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Things to do in Cozumel

Things to do in  Cozumel

Welcome to Cozumel

With its inimitable mix of Mayan ruins, sophisticated beach clubs, and world-class snorkeling opportunities, it's easy to see why Cozumel is one of Mexico’s top destinations. Immensely popular with cruise ships, Cozumel Island (Isla Cozumel) caters to short-stay visitors with a variety of shore excursions. Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the archaeological ruins at Tulum are doable on day trips, while shorter cruise excursions invite you to drive an ATV to the cenotes of Jade Caverns; explore Chankanaab Park (Parque Chankanaab) in a submarine; or sail at sunset near Playa Palancar, home to the biologically rich Palancar Reef. Outdoor adventurers can choose from horseback riding, scuba diving, dune buggy driving (which is a big hit with families), and more. All-inclusive day passes to Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club and Playa Mia Grand Beach offer access to luxurious facilities and the sublime beaches of the Caribbean. A private Jeep excursion lets you design your own itinerary, which can include anything from archaeological sites and national parks to shopping, snorkeling, and tequila tasting. What’s more, with Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen just a short boat ride away, the island of Cozumel is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya.

Top 10 attractions in Cozumel

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Palancar Reef

Palancar Reef

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The star attraction of Cozumel Reefs National Park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel), Palancar Reef is a rich underwater landscape ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Aquatic species thrive amidst these colorful corals, including sea turtles, rays, nurse sharks, barracudas, moray eels, and a kaleidoscope of colorful fish.More
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Mr. Sancho's Beach Club Cozumel

Mr. Sancho's Beach Club Cozumel

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Set on a private stretch of white sand, Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club Cozumel allows you to avoid the island’s beachfront crowds and offers amenities for a relaxing seaside experience. Here you can swim in the Caribbean ocean, sample all you can eat from the restaurant and bar, float in the infinity pool, and relax in shaded cabanas.More
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Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park

Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park

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Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park encompasses the island’s best-known diving and snorkeling spots, including the Palancar, Columbia, and Paradise reefs, as well as the Devil’s Throat at Punta Sur and the shipwreck ofFelipe Xicoténcatl—a minesweeper ship used in WWII. The park houses up to 26 species of coral and 300 species of fish.More
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Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park

Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park

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With its unspoiled beaches, lush nature trails, and abundance of marine life, Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is among the highlights of Cozumel, set along the island’s west coast in the area’s National Marine Park. The Chankanaab name comes from the Mayan language and means "little sea," referring to the park’s natural lagoon. The access to the warm, turquoise sea is a top draw, as are the provided lounge chairs and hammocks prime for relaxing on the beautiful beach.More
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Akumal

Akumal

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Akumal is a small beach town located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Meaning “land of the turtles” in the Mayan language, Akumal is famous for its plentiful sea turtle population. Its secluded white-sand beaches and peaceful bays are also ideal for those seeking a more private experience.More
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Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef)

Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef)

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One of Cozumel’s most popular dive sites, Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef) is famous for its clear water, diverse coral structures, and teeming schools of colorful fish. Here you can spot large sea species such as eels, rays, and nurse sharks in addition to smaller creatures such as seahorses, boxfish, and delicate pipefish.More
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Columbia Reef

Columbia Reef

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Columbia Reef is famous for its complex architecture of caves, arches, and coral spires. Here you can find schools of snapper, barracudas, sea turtles, scorpion fish, and even the rare passing nurse shark. With both shallow coral gardens and deep ocean-floor caverns, the reef is accessible to snorkelers and scuba divers alike.More
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park (Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve)

Punta Sur Eco Beach Park (Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve)

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Located on Cozumel’s southernmost tip, Punta Sur Eco Beach Park (Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve) spans 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) of coastal wilderness, coral reefs, and Caribbean ocean. Here you can find ancient Maya ruins, a picturesque lighthouse, and sandy beaches—plus exotic birds, crocodiles, and sea turtles.More
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El Cedral

