Punta Playa, Parque Punta Sur
Visit Cozumel – West Coast
Chankanaab National Park is less than 15 minutes south of San Miguel when you visit Cozumel. It gets its name from the small natural lagoon in the interior of the park. The lagoon is land locked, but is connected to the sea through two underwater caves. You can snorkel in the lagoon. The park has an admission fee for use of the beach, tropical gardens and Mayan ruin replicas. You can buy food and drinks, shop for souvenirs, snorkel, scuba or snuba dive. Chairs, palapas, lockers and restrooms are available for an extra fee. Try to avoid the days the cruise ships are in.
So many beaches on the West Coast – Playa Azul, Playa Casitas, Chankanaab, Playa Corona, San Francisco, Paradise Beach, Playa Mia, Mr. Sancho’s, Nachi Cocom Beach and Alberto’s Beach.
El Caracol, Mayan Ruin, Punta Sur Ecological Park
Visit Cozumel – Southern Tip
Parque Punta Sur – the park includes Faro Celerain Lighthouse, the very small Mayan ruin of El Caracol and a fabulous beach. The park offers restrooms, a restaurant, bike rentals, showers, snorkeling, beach activities and Columbia Lagoon with saltwater crocodiles.
Palancar Reef – a popular dive and snorkel location near the southern tip of the island. No motorized vehicles around and lots of beach.
El Cedral – a village on the southern tip of the island with picturesque thatch bungalows and gardens. The Festival of Cedral takes place here in April.
East Coast, Visit Cozumel
Visit Cozumel – East Coast
Wind, waves and locations such as Punta Chiqueros, Chen Rio, Punta Morena, Coconuts Cliffside Bar, Senor Iguana’s and finally Mezcalito’s. The east coast is uninhabited except for souvenir huts, bars and occasional accommodation. The shocking thing about the east coast is the accumulation of plastic waste spoiling its beautiful shores. Due do the currents of the Gulf Stream, Cozumel has become the dumping ground for all the discarded plastic in the Caribbean.
Visit Cozumel – Hotel Recommendations
- Suite at Residencias Reef
- Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa
- El Cozumeleño Beach Resort – All Inclusive