Isla Cozumel is Mexico's third largest island and can be reached by a ferry from Playa del Carmen. Cozumel is a popular diving spot since 1961, when Jacques Cousteau made the reefs and marine-life known to the public. Nowadays Cozumel is also a popular cruise port, and the main city of San Miguel de Cozumel was obviously more relaxed in the evenings when the cruise ships had left the island.
My main reason to visit Isla Cozumel was to go scuba diving the reefs. On the first day of scuba diving it was raining a lot (not so pleasant to be on a boat, but no problem when diving the reefs). I made two nice drift dives this day. Drifting on the currents next to the walls of corals felt like watching an underwaterworld movie. At the end of the second dive we were surrounded by large eagle rays and a dolphin.
The second day of scuba diving started with a dive through the tunnels of the Palancar reef. The surface interval between the two dives was on a nice small beach on the south-end of the island. My last dive was at the divesite "Paso de Cedral". Here I saw plenty of marine life like hawksbill turtles, a large spotted eagle ray, octopuses, stingrays, a nurse-shark and a few spendid toadfishes (a fish that can only be found around Cozumel).
I spend New Years Eve with my diving buddies from the second day. We got some drinks at the Oxxo supermarket and spend our time till midnight on the (mostly empty) squares in the town. At midnight there was small fireworks at the malecon (waterfront boulevard). The new year started with some parties with live music among a mostly mexican crowd (avoiding the gringo-parties near the cruise docks).