Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
The town’s small but excellent Museo de la Isla de Cozumel (Av. Rafael Melgar at Calle 6, tel. 987/872-1434, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., US$3) is on the waterfront in what was once a turn-of-the-20th-century hotel.
Well-composed exhibits in English and Spanish describe Isla Cozumel's wildlife, coral reefs, and the fascinating, sometimes tortured, history of human presence here, from the Maya pilgrims who came to worship the fertility goddess to present-day survivors of devastating hurricanes.
Be sure to visit in the morning if you want to avoid the cruise ship crowds. The museum also has a small bookstore, a library, and a pleasant outdoor café overlooking the sea.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition