San Miguel is the largest town in Cozumel. Cozumel is a municipality of the state of Quintana Roo. Besides being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, San Miguel de Cozumel is also the fourth largest city in Quintana Roo behind Cancun, Chetumal, and Playa del Carmen. City life centers around San Miguel as it is really the only town on the island. The charm of San Miguel de Cozumel is a result of a tasteful blend of Mexican colonial architecture and design and the modern convenience of a bustling tourist destination. There are so many things to do in San Miguel Cozumel that you will be best served to plan your itinerary in advance to stuff in as much fun and excitement as possible while you are on the island.
You are never far from the beach when in Cozumel. If you are staying in or around San Miguel you will find this to be true. Some of the most stunning beaches on the island, including Sunset Beach, Dzul Ha, and Playa Uvas are less than a mile away and San Miguel itself is situated on a stretch of some of the most beautiful coastline in the entire Caribbean Sea. It is also the area for much of the tourist activity including the arriving and departing of multiple cruise ships. For this reason, many travelers opt to head off to a more tranquil part of the island after they arrive. Others stay close to San Miguel to enjoy the vibrant shopping, nightlife, and entertainment of the downtown area at night. Luxury hotels and resorts have to be included amongst the San Miguel attractions, although many more exist around the island that provide more serene and quiet getaways for couples and families in many cases. There is also quite a lot of sightseeing in San Miguel to enjoy. From the Plaza Central (known to locals simply as the Zocalo) and its busy jewelry shops and various markets, to the Mayan ruins, to excursion that leave San Miguel de Cozumel and venture into the island’s jungle interior.
Shopping may be the most popular of all the things to do in San Miguel Cozumel. The beaches, reefs, and diving may be the biggest draws on the island in general, but in town, shopping is king. There are a seemingly endless amount of retail establishments that sell everything from fine stones and precious metal to clothing and locally made handicrafts. The influence of the Mayan culture still pervades the island to this day, and some of the most fantastic goods on the island are those made in the traditional and colorful style of the Mayans. The textiles and clothing to be found at many of these family-owned shops are truly one-of-a-kind items. Sterling silver is a hot commodity in Cozumel. In fact, some people make the trip to Cozumel just to shop for sterling silver and other precious stones such as onyx and turquoise. You will find the best deals at places where you can bargain down prices away from the waterfront shops of San Miguel, but there are also plenty of high-quality shops in the town that offer fair prices, duty free. Shopping, enjoying local eateries, and relaxing in the sun are just three of the highly recommended things to do in San Miguel Cozumel.