Renowned for its fine coral reefs and beach-scattered coastline, Cozumel is largely underdeveloped at its core, where thick, emerald jungle and swampy lagoons are home to endemic birds and butterflies.
The majority of the western shore is rocky and not suitable for swimming. Here, the best beaches have been turned into privately operated beach clubs. Some charge an entry fee that gets you access, a chair and umbrella, and use of the toilets and changing rooms. These beaches happen to be the best places to learn to scuba dive, snorkel among the exquisite waters, or even swim with manatees!
At the Chankanaab beach adventure park, you can see also crocodiles and exotic birds, explore the El Caracol Mayan ruins, or simply relax in a hammock on a stunning white sand beach. Nearby, you can find the Faro Celerain Lighthouse, which contains a small maritime museum – you can climb to the top to admire the view! The ziplines at Chankanaab also offer a variety of lines that fly out over the jungle and lagoon – making for adrenaline-rich experiences.
Elsewhere, Cozumel scuba diving is, plainly said, a phenomenal experience. And funnily enough, the most impressive dive sites lie in reasonably shallow waters. This means that it is perfect for those with limited experience or those who are undertaking their Open Water training. It is also a great place to experience drift diving for the first time.
For the last couple of years, people have stopped asking ‘Where is Cozumel Island?’, as this small paradise has grown in stature. And today, Cozumel often gets described as a place with ‘Mexican heart and Caribbean soul’, as this tropical resort continues to provide a quintessential slice of island life.