In 1959, Jacques Costeau explored the Palancar Reef, off the southwestern shore of the then littleknown Mexican island of Cozumel. Today, the spectacular coral reef, which is part of the world’s second-largest reef system, tops the list of scuba divers. Those who prefer to stay on land won’t be disappointed thanks to the island’s picture-perfect beaches, the best of which is found at the Presidente InterContinental. Tucked between lush jungle and brilliant blue sea, and surrounded by flowering gardens, the resort feels ultra-private. Guest rooms are housed in thatched-roof structures with sleek interiors. The outdoors are celebrated in the details (hammocks on the terrace) and an extensive activities menu. Those hankering to follow in Costeau’s footsteps can join in daily diving excursions.