I arrived to Cozumel in 1988, when I was 4 years old; happy to join my mom’s family who had been able to leave Mexico City and move to the beautiful Island of Cozumel.

When my parents got married they came to Cozumel on their honeymoon and stayed at Playa Azul hotel. My dad owned a travel agency that handled tours to the southeast, traveling frequently to the Island and bringing people through Cancun, Cozumel and Merida.

My aunt Paty married an Englishman, Brian, a musician and sea lover. Their wedding present was their honeymoon in Cozumel, and both fell in love with the Island. They later lived for a couple of years in England and then decided to come to Cozumel in search of a new life. They started a handcrafts business. Brian and Paty were so happy in the Island that they convinced my grandparents to leave their busy city life behind and move to Cozumel, which they immediately felt like home, and delighted gathered with family and friends enjoying their new life very much.

My aunt Lety married Alejandro and decided to spend their life in the place they had spent their happiest vacations, with their family. Paty realized the need for teachers on the Island and convinces Rosy to move with her family to Cozumel and with great pleasure joined the team.

Later, my parents -Martha and Raymundo-, my brother and I, decided to move to the Island as my parents loved it since the first day; as all the family was already living here, we had spent beautiful summers under the sun of Cozumel, so moving here was extremely thrilling for me. The whole family, joined together by Cozumel’s charm, made great excursions to the other side of the Island sharing time with cousins, uncles and grandparents, having a great time in the Caribbean Sea.

I grew up enjoying the wonders offered by the Island and, naturally, Cozumel became home.Nowadays, I am a proud Cozumelenian and truly grateful with life as I grew in this little part of Paradise.

Nutritionist Gaby Cámara S. is the owner of La Cuisine Restaurant, serves as the Nutrition Director at the Instituto Gardner and also offers consultations on diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle at Nutribalance.


This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

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.
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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