Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow waters of temperate seas, spending the majority of their time partially buried in sand and only moving with the sway of the tide. Their color usually reflects that of the seafloor, a defensive camouflage against predatory sharks and larger rays.
Of all the things to do in Playa del Carmen, stingray swim and snorkel experiences are some of the most sought after, and Cozumel Island in particular offers the perfect opportunity for the entire family to enjoy this unique experience in park designed specifically for this purpose.
Here, in a safe enclosure in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, visitors get to feed, touch and swim with stingrays. Expert local guides demonstrate how to interact with the rays, as well as deliver educational talks about their behavior and the many conservation efforts underway in the region.
Every encounter is fun, informative and equal parts educational and entertaining, and is definitely set apart from the more traditional swim with manatees and dolphins, or the world-famous Playa del Carmen diving that most visitors know about. In fact, snorkeling with these majestic creatures is fast becoming an essential part of any traveler’s trip to the region, and is a great way to discover and learn about their anatomy, habitat and friendly nature.