by Dee Lewis Vivas

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.

I began traveling to Cozumel as a yearly family vacation in 1994. I fell in love with the people I met here. I was drawn in by how happy everyone was and how they seemed to appreciate the simple things we had forgotten in the US. Family time… family meals… hospitality between neighbors.

The year I was vacationing that was also the time I decided to divorce… We were already staying 3 weeks at a time. During my last day of vacation I was offered an opportunity to stay and house sit for an American who already lived on the island. It was only an additional month stay. I jumped at the chance to live among the locals and spend more time in the place I had come to think of as paradise.

So my family left for the states the following day and I stayed behind for an additional month. I worked in a local dive shop, met other wonderful people already living here, who friended me and made me feel at home. 6 months later I realized I hadn’t left, and probably never would. Once the island gets into your heart and soul, you can never imagine calling anywhere else ‘home’.

Dee Lewis Vivas has lived on Cozumel for 13 years.  She works for Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club

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!…

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