Snorkeling in Cozumel

Sunlit Shallows and Technicolor Corals

The reefs of Cozumel lure divers from around the world. And those same colorful coral formations extend upward into shallow waters near the shore, allowing snorkelers to experience the full diversity and splendor of this unique underwater environment. Adventures can begin by wading in right from the beach, or by hopping aboard a motorboat for a relaxing ride down the coast. There's something for snorkelers of all abilities and interests, from calm shallow coves where children and first-timers can discover what lies below, to dramatic coral castles that invite free divers to take a closer look into fish-filled crevices and caverns.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, surrounded by water great for beach lovers, watersports enthusiasts and those looking to relax
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Winter temperatures stay in the 70s, with pleasantly low humidity. Summertime highs approach 90 but cool at night. The rainy season, June to October, bring afternoon thunderstorms and increased humidity, but underwater visibility isn't compromised

Cozumel Information

Snorkeling in Cozumel

The west coast of the island of Cozumel is sheltered from prevailing winds and waves and washed by the clear waters of a north-flowing current. These conditions are ideal for corals growth and abundant fish life, and many reefs begin close to shore in shallow depths that are well-suited for snorkeling.

Snorkeling in Cozumel Tips

While some snorkel sites can be reached by the shore, others require a boat ride. Snorkeling from a boat allows operators to visit sites where there are currents, as snorkels can drift and be picked up without having to swim against the water flow. As a bonus, many boats feature glass-bottom viewing chambers to provide a preview of what lies below.

Best Places for Snorkeling in Cozumel

The starfish gardens in the shallow waters of El Cielo are a delight for snorkelers of all ages. Nooks and crannies within colorful coral formations at Colombia hold shy marine life. Turtles, rays and queen angel fish patrol the reefs of Palancar. Upon entering the water at Chankanaab National Park, snorkels are met by swarms of tropical fish.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Cozumel

A hat for sun protection when out of the water, and a water shirt to keep the back from getting sunburned when snorkeling. Use a mesh tote bag or compact nylon pack to keep personal items organized on boat trips. Add a small waterproof case for keys, wallets and phones.

Specials

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

COZUMEL - SPRING-SUMMER DIVE DEAL includes 5 nights Deluxe Ocean View accommodations, 3 days 2-tank boat dives, 1 welcome tank with Dive House, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including house brand alcohol, 24 hour room service, daily activities, hotel tax and service charges.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Rates from $816 valid through 12/19/21.

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

COZUMEL DIVERS PROMOTION + $600 Resort Credit includes 5 night Deluxe Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives including free tanks for shore diving with Babieca Dive Center, hotel tax and service charges.

$600 Mega Pass Resort Credit Coupon Book (per booked room) can be used towards diving, snorkeling, spa, restaurants, room upgrades, car rental (non- transferrable/non-refundable, specific credit amounts set by hotel).
5 night minimum stay required February 24 thru March 26, 2021.
3 night minimum stay required March 27 thru December 21, 2021.

Optional add-ons for Watersports & Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Valid 5/1/21-7/9/21 & 8/14/21-12/21/21. Rates from $553 per person/double diver.
Valid through 4/30/21 & 7/10/21-8/13/21. Rates from $573 per person/double diver.
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The Explorean Cozumel

Located on Cozumel's western coast, situated behind its sister property the Fiesta Americana. The beach is easily accessible (about a 3 min walk). Offering a one-of-a-kind Daily Expedition & Adventure Program. Each day offers something new, and exciting to do, with guided expeditions and treks in the ocean, on the beach, around the town, and deep into the tropical jungle. Guests learn and explore the island while cycling, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and driving dune-buggies, and it's all included in the room rate. Most activities are accessible to guests with a wide range of fitness and experience levels and ages. On site restaurant, pool, hot tub and complimentary WiFi. Access to Fiesta Americana’s beach club, dive operation and private pier.

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Presidente InterContinental Resort

Located on a palm fringed island, luxurious and secluded surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, situated on a half mile stretch of private sand beach, only minutes from the abundant coral reefs. Four restaurants, spa & two pools (one for adults only), buffet breakfast included in the room rate. PADI 5-Star Center (Scuba Du) on site. Valet dive service including gear rinse and storage.

