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IronMan Cozumel, 2019
On November 24, 2019, triathletes from around the world will compete in one of the top Ironman Competitions…The Ironman in Cozumel. The 2019 IRONMAN Cozumel offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, making a sought-after event for professionals and amateurs, alike.
The two-transition course starts with a single-loop swim in water that is teeming with tropical fish within the protected waters of the Reefs of Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach. The 180-kilometer, three-lap bike course in Cozumel is pancake-flat, taking competitors along the spectacular coastline of beaches and resorts and through the town of San Miguel de Cozumel. The three-loop run is lined with local supporters and bands playing traditional Mexican music, creating a festival-liked atmosphere. The finish line is at the city hall square in San Miguel de Cozumel, where residents provide support to all finishers like they were seasoned veterans of IRONMAN spectating.
Many triathletes say the Ironman Cozumel is one of their favorites. The swim portion is one of the prettiest in the world, the weather conditions are great, and the cheering from spectators, including many locals, is motivating.
Whether you are an athlete wanting to compete, or a spectator providing support, come to Cozumel during the Ironman!
Pre-Carnival events from February 2 to 26.
Carnival from February 27 to March 5.
Cozumel Carnival is one of the islands main events and is one of the top carnivals in Mexico with a history dating back over 140 years! It is, with the Carnival of Campeche, the only one that has preserved traditional expressions of historical value in the Yucatán Peninsula, and has become an event of heritage for the state of Quintana Roo. It is distinguished by its long history, its cultural aspects, its organization, and its family character.
While the parades are incredible, there’s much more to this extravaganza. It is loads of fun, free, and it happens all over the island with street dancers randomly roaming through town. There is live music, food, drinks and every manner of distraction in the town square.
Visitors are welcome to watch and participate. It happens at the peak of high season when the weather is at its finest and the festivities attract thousands of people from all corners of the world.
So, if you want to join in the fun, plan ahead, and make your travel reservations, soon!
Humane Society of Cozumel
The Humane Society of Cozumel is a nonprofit organization for the welfare of animals of Cozumel. The clinic opened its doors in 1996 with two rooms, no electricity, one veterinarian and one worker. Since then, it has received over 7000 animals, found homes for more than 1500, and spayed or neutered over 5000. They actively promote and run a permanent and free spay/neuter campaign and work hard to find good homes for animals.
Currently, they staff a vet and vet assistant full-time, three kennel workers. It is their staff of volunteers who help in numerous ways that make their work possible.
Schedule of Events
Dia de los Muertos October 31 – November 2
Cozumel as many other regions in Mexico, celebrates what is believed to be a night when the souls of the deceased come to visit us. Special altars are decorated with flowers, candles and food and are displayed in hotels, restaurants and other public places.
IronMan Triathalon November 24
A premier triathalon event featuring professionals and amateurs.
Scubafest November 27 – 30
Leading figures from the diving world including oceanographers, explorers, photographers and conservationists will gather in Cozumel for this celebration including special dive trips, lectures and presentations, a dive show and other events.
Dia de la Virgin de Guadalupe – December 1-12
This is one of the most popular religious celebrations here in Cozumel. The celebration begins on the first day of December with a pilgrimage lead through the island, by a variety of religious and nonreligious organizations, to the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On December 11, adults, and children participate in a walk, or race around the island to show their devotion.
As with most holidays, Cozumel does Christmas well! There are plenty of lights, good weather and good cheer. If you are staying near a residential area, you may be treated to carolers as families and other groups walk from house to house reciting festive songs. This is part of the Las Posadas or "the lodgings", which is the name given to the 9 nights from December 16 to 24, when the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is marked.
Many businesses, shops and hotels are open for business during the holidays. Be sure to check with your providers for specific details.