Beautiful azure-colored waters that are packed full of colorful tropical fish and reefs. Starfish and sea turtles. Warm and sunny temperatures and stunning sunrises and sunsets. This is the type of environment you will find on Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. You will find endless possibilities for
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy for weeks having an amazing time. If you only have a day or two to explore all this beautiful tropical island has to offer, you will have to pick what you want to see while you’re there.
Planning out your trip to Cozumel is essential to making sure you can make the most of your time. That is why I have put together this great guide to assist you in making the best of your time on the island!
Faro Celerain Ecological Park previously known as Punta Sur – This is a popular destination while in Cozumel. It is a park that consists of over 2500 acres and is full of exotic birds, beautiful flowers, beaches, sea turtles, crock, museums full of Mayan history, and even 2 different lighthouses.
There is a charge to get into this park it is $16 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. The park is only open Monday-Saturday and is closed on Sunday. While on the island it is suggested that you climb to the top of the Celarain Lighthouse, where you will see some amazing and unique views of the area.
El Cedral – This is the oldest Mayan sites on the island. Much of the site was knocked down, and it is a small monument. There is a Cenote that you could swim in with the admission you pay to get in, but from what I have read online it is kept in very unhealthy condition and you wouldn’t want to swim in it.
Playa Palancar Beach – This is one of the best beach spots anywhere on Cozumel, it is also the only beach that doesn’t charge admission on the island. There are many different things to do on the island. The activities include kayaking, snorkeling, diving, sailing, towel rentals, jet ski’s, and so much more!
Playa Chen Rio – This is a great beach that is a little more off the beaten path, and not as well known about. It has plenty of shady spots to sit and relax, but on Sunday’s the locals all come to enjoy the beach as well. So it will be a little more crowded those days. The beach has big rocks surrounding the waters, which makes for very calm water. There are
Cozumel Butterfly and botanical Gardens – Home to over 85 different species of butterflies for guests to enjoy. The grounds are filled with plants, flowers, orchids, and trees. They also have a shallow water coral reef system for you to cool off in when your done viewing the gardens and butterflies. –
San Gervasio Ruins – This is both the largest and most significant Mayan archeological site on the island. It was a holy site dedicated to Ixchel the God of fertility and love. Mayan women would often make a pilgrimage to this site. It is open daily from 8:00 – 3:45 p.m. Adults pay a $4.50 entrance fee, and kids 10 and under are free. Try and go early as that way you can beat the crowds and the heat. Also, be sure to bring some water, a hat, and insect repellent, especially during rainy season.
Chankanaab National Park – Chankanaab is a Mayan term for “small sea.” It is a coastal cenote that is part of the mesoamerican reef system (which is the 2nd largest reef system in the world.) You could spend the afternoon snorkeling here and even enjoy an all you can eat buffet as well.
Punta Molas – The only way to view this lighthouse is to take a full 4×4 vehicle or take a tour. It is off of the beaten path and not easy to get to. You will also quickly realize that there are very few other people around due to the difficulty getting here, but it’s perfect for those people looking for a more secluded tour. You will view the lighthouse and some ruins.
Paradise Beach – At paradise beach you will not only have access to the beach which would be obvious. They also have the biggest heated pool on Cozumel, a restaurant and bar, and the option to rent all
Snorkeling – The waters around Cozumel have some of the best snorkeling around. You won’t want to miss snorkeling in these waters. You can see colorful fish or coral, swim with starfish, or just sit and enjoy the shallow warm crystal clear waters of El Cielo.
KaoKao Chocolate Factory – Ever wonder how cocoa beans go from a bean into your favorite chocolate bar? Well, this is your chance to take a 90-minute tour to learn all about it. You will learn the process make your own chocolate to eat, and much more. Tours take place at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm Monday through Saturday.
Cozumel Chef Food Tour – For only $80 you can spend 3 hours immersed in making authentic Mexican food. You will get to do everything from purchasing the items to cooking, and finally eating this delicious food. Everything is included in the cost the food and transportation for an amazing day. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday.
Submarine Tour – View the beautiful ocean wildlife from over 100 feet below the surface on board the submarine tour. You will get 2 hours of viewing out of the portholes. While on board you will get drinks and have a great time. Prices are $107 for adults and $67 for kids 3-12
Jeep Tour with Lunch a Snorkeling – For the amazing price of $69 for adults and $55 for children you will get a private tour for 5-51/2 hours. It includes a snorkel tour and equipment, a Mexican lunch, a JEEP
Ha Haak Water Adventures – You will find multiple ways to enjoy the water here. There are stand up paddle boards with lessons as well as water bikes and water mats. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 am- 4 pm.
Cozumel Pearl Farm – Ever wondered what exactly is involved in getting a pearl from the sea onto a necklace? Well, this tour will show you just that. This is the only pearl farm in the Caribbean so it is a perfect stop for some educational family fun on Cozumel. Included in this tour is not just information in the pearling process, but also time to snorkel in an area no other tourists are a wonderful lunch and drinks, and time to swim and relax. This is a full day tour that leaves at 10 AM Monday through Saturday and returns by 4 PM. Adults are $110 and Children are $85 (6-12,) 0-5 are free.
Deep Sea Fishing – This deep sea fishing company offers many different tour types. You can deep sea fish, fly fish, snorkel, snorkel and fish, bottom sea fish, go on a sunset cruise, or a mix of these options. The boat sizes range from a few to groups of 12+. They offer meal purchases, drinks, snorkeling equipment and much more!
El Mirador – The translation for this place is “the viewpoint” or “the lookout.” When you visit this place you will get a view of the rugged side of the island where the sea carved an arch out of the rocks. It is a perfect spot to enjoy the views and beauty. It is not, however, a good spot to take a swim as it is rock covered and there is no sandy beach.
Playa Chen Rio – This is a beach located on the East side of the island. You cannot swim on the beaches on the East side because the current is so strong. This beach you can swim at because it is protected and has no currents. It is a beautiful beach, and a perfect spot to spend the day or a few hours relaxing and not many people know of this beach.
Visit San Miguel – Walk around the town and grab an authentic Mexican food, listen to music, explore the shops. If it’s a hot day the kids can enjoy playing in the fountain to cool off and don’t forget to take a photo by the Cozumel sign right in the area.
Jade Cavern – Take a 30 minute ATV ride down the dirt paths to one of the many well-known caves that are located in the Yucatan Peninsula. When you get to Jade Cavern you can opt to jump off of the 20-foot jump off of the cliff into the crystal clear waters of the underground river system where you can view the stalactites.
Take a Fun Ride Around the Island on A Dune Buggy – You can take a tour around the island on one of the colorful dune buggies. They will drive you around the island for about 4 1/2 hours to make sure you get the best and most popular views of the island. You can choose to leave at
While we were on Cozumel for the day we went on an amazing tour and explored the waters around the island. The Island is well known for having some of the best waters to snorkel in. Let me just say they really are truly amazing and beautiful! Did you know that there are many other
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