Recently, the World Travel Awards named Cozumel as the “Best Island Destination in Mexico and Central America.” Cozumel is indeed a gorgeous destination, known for its wildlife and scenic beauty. It’s also home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, making it one of the most popular snorkeling and diving spots on the planet. If you think Cozumel may be on your vacation radar, here are some of the best snorkeling spots near the best island destination in Central America.
Chankanaab National Park
Chankanaab is one of the best spots on Cozumel for snorkeling. There are several spots around the park where you can enter the water easily from the beach, making it a great option for the less experienced snorkeler. You’ll find plenty of coral formations and even a few statues that have been dropped around the area in 18 to 20 feet of water. You’ll find plenty of wildlife to check out, too, including a dolphin swim experience that you can arrange in the park. Be advised, you will have to pay a fee to get into the park, but it’s worth the price.
This snorkeling location is ideal if you’re looking to get face to face with a large variety of fish. You’ll find barracuda, cuttlefish and eels, as well as the occasional stingray here. There is no beach entry available, so you’ll have to use a ladder to get in and out of the water and caution should be used when walking on the rocky bottom, as there are sea urchins in the area.
Just south of the Puerta Maya Cruise Ship Pier lies Paradise Reef, another excellent spot for wildlife lovers. Plenty of species call this reef home, including snapper, grunt, toadfish and angelfish. Check out any number of snorkeling tour boats to book a trip to this location.
You’re going to need a boat to reach this snorkeling spot. Despite the extra work in getting there, it’s a great spot for the less experienced snorkeler as the water is only about waist deep. The water is crystal clear here, making it easy for you to spot the numerous starfish that call the sandy bottom home.