Cozumel, Mexico ~ Land of the Swallows

Cozumel is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island, located just off the Yucatan Peninsula. This once sleepy fishing village has become a MAJOR tourist attraction with over a million cruise passengers visiting each year. It has quite the WOW factor when you see 4 or 5 ships and today 6…docked at one time. It’s amazing to watch them come in and ‘slide’ right up to the pier. TODAY… 2 Carnival, 2 Royal Caribbean and 2 Norwegian ( ours and the Epic) Starbucks in cruise village is busy today!!

Cozumel has large stretches of jungle and pristine sandy beach area still untouched. The island derives its name from the Mayan civilization that settled there approximately 2,000 years…

 “Legend has it that Cozumel was the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. When religious temples were dedicated to her, she sent her favorite bird – the swallow – as a sign of her gratitude. For this reason, the people called the island “Cuzamil”, which is Mayan for “Land of the Swallows”.  (I searched EVERYWHERE for a swallow pendant. A dear sweet lady who asked us to look at the things in her shop went searching for one for me when she didn’t have one.)

What to do in Cozumel? Once you’ve seen one Mayan Ruins, you’ve seen them all, right? That’s what David thought. And besides when you’ve been to Ankor Wat in Cambodia, nothing compares! Well, Ok there’s Machu Picchu in Peru, but that will be another “Bucket List Trip” So…no beach, no ruins. We decided to explore Cozumel.

It was a fun day and a Starbucks coffee in Mexico, a bonus before we headed back to the ship.

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Enjoyed a Starbucks in Mexico

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And…I got a swallow pendant 🙂IMG_1245

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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