Cozumel Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Many of the most popular tourist attractions on the island of Cozumel are concentrated around the capital town of San Miguel, and also close to the main tourist resorts and beaches on Cozumel
. A range of guided tours are available, leading tourists to some of Cozumel's most famous attractions and including jungle tours, eco tours and even horse riding.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are amongst the most popular tourist attractions on Cozumel and some of the best scuba diving sites lie within the Parque Nacional Marino Arrecifes de Cozumel, a national marine park, which has been protected since the mid-1990s. Deep-sea fishing, glass bottom cruises and an array of water sports are also worth considering. At night-time, many tourists head to Cozumel's westerly beaches for a romantic walk beneath the stars, particularly those directly north of San Miguel.
Fishing / Sportfishing
Various deep-sea fishing packages are on offer around Cozumel's appealing coastline. Sportfishing offers the chance to catch some enormous sailfish, grouper, snapper, marlin, tuna and dorado (mahi mahi), which are amongst the main attractions. Lunch and even beer is usually provided on the longest fishing trips and superb views can always be enjoyed. Notable sportfishing companies on Cozumel include the Albatros Charters along the South Coast Highway (Costera Sur Highway), and the Marathon Deep Sea Fishing on the Calle 10 Norte 500 in San Miguel.
Open hours: daily - hours vary
Sailing, Yachting and Glass Bottom Boats
A range of sailing attractions and opportunities await tourists visiting Cozumel and easily suit all possible needs. Those who wish to charter their own vessel will find a number of large yachts available for hire. Others prefer to simply enjoy a guided cruise, where they can sightsee with ease, appreciate the endless views and take plenty of photos. Children will always find the glass bottom boat tours especially appealing and enjoy the tantalising glimpses of the underwater creatures and reefs. The glass bottom boats often provide snorkelling trips, suiting those who would like to explore the waters a little more fully.
Open hours: daily
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
The island of Cozumel is one of the most outstanding diving destinations on the planet and the scuba diving conditions are truly unbeatable, with superb visibility all through the year and many spectacular marine creatures, often just beneath the water's surface. Many dive centres, experienced instructors and dive schools can be found on the island and also around the nearby Playa del Carmen. For snorkellers, the best snorkelling attractions are reached by boat, although the waters around the Playa San Francisco, the Playa La Ceiba and Bahia Chankanaab are more than enough for most.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for equipment hire
Dolphin Discovery / Chankanaab National Marine Park
Address: Parque Chankanaab, Cozumel, 77600, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 984 94 757
Located within the Chankanaab National Marine Park and off the South Coast Road (Costera Sur Highway), Cozumel's Dolphin Discovery offers the perfect day out for all of the family and is filled with marine-related attractions. Many people come here to swim with the friendly dolphins, who clearly enjoy interacting with humans. Three main dolphin packages are available, depending upon age and swimming / diving experience. Within the Chankanaab National Marine Park itself you can also enjoy sea lion shows, beautifully landscaped botanical gardens, lagoons filled with tropical fish, dive shops and a number of eateries.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 17:39
Admission: charge, concessions
Address: Carretera a Chankanaab, Cozumel, 77600, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 987 872 5671
What better way to explore the Cozumel coastline than by submarine? These small, but comfortable submarines offer the chance to view the colourful marine attractions and spectacular scenery around the Chankanaab Reef, without the need to even leave your seat. The submarines are fully air-conditioned and suitable for all the family, lasting around one and a half hours and reaching depths of up to 30 metres / 100 feet.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 16:00