel staff leads various other games and activities, including dancing lessons.
Sabor Cozumel recently divided its facilities into two sections: family-oriented, and “exclusive”—meaning adults-only. All rooms are just steps from the resort’s white sand beach, which stretches for more than 2,000 feet along the Caribbean. Caribbean garden-view rooms—located in the family-oriented section—are palapa-style bungalows with traditional thatched roofs made from dried palm leaves. Large windows and sliding-glass doors look out to the property's tropical garden. Regency studios overlook the garden as well, and have a private terraces or balconies.
Cozumel, Mexico: Relaxed Tropical Island with World-Class Diving
Cozumel, Mexico’s largest Caribbean island, lies just off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Compared to Cancún—Mexico's spring-break capital, located 50 miles north—Cozumel is decidedly laid-back. Formerly a fishing settlement, the 24-mile-long island remains blissfully free of high-rise resorts and other signs of overdevelopment. Visitors here tend to focus more on exploring the wilderness than on late-night beach partiesadventure-tour companies arrange expeditions by land or by sea, including trips to ancient Mayan ruins and the island’s jungles, marshes, and dive sites known for deep canyons and tunnels.
Dozens of diving and snorkeling sites encircle Cozumel. One of them, just off the northwestern coast, houses a 40-passenger Convair airliner. Sunk in 1977 for the filming of a Mexican disaster movie, the plane has become overgrown with coral and sea fans and is frequented by schools of colorful parrotfish. Above the surface, you’ll find white-sand beaches frequented by sunbathers.
There's only one city on the island: San Miguel de Cozumel, where street vendors on a waterfront promenade sell everything from jewelry to Cuban cigars. It’s also where you’ll find an assortment of clubs and bars showcasing live reggae-salsa fusion and jazz bands.
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