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Cozumel Wins World Travel Award!

Cozumel Wins World Travel Award!

The World Travel Awards (WTA) recently recognized Cozumel, home of Barceló Hotel Groups’ all-inclusive resorts Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel, as the “Best Island Destination in Mexico and Central America 2018.” The Mexican Caribbean resort destination was awarded for its beauty, tourist attractions and its ongoing commitment to ensuring high satisfaction for its visitors. Additionally, Occidental Cozumel was nominated for “Mexico & Central America’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2018.”

For 25 years, the World Travel Awards has rewarded the best in the international tourism industry, including destinations, hotels, tour operators, parks, airlines, car rental companies and cruises. The winners are chosen by industry professionals, who evaluate the nominees for their infrastructure, quality of services, innovation in experiences and number of visitors.

“Barceló Hotel Group is immensely honored that Occidental Cozumel was recognized this year with a nomination from the World Travel Awards,” said Juan Perez Sosa, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing in the United States for Barceló Hotel Group. “The WTA brand is the ultimate hallmark of global excellence, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.”

There are countless reasons for Cozumel to have been named the World Travel Awards’ Best Island and Destination in Mexico and Central America this year. Just a few of them include:


  • “Smart Destination” – Over the past three years, Cozumel has been transformed into a “Smart Destination,” including massive overhauls in the realms of accessibility, innovation, sustainability and technology.
  • Sustainability – Cozumel is committed to becoming one of the world’s leading sustainable destinations and balance visitor growth while protecting its natural resources and cultural heritage at the same time. Best known for having the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the destination takes great pride in its efforts to ensure the protection and conservation of the ocean and coral reefs.
  • Best Beaches – Cozumel is home to some of the most gorgeous stretches of sand in Mexico, offering travelers an array of options fun under the sun, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking and much more. The destination’s beaches have something for everyone, whether you’re looking for gentle waves and family friendly activities or off-the-beaten-path coves that offer romantic backdrops. Additionally, Cozumel has also been fortunate to largely avoid environmental impact from deposits of seaweed washing up on Mexican beaches, allowing visitors to enjoy the island’s magnificent beaches with no restrictions or concerns.
  • Easy Accessibility – With several airlines providing affordable nonstop direct flights from major U.S. cities to Cozumel and Cancun, the island is one of the most easily accessible vacation getaways in Mexico. The island is also a top cruise destination in the western Caribbean and Mayan Riviera.


Two great options to stay at in Cozumel at different price points are Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel. Additional details on these hotels below:

  • Occidental Cozumel: With rates starting at $152, the all-inclusive Occidental Cozumel is a perfect complement to the natural landscape of the island, surrounded by mangroves, white sand beaches and tropical gardens. During their visit, guests can learn how to make fresh guacamole and habanero margaritas, take a yoga class, kayak, sail or lounge by the Caribbean Sea. Set along the Palancar Reef, the resort offers multiple packages for scuba diving enthusiasts, including courses and night dive experiences – all of which can be booked through the resort’s unique Dive Concierge.
  • Allegro Cozumel: The all-inclusive Allegro Cozumel starting at $129 per night offers guests convenient access to two worlds of adventure: the spectacular Playa San Francisco – one of Mexico’s most beautiful stretches of sand – and the stunning scuba divers’ paradise Palancar Reef. Book the resort’s Ultimate Dive Experience, which includes accommodations close to the water, access to an exclusive lounge, and – most importantly – one free single tank boat dive per day with Pro Dive Mexico.