Cozumel has ranked for years among the top five dive destinations in the world. Tall reefs line the southwest coast, creating towering walls that offer divers a fairy-tale landscape to explore. For nondivers, it has the beautiful water of the Caribbean with all the accompanying watersports and seaside activities. It is in many ways more cozy and mellow than the mainland -- no big highways, no big construction projects. Most of the terrain is flat and clothed in a low tropical forest.
The only town on the island is San Miguel, which, despite the growth of the last 20 years, can't be called anything more than a small town. It and its inhabitants are agreeable -- life moves along at a slow pace, and every Sunday evening, residents congregate around the plaza to enjoy live music and see their friends. Staying in town can be fun and convenient. You get a choice of a number of restaurants and nightspots.