Shouldn't admit it but I thought Cozumel was a city in Mexico. It's an island about a 45 minute boat ride from mainland Mexico. The waters are so deep no bridge can be built so everything and everyone must go by boat.
As we approach the island we can see the port area and as usual it is filled with plenty of shops and restaurants.
We make our way through customs to our tour bus for a trip to ruins, a beach and a trip around the island.
The San Gervasio Mayan Ruins, believed to be originally called Tantun Cozamil (Flat Rock in Place of the Swallows), probably began around 100 BC and active til around the 16th century. It was a ceremonial center for the goddess Ixchel, "She of the Rainbows", goddess of fertility, midwifery, medicine and and life. Mayans were to make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime. Numerous statues of Ixchel were excavated here.
In the 1800's when the Spaniards were occupying the island a rancher named Gervasio Novela occupied the area and found evidence of the site. The ranch, San Gervasio, was then explored and structures found.
As it was the day before, the visit to the ruins was very informative and we had an excellent Mayan guide. He went into much detail about the Mayan life, language and beliefs.
We then departed for the beach portion of our excursion which I enjoyed a great deal. Loved the stop with the restaurant right in the sand with the fantastic view of the ocean. We enjoyed a leisurely 1 1/2 hrs before departing. As we left the beach to finish our tour around the island we could see the ocean and shore. Much of the shore is just rock, not sand. In places where there is sand there are public beaches, restaurants, and a few open air awnings selling goods. The island is only occupied in the coastal areas because of marshy mangroves and scruffy plants.
It was then back to the port, the shopping area and our ship.