For the third year in a row, Cozumel 4 You is proud to host this weekly series, which features island residents – written in their own words, describe how they came to call the island home and what they love about Cozumel.  Running from June – August, you can find the 2 prior years in our archives, 2013 & 2012.

Everyone has a story. Mine is a love story of the island. We were going to a hair show in Cancun and my friend suggested we get certified to scuba dive before we go. Took a crash course in 2 weeks and got certified 4 of us went to Cozumel for the day with just our bathing suits, shorts, tee-shirts, what little scuba gear we had, credit cards and cash. Loved diving so much we stayed for 3 days in a small little hotel for $25.00 a night. Didn’t want to go back to Cancun. Had to go buy tooth brush, tooth paste and tee-shirts. Didn’t care that we had  – no make-up or blow dryer –  for a hairdresser that is huge!   When I returned to Texas I got my 16 year old certified and brought him down the very next month. In August my youngest was old enough to get certified, so got him certified and brought him down, as well. I fell head over heels in love with Cozumel. The water, the warm weather the people and the culture.   I came 3 or 4 times a year to Cozumel. This is where I wanted to be. My friends and family thought I was crazy. Sold my house in Texas in 2001 and bought in Cozumel. Lived on a boat for 8 years during this time.  Was still coming down several times a year. Made the move 7 years ago.  Started volunteering at the Humane Society of Cozumel Island.  Got really involved in transporting animals that have been adopted to the states and Canada. Since then I opened Salon Cielo in June of 2012 and don’t have as much time for the HS. But I love my work, my home and my island!

Teresa Williams is the owner of Salon Cielo, a full service salon offering an array of service for both hair and nails.  

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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