Cozumel

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Cozumel. Photo Credit: kickingdesigns.com.

Without a doubt, Cozumel has some of the most beautiful, clear waters in the world. The white-sand sea floor brings out turquoise shades from afar, and the clear waters provide glimmering up-close views of underwater sea life. With more than 30 dive locations and barrier reefs to explore, scuba diving and snorkeling are as popular in Cozumel waters as they are anywhere in the world. Cozumel has a variety of beach features. On northern and southern ends of the developed west (leeward) side of the island, you will find white-sand beaches, perfect for relaxing, sunning and just digging your feet in. The west side of the island features calmer waters than the east side, and a lot more resorts, restaurants and beach clubs. Some beaches are more rocky and less conducive to just walking right into the water. However, these are the beaches that will likely produce much better snorkeling. In some locations you will find a hybrid of these two types of beaches as developers brought in sand to cover up the rough limestone edges. You’ll find these hybrid beaches at many of the resorts, hotels and condos so that visitors can have both a comfortable spot to sunbathe and swim while also experiencing great snorkeling right from shore. The east side of the island is rockier, with stronger waves and most beaches there are not recommended for swimming.

Snorkeling at Chankanaab National Park. Photo Credit: Dtraveller via Flickr.

One of Cozumel’s most popular beaches is at the Chankanaab National Park, where snorkeling is excellent and a lifeguard watches over the swimmers. There is an entry fee ($21 for adults and $14 for kids 3 to 11 last we checked) but the beach features two restaurants, a snack bar, bathrooms with showers, gift shops, three dive shops with equipment rental, lockers, children’s playground and other beach activities.

Another very popular beach is Paradise Beach, just about five miles from the main cruise ship port and nine miles from the downtown area. There is no admission to this beautiful, modern facility that features a very nice swimming pool and fronts crystal clear tranquil waters with soft white sands, and a forest of coconut palms. Facilities include changing areas, a bar and one of the biggest pools in Cozumel. Lounge chair rental is only $2, and you’ll also find free Internet access, waverunner rentals, banana boat rides, parasailing, hair-braids, and massages on the beach.

Yet another popular beach on the west side is Mr. Sancho’s Beach. Yes, it has an unusual name, but it offers many amenities, including a small pool. You can either buy a package for all you can eat and drink or pay as you go.

A side trip you may want to consider: catch a ferry to Playa del Carmen. It is a short trip from Cozumel across stunningly beautiful waters. Play del Carmen has an expansive shopping area at the port, with tourist shops and restaurants that seem to go on endlessly.



 

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