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Cozumel is an island off the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. If you’re a potential vacationer interested in taking in a major part of the local culture, plan your visit near the end of April – this is when the Festival of El Cedral takes place, a 150-year-old annual celebration that’s held in the small town of El Cedral.
What’s it all about?
The festival, which local legend tells was begun by Casimiro Cardenas in thanks for his safe and successful escape from Mexico’s mainland during the War of the Castes, is a religious celebration that includes a number of fairs, rodeos, bullfights, and the Holy Cross Festival. If you think just because the festival got its start as a religious observance that it’s all solemn, you’re sorely mistaken. For five nights in April/early May, El Cedral comes alive for a party that shouldn’t be missed.
Where can I stay?
There are a number of Cozumel hotels and resorts on the island’s coast within close distance to El Cedral, giving you ample opportunity to party with the locals by day, and retreat to the comfort of your five-star bed by night.