Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel – Image courtesy of Creative Commons
Introducing Cozumel Island
Discover one of Mexico's premier diving destinations in the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. Explore more than 30 reefs and choose a themed dive tour that focuses on ecology, archaeology or wrecks.
Known as “Island of the swallows’ by its earliest inhabitants, Cozumel is fringed by wide sugar-white beaches, beautiful reefs and clear turquoise waters.
Snorkel or dive underwater caves, offshore reefs and see wrecks and bays littered with sunken cannons, anchors and statues. Don’t miss the vivid tunnels of ‘Devil’s Throat’ off Punta Sur, teeming with schooling yellow jack and turtles. Most of the diving in Cozumel is drift diving.
Stroll the waterfront boulevard of charming San Miguel village, see exhibits of the island’s history in the fascinating Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park and wander around Maya ruins at San Gervasio.
To the south of Cozumel on the eastern coast lies the 100ha ecological Parque Punta Sur, an area which encompasses reefs, beaches, lagoons, low forest and the ancient Mayan site of Caracol.
Hike through the park, keeping an eye out for crocodiles, flamingos, egrets and herons. Watch sea turtles nesting on protected beaches, kayak off the beach or climb to the ancient Mayan lighthouse, El Caracol, built to whistle when the wind blows from a certain direction.
Cozumel is located around 10km off the mainland, about 19km south east of Playa del Carmen and 90km south of Cancún. The island is roughly 48km long and 16km wide.
Fly directly into Cozumel International Airport or into Cancun Airport. From Cancun, head south to Playa del Carmen and take the ferry to Cozumel. There are hourly boats costing around US$13 per adult each way. Cruise ships also visit the island.
On foot, taxi or by hire car. A jeep coast around US$20 per day. Note: Spanish speakers can get hefty discounts on rental cars.