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In 2018, the festival will run from Thursday, April 26 to Thursday, May 3.

Officially called the Festival of El Cedral and the Fiestas of Santa Cruz, this annual event is held in the small town of El Cedral, in the south of Cozumel. It is said to have been started over 160 years ago by Casimiro Cárdenas.


Cárdenas was one of a group that fled to the island from the village of Saban, on the mainland, after an attack during the War of the Castes. The attackers killed many other villagers, but Cárdenas survived whilst clutching a small wooden cross.

Legend has it that Cárdenas vowed to start an annual festival wherever he settled, to honor the religious power of this crucifix. Today, the original Holy Cross Festival forms part of the wider Festival of El Cedral, celebrated by locals and visitors alike.

The revellers enjoy fairs, traditional feasts, rodeos, bullfights, music and competitions - not to mention a few bottles of ice cold Mexican beer!

You can also see the town of El Cedral at any time on the following excursions:

Cozumel Taxi Tour.

Cozumel ATV Tour.

ATV Jungle Snorkel Combo.

Xrail Jungle Buggy Madness.