Each year thousands of locals and international travelers gather to party, fish, compete, and make merry on Cozumel. Whether it’s for windsurfing in February, carnaval and Kiteboarding in March, the El Cedral Fair in April, one of many sporting events in May, or Ironman in November, participants and spectators alike flock to the island for a good time.
Just after Valentines Day, the yearly fun begins with the North American Windsurfing Championship, which takes place on the north side of the island. Participants come from all over the Americas to compete to enter the Pan-American Games. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyC0cVT41qY[/youtube]
Of course, as you know, March brings carnaval at the beginning of the month, from March 2nd to March 9th. However, what many of you might not know is that during this same week the Kiteboarding and Windsurf Tournament is held.
Next, at the end of April, on the 29th, begins the El Cedral Fair. For those of you not familiar with El Cedral, it’s a charming little town in the center of the island. Each year, they celebrate their ancestors’ arrival, after they fleed from the Caste War in the Yucatan, from April 29th to May 3rd.
As we move further into May, sports fishing and golf come to bloom. From the 14th to the 16th, is the Mexican Boat Rodeo, also known as the Grand Slam of Sports Fishing. Also on the 14th, the InterContinental Resort sponsors the International Cozumel Island Golf Tournament.
Also in May, is Xcaret’s Sacred Mayan Journey. This crossing is made in handmade canoes from Xcaret to Cozumel, and back to Playa del Carmen. This is the 50 kilometer journey that the ancient Maya endured in order to worship the Goddess of fertility, Ix Chel.
June, July, and August are fairly quiet, except, of course, for the fairs, parties, and turtle observation and workshops that take place. September means more parties – both national ones and the local Fiesta de San Miguel Arcangel. Actually, October is probably the only fairly quiet month on the island.
November brings with it Dia de los Muertos, the Cozumel Photo Shootout on November 15th, and, of course, the biggest event of all: Ironman.