The island of Cozumel lies just off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This is a very popular destination for walking holidays, due to the stunning natural scenery and plentiful walking trails all around the island. People also love to come here for the warm weather, friendly atmosphere and frequent festivals held throughout the year.
In terms of when to visit, it really depends on what kind of weather you’re looking for and what you plan to do during the trip. The winter in Cozumel lasts from the beginning of December until March. This is one of the busiest times of the year on the island. The temperatures are warm, with the average being about 24 degrees Celsius and there is little or no rain during this period. For this reason, those taking walking holidays might want to travel to the island in the winter.
There festivals in the winter that attract lots of holiday makers from all over the world. Two particularly popular events are held in February – the Dia de la Constitución and Cozumel Carnnival. The former is held on the 5th of February and is a national holiday in Mexico. During this event, businesses close and there are celebrations held around San Miguel, with street dancing, music and food stalls. The latter is held in the middle of the month and consists of a colourful, lively parade which has a distinctly Caribbean feel. The celebrations go on for about a week and include things such as elaborate costumes, dancing, music and traditional dishes being served on the streets.
However, travellers who want a slightly more peaceful holiday might want to consider other months of the year. April is a pleasant month, when the temperatures start to rise but there is still very little rain. The price of accommodation tends to fall after the busy winter season too, so if you’re on a tight budget this is a better time of year to visit the island.
Although the middle of summer does bring some of the hottest temperatures, there is plenty in the way of entertainment to make up for the glaring sun. One such event is the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, which translates as St. John the Baptist day. This is held in late June and consists of parades, bullfights, dancing and fun all round, with the street parties lasting until the early hours of the morning. Most of the celebrations on this day are centred on the Parque de Benito Juarez, located in San Miguel.
The rainy season lasts from September until November. During this time, you can expect high humidity and frequent rainfall. This period of the year is also considered to be prime hurricane season, so it’s important to have travel insurance if visiting. On a more positive note, hotel rates are at their cheapest and the island is calm and quiet. In the middle of September, the locals celebrate ‘El Grito’, which is a lively, fun event where people gather around the Plaza Central of San Miguel and shout ‘Viva Mexico’ as the clock strikes midnight. There is an impressively elaborate firework display held after this, along with street parties all over the island.
Cozumel has plenty to offer its visitors at any time of the year. Just make sure to consider what activities you want to do, how big your budget is and what kind of weather you’d prefer and you’re sure to have an incredible time on the island.