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This small island lies on the world’s second largest coral reef

system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and is ringed by some

30 dive sites, mostly on the west coast. The exceptionally clear

warmwater permits even novice divers and snorkellers a glimpse

into the fascinating aquatic world here that is often known as an

underwater rainbow as it is so rich in marine life and colourful

corals. The island, some 80 by 24 kilometres, was the first point

where Europeans stepped on Mexican soil. It’s hard to get lost in

Cozumel, as there is just one road that runs around the coast.

And next door at the all-inclusive Grand Velas, food is placed first among its priorities.

Chef de Cuisine Nahum Velasco spent time in Spain and Denmark, learning the ways

of Noma, which is often named the world’s best restaurant, and bringing those influences

back here to the Yucatan. The resort’s Cocina de Autor is one of the most innovative

restaurants in Mexico, a test kitchen that serves up a 13-course tasting menu that

changes every few months, with the seasons. It’s high-class cuisine that makes the

most of Mexican flavours and ingredients.

Back on Fifth Avenue, we finish our night with a deceptively simple dessert: chocolate.

Cevutti explains that the Mayans valued this sweet treat for centuries before the Spanish

conquistadors brought it back to Europe. We pop into a spot called Ah Cacao Chocolate

Cafe, which serves up traditional Mayan, no-milk recipes made with water, cinnamon,

chili peppers, and sweetened with honey.

Sipping a Mayan hot chocolate, watching the heavy foot traffic on Fifth Avenue, the tang

of the ceviche and sopa still on the back of my tongue, I feel like I understand Mexico, its

history, and its vibrant day-to-day pastiche, just a little bit better.

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DIY Taco Bar

at Grand Velas

Got the late-night munchies?

Velas Resorts is in Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya and

Puerto Vallarta has the solution: a 24-hour in-suite

taco bar. When you order the taco bar, you’ll get

roasted pineapple, Poblano peppers with corn, and

traditional Cochinita Pibil, fried Baja fish, octopus,

and Chorizo with potatoes, and, of course, hot sauces

and guacamole – all in your suite!