El Cedral

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El Cedral is a village on the southwest side of Cozumel. It is also the site of the island’s oldest Mayan ruins, which date to AD 800. Spanish explorers first discovered El Cedral in 1518, and it became the island’s first official city in 1847. Today it’s home to a small community of quaint houses and farms, as well as an annual festival.More
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El Caracol (Zona Arqueológica El Caracol)

El Caracol (Zona Arqueológica El Caracol)

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Because El Caracol means “snail” in Spanish, there persists a myth that a giant conch shell once sat on top of these Mayan ruins, which are located in Cozumel’s Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. However, the name and snail sculptures that adorned the dome of the tiny temple actually refer to the rows of real snails that were embedded in the stucco.More

Trip ideas

Best Beach Clubs in Cozumel

Best Beach Clubs in Cozumel

How to Spend 3 Days in Cozumel

How to Spend 3 Days in Cozumel

Jeep Adventures in Cozumel

Jeep Adventures in Cozumel

Recent reviews from experiences in Cozumel

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Amazing Experience
TSM, Dec. 2020
Chankanaab Cozumel Scuba Diving
We were delighted to see that we were the only 2 people at our session.
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Twin nephews first cruise/trip to Cozumel
JACQUELINE_G, Mar. 2020
Chankanaab Park Cozumel All inclusive Ultimate package
They were looking forward to snorkeling but all snorkeling activities were cancelled due to the water being too rough.
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Great Day in Cozumel
MelandRyan, Feb. 2020
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
It was the right amount of time to see a few things and enjoy beautiful Cozumel!
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Great experience!
YiY, Feb. 2020
Private cozumel full day adventure
Our driver, Joseph, was very friendly and recommended great stops for us to visit.
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Excellent
spscholz7, Jan. 2020
Mayan Jungle Jeep to Jade Cavern Cenote and Snorkel Adventure
Would recommend for anyone trying to see Cozumel in a day
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Best experience in all of Cozumel!
JacqueBatcha, Jan. 2020
Cozumel Farm To Table Experience!!!
We got to see a different side of Mexico, and Carlos and his father were the best hosts.
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Great tour
Justin Libby A, Nov. 2019
Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling
Our guide Miguel showed us everything we wanted to see on the island.
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Best part of my cruise
nlmcdaniel1, Oct. 2019
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
Thanks for taking out my family to see the beautiful waters of Cozumel.
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Great Tour!
scarvw1, Jul. 2019
Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling
Rocky spoke fluent English.
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Private 5 hour tour
Happiness49829280253, Apr. 2019
Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver
He took us to all the places we wanted to visit and more.
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Great Excursion!
GrandTour66400692575, Apr. 2019
E-bike West Coast Snorkeling Tour
We biked through the streets of Cozumel, got to jump into a spring, went snorkeling, and had an amazing lunch.
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Great value
lediaa545, Dec. 2018
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass
Will plan to visit again when in Cozumel.
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Our crew was great, boat was as...
mike.kuntz, Mar. 2018
40 ft Sea Ray Private Charter
Best way to see Cozumel!
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Jerry, our tour guide, was awesome...
Elizabeth P, Nov. 2017
Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver
This is a perfect excursion to see a lot, learn a lot and have a great time.
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Tour guide from Cozumel downtown to...
John B, Feb. 2018
Tulum Mayan Ruins Express from Cozumel
Ruins were amazing to see and learn about.
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We had a blast, great way to see the...
Joseph S, Nov. 2017
Cozumel Jeep and Snorkel Adventure Tour
We had a blast, great way to see the beauty of Cozumel.
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Booking this excursion was very...
Ejah H, Oct. 2016
Tulum Mayan Ruins Express from Cozumel
Our tour guide at Tulum was very informative and his English was very good.
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As a travel Agent I like to find...
Kari, Apr. 2016
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass
As a travel Agent I like to find great places for my Clients to visit.
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Wonderfully fun and active...
Jennifer G, Mar. 2015
Amazing Cozumel Race: Small-Group Tour and Scavenger Hunt
Loved to get to see real Cozumel
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Loads of fun and Eduardo and Alfonso...
Gretchen F, Feb. 2015
Amazing Cozumel Race: Small-Group Tour and Scavenger Hunt
A very fun activity, a different way to visit Cozumel!

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