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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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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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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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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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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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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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San Gervasio Mayan Ruins

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins

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Centuries ago, Maya women visited this sacred site to pay tribute to Ixchel, their goddess of love and fertility. Today, the San Gervasio Mayan ruins are one of Cozumel’s largest archaeological sites, with low stone structures, a central plaza, and a main temple scattered throughout the jungle.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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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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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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Playa Mia Grand Beach Park

Playa Mia Grand Beach Park

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Playa Mia Grand Beach Park offers myriad options for enjoying the Caribbean Sea, whether you want to swim in the warm ocean, enjoy a massage, zip down water slides, or float in one of the park’s many pools. Here you can find beachfront lounge chairs and hammocks, a buffet and full bar, and even an underwater Maya city to explore.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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Best Cozumel tour & snorkeling trip
Janette_S, Jan 2022
Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling
We got to see a lot of the island.
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Amazing way to see the east side of Cozumel
Jason_H, Jan 2022
Cozumel 5-Hour Private Bar Crawl Tour
Wonderful way to see the east side of the island.
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Fun
heather_c, Jan 2022
Mayan Jungle Jeep to Jade Cavern Cenote and Snorkel Adventure
A small stop to see some Myan ruins, jump into a cenote and tequila tasting.
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Superb snorkelling experience with a terrific crew
Betti_M, Jan 2022
Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Colombia and El Cielo Reefs
Be aware that you might not be able to see the turtles and rays so that you can be disappointed.
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Perfect Private Jeep Tour
Barbara_B, Jan 2022
Private Jeep Tour in Cozumel
Extremely individualized tour so we could choose to see what interested us.
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The BEST Snorkeling Tour!
Raquel_R, Jan 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
We are native spanish speakers, and the guides were happy to give directions in both English and Spanish for the benefit of the group, as the others on the tour spoke only English.
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Great day, excellent snorkeling and terrific staff!
Tyler_H, Dec 2021
Cozumel Reef Snorkeling Tour
And, we were delighted to see a stingray in the shallow water where we were anchored.
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Full Day Jeep Excursion Cozumel
Michael_A, Dec 2021
Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling
But overall you can pick and choose where you want to go and things to do it is all in your control with regards to itinerary.
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private tour of a lifetime
Richard_E, Nov 2021
Cozumel: Private VIP Tour by Van (up to 9 passengers)
We have been to Cozumel many times, but this allowed us to see things we hadn't seen before, or even been aware of.
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Great snorkeling experience!!
Ryan_K, Sep 2021
"First Lady" Private Marine Park Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Charter
First we went fishing to try to get a fresh catch for the ceviche, followed by the beautiful coral reef tour, then to see the starfish and ending at the sandbar where we fed stingrays and got to hang out, drink and eat.
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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!
Jacqueline_B, 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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Private 5 hour tour
Randy_B, 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!
Cathleen_L, 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 driver and guide, Gerry, was...
MargaretE_D, Jan 2018
Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver
He spoke fluent English and allowed us to make our own itinerary.
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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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