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Cozumel Hotel and Resort by Wyndham

This well-known Resort located near the newly renovated center square with shopping, local restaurants and bars, and minutes from the colorful and abundant coral reefs that have made Cozumel one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving destinations. A 180-room resort, newly remodeled, free Wi-Fi in public areas. Adjoining and disabled rooms available. Resort offers all-inclusive or breakfast accommodations, friendly staff, the largest pool on the island, and an expansive beach club. On-site legendary Dive Paradise offers dive lockers, rinse tanks, & hangers for dive gear. Receive $25 in food and beverage credits per room, when a min of $100 USD is spent during stay, or $50 per room when a min of $200 USD is spent during stay, 15% off gift shop (some restrictions apply), 1-free Scuba Diving introductory lesson in the swimming pool per guest.

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

Situated on 2,000 feet of beach on the southwest side of Cozumel, just five minutes from Chankanaab Ecopark on beautiful Cozumel you will find an all-inclusive getaway for vacationers and divers of every sort. Stays at this resort come with all privileges of an Escape to Unlimited-Fun® vacation including countless daytime land and non-motorized water activities, limitless food and beverages. Three bars and lounges serving international and domestic brand beverages Explorer’s Club for Kids (ages 3-12) and Corezone teenager club with fun-filled activities. On-site Dive House Cozumel PADI 5-Star Dive Resort- offers valet diving, gear storage lockers, fresh water showers and gear-washing facilities and Scubapro rental equipment.

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Secrets Aura Cozumel

Located on beautiful Cozumel and the only all inclusive, adults only, beachfront resort. Unlimited-Luxury®, limitless gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages. Blended with the natural charm of Mexican hospitality, this property features 266 luxurious suites each decorated with a unique style. Private terrace or balcony, full bathroom with whirlpool and mini bar. Activities & entertainment, spa, tennis court, infinity-edge pool with ocean view and much, much more.

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Occidental Cozumel

Located on one of the best beaches in Cozumel, this all-inclusive luxury and world class diving resort is top-notch on famed San Francisco Beach, offering a range of room categories, six restaurants, gourmet dining, daytime activities, evening entertainment, turn-down service and room service in an authentic hacienda-style resort. Relax on the beach or at one of the 3 pools or partake in on-site watersports including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling. Upgrade to The Royal Club, with personal concierge service, hydro-massage bathtubs, private whirlpool and other exclusive amenities. Dive operation Pro Dive International offers PADI certifications & daily excursions. The Palancar Reef is 10 minutes away by boat.

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

This upscale all-inclusive oceanfront resort is located on the island’s calm western coast, with easy access to Cozumel's best dive sites. Convenient to the attractions of San Miguel, but also close to prime southern reefs. All rooms and suites have ocean views from private terraces, and feature modern décor. The resort offers a mix of Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines. Amenities include two pools three bars, workout facilities, game room, kid's club, spa services and entertainment. Plus 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the resort's beach club for water sports, shore diving, snorkeling with a private pier. On-site aquatics center operated by Dive House.

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

Beachfront resort located on the southern end of Cozumel. Completely renovated. All-inclusive and room only options. Deluxe rooms and suites with kitchens or kitchenettes. Oceanfront restaurant and bar, massage cabins, beautiful tide pool with cascading waterfalls and hot tub. On site PADI Dive Center with PADI certified dive-masters and instructors. Unlimited shore diving from private dock.

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Allegro Cozumel

Located on the magnificent Playa San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the island of Cozumel. This All-Inclusive offers rooms with a subtle tropical decor that are perfect for relaxing. In addition, the resort offers a superb gastronomic array of 5 restaurants and 5 bars to enjoy after a long day of activities. Excellent packages for diving experiences at one of the world’s top destinations for scuba divers. Includes an on-site Pro Dive International, PADI Dive Center and dock. When Jacques Cousteau visited the Santa Rosa Reef and the Palancar Gardens, he defined it as "paradise." Guests can enjoy daily thanks to the resort’s proximity to both of these dive sites. Various leisure and entertainment options both top-side and under water, to spot dolphins and sea turtles, or lying in the sand at the beach, or next to one of the 5 pools.

