Enjoy Your Birthday With An Exciting Trip in Cozumel, Mexico

Enjoy Your Birthday With An Exciting Trip in Cozumel, Mexico

After some last-minute searching, I found a hell of a deal with Delta to spend 5 days in Cozumel, Mexico. The deal being a free flight, YAY! I hadn’t heard about Cozumel until this point, but after some Google searches, I was ready to make my way on over.

Delta in Cozumel

Cozumel is a beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea, only a 45-minute ferry ride away from Playa del Carmen, known best for its stunning beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and rich cultural heritage. This place was great for someone seeking relaxation on the beach, underwater adventures, or cultural exploration. Cozumel provides a diverse range of experiences for visitors.

Cozumel Beach

Most people have visited Cozumel via the ferry from the mainland or cruise ship, but there is an international airport to fly into. The island’s welcoming atmosphere and natural beauty make it one of the top destinations in the Caribbean.

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Why would we want to go to Cozumel?

Go to Cozumel to appreciate its Natural Beauty:

Beaches & Coral Reefs:

Cozumel has some really beautiful beaches with white sand and for the most part, crystal-clear waters. The beaches are teeming with sea life, rock formations and coral reefs.

The island is surrounded by one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, which makes it one of top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. Divers from all over the world come to this island to explore the Coral Reefs which the people of the Island try very hard to maintain.

Cozumel Beach

Go to Cozumel to experience Activities and Adventure:

Water Sports:

Many companies offer boat tours combining snorkeling, sailing, and beach time. Additionally, Cozumel offers opportunities for windsurfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.

Cozumel Activities

Adventure Parks:

Explore eco-parks like Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, Discover Mexico Cozumel, and Mayan Extreme Park; where you can enjoy botanical gardens, wildlife exhibits, and underwater adventures.

Road/Off-Road Tours:

Explore the island’s diverse landscapes, from dense jungle to pristine beaches, by renting a jeep, scooter, or a 4-wheeler for a self-guided tour. Be mindful that driving is a little different in other countries!

Go to Cozumel to explore your curiosity of the Mayan Heritage:

Cozumel Mexico seems to be a cultural melting pot of Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean, as well as American influences brought to the island from its over 2 million visitors a year. When exploring Cozumel, I noticed that there was a lot of Mayan art and stone carvings to reflect their culture and lifestyle.

Cozumel culture

San Gervasio Ruins:

If you’re up for some cultural history, check out the San Gervasio Ruins. These ancient Mayan ruins are located in the center of the island and provide a glimpse into the island’s historical significance. If you are drawn to this place, you may even receive an ancestral download. San Gervasio was a ceremonial center dedicated to the Mayan goddess Ixchel.

Curious on how to understand if a place is calling to you? Check out this article from Mama Medicine https://www.mamamedicine.com/writing/5-signs-a-place-is-calling-you.

Go to Cozumel to encounter the Town of San Miguel:

Shopping and Dining:

The main town, San Miguel, offers a vibrant atmosphere with shops, markets, and restaurants. You can find a variety of souvenirs, local crafts, and international cuisine.

Nightlife:

San Miguel tends to come alive at night especially on cruise ship docking days and has a variety of bars, clubs, and restaurants offering live music, dancing, and entertainment close to many of the resorts nearby.

Cultural Events:

Depending on the time of year, you might encounter local festivals, parades, or cultural events in San Miguel. Cozumel hosts various events and festivals celebrating local traditions, music, and dance. Check the local calendar here for any events happening during your visit.

Hotel Stays

Intercontinental Presidente

For the first leg of the trip, I stayed at the Intercontinental Presidente. It is located about 15 mins from the Cozumel International Airport or about a $15-$20 taxi ride. As part of the prestigious InterContinental Hotels & Resorts collection under the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), this luxury brand is synonymous with premium accommodations, top-tier amenities, and a commitment to delivering a lavish experience for both business and leisure travelers.

Upon arrival at the resort, I appreciated the security entrance to even get on the property. The bellman were highly attentive and ran to the car to get our bags and lead us to the front desk to check in. Although it was raining upon arrival, the layout of the property made sure that you did not get wet nor any of your belongings, prior to getting to your room.

The natural landscaping of the resort was gorgeous!

For other Intercontinental reviews, check out this.

Room & Room Amenities

Since I booked the room through the Amex Travel Website, of course I received my $100 room credit for food, spa or drinks. Additionally, my room was upgraded upon arrival so talk about a nice birthday surprise.

The upgraded room included a bathroom with an indoor and an outdoor shower,

a private water closet and an extensive closet to hang clothing, put away suitcases, ironing equipment and a electronic safe.

The main featured more than enough space with a king bed, a flat screen TV, wall art and sliding doors that opened to the walk out deck which had a path leading to the private pool.

Pros

  • Beautiful Property
  • Access to great snorkeling
  • Infinity Pool
  • Beach Access
  • Attentive Staff
  • Multiple Beach Bars
  • Secure location

Cons

  • Not All-Inclusive
  • Hotel itself and Activities are considered pricey
  • “Very Americanized”

Picture yourself on your birthday, surrounded by the serene beauty of Cozumel.

Iberostar’s All-Inclusive Cozumel Resort

During the second leg of the trip, I was supposed to take a ferry over to party in Playa Del Carmen however, due to the excessive high winds causing rough waves, I moved my reservation to another IHG property called Iberostar, located further south down the coast of Cozumel.

This resort is known for its beachfront setting, bungalow suites, lush tropical surroundings, wildlife and being all-inclusive. The property was gorgeous upon arrival, and it felt as though it was in a very secure location.

One thing about all-inclusive locations is that you are welcomed with a bar, HELLO! After checking in, that is where I headed while waiting on the room to be ready. Once the room was ready, I put my stuff down and started exploring the property (with drink in hand).

This hotel offered amenities such as the beach, a huge sparkling pool with a pool bar, a kid’s pool, a kid’s playground, 4 restaurants and numerous water activities.

All the rooms had a private patio and a hammock, mine came with a peacock.

Seeing and interacting with the wildlife was amazing. There are flamingoes, coatis, peacocks, iguanas and other lizards, native birds and a couple of gorgeous parrots, cats.

Food and Drinks

Mexico is famous for its tacos & tequilas, and Cozumel is no exception.

I don’t think there is much of a surprise, but when I wasn’t enjoying Margaritas and tacos, I was trying other local staples, Cozumel’s location along the Caribbean Sea means fresh and flavorful seafood (my favorite).

I also enjoyed dishes like Fresh grilled lobster, prawns, Snapper Ceviche, Steak Quesadillas, Tamales, Fresh Guacamole and Salsas.

Cap off your birthday with a sunset beachfront dinner.

I am not a fan of the taste of coconut, but there were many Caribbean Coconut drinks if that tickles your fancy.

Conclusion

I had an unforgettable birthday trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and as I reflect on the incredible moments, the true joy that this island evoked is hard to put into words. From the luxurious stay at the Intercontinental Presidente to the natural wonders of the island, every aspect of this journey has been a celebration in itself.

Cozumel, with its pristine beaches, vibrant marine life, and warm hospitality, allowed me to truly be in the moment, to slow down and understand the feeling of happiness in my heart.

Heading to Cozumel? You won’t have to worry about finding serenity to celebrate yourself. Cozumel offers a plethora of options, from your hotel room to the ability to immerse yourself in stunning natural landscapes or indulge in the diverse culture and culinary offerings. This trip is calling you! The echoes of my Cozumel celebration still linger, reminding me that sometimes, the best gifts are the experiences we carry with us.

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