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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 15 things to do in Cozumel

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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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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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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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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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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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Columbia Reef

Columbia Reef

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Columbia Reef is famous for its complex architecture of caves, arches, and coral spires. Here, you can find schools of snapper, barracudas, sea turtles, scorpion fish, and even the rare passing nurse shark. With both shallow coral gardens and deep ocean-floor caverns, the reef is accessible to snorkelers and scuba divers alike.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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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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El Mirador Lookout

El Mirador Lookout

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Located on Cozumel’s rugged eastern coast, El Mirador lookout is a rocky seascape dotted with natural bridges, tide pools, and stone spires. This wild, undeveloped area looks out onto the open Caribbean Sea and offers a breezy escape from Cozumel’s more touristy areas.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
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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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Playa Palancar

Playa Palancar

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Playa Palancar is a laid-back beach where you can swim, snorkel, or just relax in a hammock under the coconut-palm trees. It’s one of Cozumel’s most beautiful beaches, with fine white sand and access to an outstanding coral reef just offshore. For a relaxing beach day away from the crowded tourist spots, there’s no better place.More
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El Caracol (Zona Arqueológica El Caracol)

El Caracol (Zona Arqueológica El Caracol)

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Because El Caracol means “snail” in Spanish, there persists a myth that a giant conch shell once sat on top of these Mayan ruins, which are located in Cozumel’s Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. However, the name and snail sculptures that adorned the dome of the tiny temple actually refer to the rows of real snails that were embedded in the stucco.More
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Playa Uvas Beach Club

Playa Uvas Beach Club

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Facing Cozumel’s white sands and turquoise waters, Playa Uvas Beach Club sits directly on the coast and offers a variety of activities and amenities. Active visitors will enjoy snorkel tours, parasailing, and kayaking, and there are lounge chairs, beachside massages, and pool facilities for those who simply want to relax in the sun.More

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Jeep Adventures in Cozumel

Jeep Adventures in Cozumel

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cozumel

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Best place in Cozumel
VALARI_L, Aug 2022
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass
So many things to do on site, as well as great shopping available for souvenirs.
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Everything about Mr....
Buddy_S, Aug 2022
Mr Sanchos Romantic Day Beach Pass for Two
A must to visit in Cozumel.
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The Chester & Linda...
Cathyrn_J, Aug 2022
Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver
All enjoyed ship activities and Cozumel.
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Never a disappointment!
Salena_A, Jul 2022
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass
My husband and I will never miss the opportunity to visit Mr Sancho’s when in Cozumel, the staff is always attentive and personable, it gets better each time.
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great trip
Sonja_C, Jul 2022
Playa Mia Beach Breaks®
beautiful beach with plenty of activities
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A wonderful day
shari_t, Jun 2022
Custom Private Cozumel Jeep Tour: All-Inclusive Tour
Definitely recommend this tour if want to see ALL of Cozumel.
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Nice excursion.
maria_t, May 2022
Cozumel City Tour By Trolley
It was a nice excursion to know about the main places to see around Cozumel city.
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Extremely wonderful!!...
Dale_H, Apr 2022
Cozumel Sightseeing Trike Tour with Lunch
Best way to see cozumel!
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Enjoyable day on Cozumel
Abbey_B, Apr 2022
Cozumel Buggy Tour: Snorkeling & Lunch
Our tour guide Johnny was great and really knew a great deal of history and other interesting things to do next time we came.
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Relaxing and fun!
Jolene_S, Apr 2022
Paradise Beach Exclusive All-Inclusive Day Pass
It is our new favorite place to visit when in Cozumel and we can't wait to go back.
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Cozumel Private Jeep Tour
Linda_G, Apr 2022
The Original Jeep Tour Revamped by Tortugas Cozumel® (Private)
We got to see a lot of Cozumel and our guide gave us information on local history, etc
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This was a great tour...
Judith_J, Apr 2022
Custom Private Cozumel Jeep Tour: All-Inclusive Tour
I had been to Cozumel so many times and I thought I had seen everything, but we were able to see and do things that we have never done before.
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Exciting Adventure!
Desiree_R, Mar 2022
Discover Scuba Diving
It was amazing to see all of the fish and sea life below.
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Great excursion, awesome guides!
Samuel_S, Aug 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
Great value for the money paid and about two hours long which was the perfect amount of time to see lots of little creatures and still have time to shop and eat while in Cozumel.
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Great Experience!!!
Hamid_A, Aug 2022
Cozumel: Private VIP Tour by Van (up to 9 passengers)
Ricky helped us customize our tour based on what everyone was interested to visit.
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Perfect way to explore Cozumel in a personalized tour!
Jordan_S, Aug 2022
ATV Mud Kicking and Snorkeling by Boat in Cozumel
My sister and I had a personal tour with a short drive to the ATVs, an ATV ride through the beautiful forest to a fruit bat cave and then a natural spring followed by tequila tasting.
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Best Experience In Cozumel!
Lynn_M, Jul 2022
Discover Scuba Diving
Tikila reef is incredibly beautiful and with so much to see they made sure to point out all the amazing sea life.
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A bit of everything!
Tamara_G, Jul 2022
ATV Mud Kicking and Snorkeling by Boat in Cozumel
You get to do a bunch of different activities in one trip: ATV, visit/swim @ a cenote, tequila tasting, snorkeling, & Tortugas Beach club.
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Great tour led by awesome tour guides
Huong_H, Jun 2022
Cozumel: Private VIP Tour by Van (up to 9 passengers)
We weren’t able to visit every stop like we planned because we spent more time than expected at the tequila distillery, oops!
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Excellent experience
Randy_T, Jun 2022
Cozumel: Private Transfer (Airport or Ferry Terminal to Hotel)
She was very friendly and spoke English.
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