There's a lot more ironwork on Cozumel than there is on Isla Mujeres. Although we've spent almost as much time on this island
as we have on Isla Mujeres, this year, 2012, is the first year that I tried to get ironwork pictures here.
Why? Cozumel is harder to navigate, being a larger island and most of the hotels are farther away from the main town of San Miguel. On Isla Mujeres, it is typical to rent golf carts to get around. On Cozumel you need to rent a car or other 4-wheeled vehicle that is bigger and faster than a golf cart to avoid being run over.
I'd say that most of the work here is "contemporary" as opposed to mimicking any particular historical period or
country culture. By that I mean that there's no particular focused "Spanish" influence, which might surprise you.
I'll go out on a pretty strong limb when I say that I doubt that ANY of the ironwork here dates back to Spanish times, because the Spanish didn't pay much attention to the Yucatan area (no precious metals to speak of) until they had pretty much tied up all rest of Mexico and its resources. From what I have read, they only focused on the Yucatan and its Mayan population when they realized it would be good source of slaves. The Spanish didn't leave this area until fairly recently, and the local folks still are not great Spanish fans.
So, any ironwork that does sorta look Spanish was probably commissioned by non Mexicans living there or Mexicans who have come there from the western parts of Mexico, where the Spanish culture is more ingrained.
Since Cozumal is one of the premier scuba diving destinations on earth and since cruise ships dock here regularly, maybe the ironwork is designed to be what the tourists, zipping by in cabs or in rented cars, want it to be.
Anti Climb Spikes, Straight Anti Climb Spikes, Curved
Main Church Entrance Inner Gate, Church
Dive Shop Outer Gates Dive Shop Right Gate
Dive Shop Gate Close Up 1 Dive Shop Gate Close Up 2
Dive Shop, Inner Gate
Dolphin discovery Inner Gate Dolphin Discovery Assess Gate
Compound Gate and Railings 13
Gate 13, Element Detail and Latch Gate 13, Walk Gate Area
Gate 15, Oblique
Gate 15 First Driveway Gate 15 Second Driveway
Gate 15 Fence Sections Gate 15, Gate Latch Detail
Gate 15, Scroll & Construction Detail Gate 15, More Detail
Gate 151 Head-on
Gate 151 Note How Outer Gate Matches Ironwork on Building
Gate 151 Upper Construction Detail Gate 151 Latch Area
Gate 16, Scrolls
Gate 17, Pretty Thin Material
Gate 18, Note VERY thin elements Gate 19
Gate 20, Bright Red
Gate 20, Showing Sliding Rail for Driveway Gate
Gate 20, Small Enclosure Gate Gate 20, Lower Panel
Gate 20, Close Up; Gate 20, Detail
Gate 21, Note Delicate (Too delicate?) Details
Gate 22, Open, Both Leaves Gate 22, Right Leaf
Gate 22, Courtyard Door 1 Gate 22, Courtyard Door 2
Gate 22, Anti Climb Spikes
Gate 23 Gate 24
Gate 26 Gate 26, Cast Finial Detail
Gate 27 Gate 28, again, note that details are almost too thin
Gate 29 Gate 30
Scuba Club Gate Scuba Club Gate Top
Scuba Club Gate Detail Scuba Club Gate, Turtle
Railing 10 Railing 10 Single Section Close up
Railing 11 Railing 11, Detail
Grill 11 Grill 12
Grill 13 Grill 15
Grill Over Door, 14 Grill Over Door 14, Detail
Fence and Gates 11 Fence and Gate 11, Walk Gate Detail
Fence 12 Fence 12, Front Close Up
Fence 12, Flower Element Close Up Fence 12, Oblique View of Side
Door 10 Doorway 1
Door 11 Door 11, Grill Detail
Chandelier, Simple Lamp 1
Couch Couch with Chair
Turtle Above Driveway Gate Grill Detail, Cross
Donkey, Side Donkey, Head, Right
Donkey, Head On Donkey, Head, Left Side
Donkey, Front Leg Detail Donkey, Left and Rear
Donkey, Tail Donkey, Tail, and Back Legs, Close Up
Thanks for looking!