Q: There are eight of us heading to Cozumel. I was wondering if you have any ideas on what there is to do there.
-- R. Borer, Toronto
A: Famous for its scuba diving, Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico and was one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite spots. Located east of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel boasts the legendary Mayan coral reef, which is the second largest in the world and houses over 200 species of tropical fish. So it's no surprise snorkelling and other waters ports are popular. But the island has diverse activities to choose from, making it an ideal destination for all travellers.
Those looking for a bit of history can revisit Cozumel's rich pre-Hispanic past, which is reflected in its nearly 25 archeological zones. Worth visiting are San Gervasio and San Cedral. Those looking for some quiet time can enjoy the island's white sandy beaches or relax in a spa. Later, shop for souvenirs in downtown Cozumel and indulge in its famous local cuisine.
For those who enjoy the thrill of adventure, Cozumel offers plenty of activities including submarine tours, fishing trips, sunset cruises and jungle tours.
During December, the island gets into the holiday spirit in its very own way. For instance, in the days around Dec. 12, Cozumel participates in Mexico's celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A pilgrimage leads through the island and ends with a colourful festival full of delicious regional food, folk dances and musical performances.
For more information about Cozumel, visit mexico.com or islacozumel.com.mx.
Q: I haven't flown in a while and one of the reasons is because of all the restrictions. A family member has taken ill in Germany and I'll be flying to see them. What can I pack in my carry-on?
-- H. Schmidt, Thornhill
A: The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has a shopping list of permitted and not permitted items in your carry-on. For the full list, visit catsa-acsta.gc.ca/english/travel_voyage/list.shtml.
CATSA notes that the chart applies to flights originating within Canada. For flights departing outside Canada make sure you check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions.
Here's a quick list of items not permitted in your carry-on: No sharp objects or items that may be considered weapons, such as nail files or syringes. Permitted items include: Liquids, gels and aerosols, provided they are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / grams or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed re-sealable bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre. One bag per passenger is permitted.