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Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort

One of Cozumel´s most popular hotels located across the street from the crystal clear waters of Cozumel´s Mexican Caribbean. Five minutes from the heart of town. Superior rooms with private balcony or terrace and spacious Deluxe Cabanas. A-la-carte restaurant, swim-up bar, beach area with “palapas” and hammocks. Designed for the sun lover and sports enthusiast, here you will enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and much more. Dive concierge and beach diving on site.

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Scuba Club Cozumel

This divers resort located on the waterfront one mile south of the downtown ferry dock. The 60-room beachfront dive hotel features air-conditioned accommodations, each with ceiling fan, hair dryer, mini fridge, and a private porch or balcony, just steps away from great shore diving. Rooms are ready for wet divers and have drying racks for dive suits on each terrace. Packages typically include the room, meals and diving. On site is a PADI 5-Star Dive Center with seven custom boats and a private pier. Caters to individual divers as well as groups.

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The Westin Cozumel

Located Amid lush tropical vegetation on San Juan Beach. Explore your adventurous side scuba diving or with nearby activities such as, boating and eco tours. All boutique rooms, suites and cabanas offer breathtaking ocean views, and some also feature outdoor whirlpools and private plunge pools. Let your cares and worries disappear while lounging at the pool, surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers. For enhanced views, head to the Sky Lounge, the highest on the island. Fitness studio, spa and three on-site dining options.

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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid, undamaged passport is required. No visa is required for stays less than 180 days. One page is required in your passport for entry stamp. Other required items include a return ticket and confirmation of hotel reservation. All persons leaving Cozumel pay a departure tax of approximately $34 USD which should be included in your international ticket. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering Mexico if you’re coming from the United States. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel www.cdc.gov.

Culture and Customs

Though no longer the sleepy fishing village that divers first discovered in the 1960s, the island of Cozumel retains much of its small-town charm. Cruise ships come and go, but move beyond the waterfront souvenir shops and tourist-centric watering holes and you will discover a culture that combines memories of the Maya with traditions of old Mexico. Many local shops close for an afternoon siesta and as the big ships sail off into the night, residents come out for paseos around the town square. Also in the mix is a vibrant and sophisticated art and music scene. Cozumel has been called Mexico's equivalent of Key West, attracting creative types from across the country and beyond. This influx of talent also extends to the kitchen, adding creative cuisines to a dining scene that also includes a number of family-operated favorites that have been pleasing hungry divers for decades. Surface intervals are typically spent relaxing at beach clubs, with perhaps one day set aside for an island tour. A handful of bars and clubs stay open late, while ferries connect to the lively scene at Playa del Carmen, which lies just across the channel.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 110 volts, 60 cycles, same as in the U.S., so converters are not necessary.

Cozumel has a modern, fully digital and reliable telecommunication system. The long distance dialing code is 52, while the area code for Cozumel is 987. Check with your cell provider for International plans and costs. The Internet is available at many hotels, restaurants, bars and stores.

Water Quality

Most restaurants and bars in tourist locations use purified water. Outside of resorts, be cautious with ice in drinks or vegetables which may have been washed in tap water. Bottled water is available for purchase and is recommended for drinking and brushing your teeth.

Language & Currency

Spanish is the official language but English is widely spoken.

The Mexican peso is the official currency of Cozumel (MXN). Due to new regulations, merchants and businesses can no longer change U.S. Dollars for Pesos. That must be done at a currency exchange office. U.S. credit cards are widely accepted. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

Mexico spans four different time zones. February 1, 2015, the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cozumel, changed to Eastern Standard Time Zone (Zona Sureste). They do not observe daylight savings time, which puts them 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Cozumel is Mexico's largest island, sitting just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is approximately 250 square miles. Cozumel is 43 miles south of Cancún and 12 miles southeast of Playa del Carmen. Ferries take passengers between Playa del Carmen on the mainland side to Cozumel island in about 1/2 an hour. Cozumel measures 28 miles long & 10 miles wide.

The population of Cozumel is estimated at 100,000.