|Explore Cozumel, Mexico|
Explore Cozumel, Mexico
A Caribbean island perched atop a coral reef. Cruises to Cozumel, Mexico, dock at the island’s heart—just minutes from San Miguel’s seafront shops and the white sand beach at Chankanaab National Park. Drift among star corals and sea fans on a Cozumel diving excursion or simply kick back on the beach beneath your own palm palapa as the turquoise waves roll in.
Scuba divers are spoiled for choice on cruises to Cozumel, Mexico, with a dozen dramatic dives from the Palancar Canyon to the Santa Rosa wall. But a dive in the deep is not the only way to get your feet wet. Swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris, paddle in clear kayaks, snorkel coral reefs or enjoy Cozumel’s miles of beaches.
Within Walking Distance
The only town on Cozumel, Mexico, is seaside San Miguel, which is easy to explore by foot. Avenida Rafael Melgar, the waterfront street, is lined with shops selling fine Mexican silver jewelry and hand-painted pottery. Pop into the Museo de la Isla de Cozumel for a quick overview of Cozumel’s history, from the Maya settlements and the arrival of the Spanish to the present day. The rooftop Restaurant del Museo is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch of smothered enchiladas, stuffed quesadillas and fresh guacamole. The views of the blue Caribbean beyond are a bonus.
Beyond the Port Area
Carnival cruises to Cozumel, Mexico dock near Chankanaab National Park, a seaside playground with a cove for snorkeling among soft corals and palapa huts for lounging on the beach. The park offers the chance to swim with and learn about dolphins, some of the smartest creatures in the sea. Make sure that you don’t leave your Cozumel cruise without getting a dolphin kiss.
Protected from the open ocean by the coral reef, Cozumel’s western beaches have shallow water and gentle waves—which makes them perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Several palm-shaded beach clubs here have simple restaurants serving up fresh fish tacos.
Diving in Cozumel
Whether you’re a novice or advanced diver, Cozumel has some of the world’s finest scuba diving sites. Take the plunge during your Cozumel, Mexico cruise and scuba dive 20 miles of coral mountain range along the Great Mesoamerican Reef. You’ll drift past sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, barracuda, hammerhead sharks, and tropical fish of every color in the neon rainbow. Dive masters can take you through passages in Palancar Reef and to the Santa Rosa rock wall, covered in soft corals and sea sponges.
The Mainland in Cozumel
Ferries to Playa del Carmen dock right off La Quinta, the town’s bustling promenade. You’ll have 20 beautiful blocks of curio shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and restaurants to enjoy. When the retail therapy wears off, you’re just one block from the popular central beach, lined with cafes in the sand. Playa’s northern beaches have white sands and serene turquoise waves.
Perched on a bluff above the Caribbean Sea, the Maya fortress at Tulum is an hour’s drive from Playa. It’s little wonder why the Maya used this dramatic site as a lookout point. Take a dip in the waters below for a unique perspective of the sun-bleached fort on the cliff above.