Top 10 Things To Do And See In Cozumel, Mexico

Photo of Rich Francis
9 February 2017

Cozumel, Mexico, draws visitors from all over the world to its crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, but there is so much more to do in paradise than just admire the beaches. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or looking for a more laid-back experience, there is a unique opportunity for people of all ages on this isle.

Cozumel Mexico | © Corey Balazowich/Flickr

Swim with the stingrays at Stingray Beach

Dive deep into the Caribbean waters to get up close and personal with some beautiful creatures. A friendly and informative staff educates all visitors on stingrays and their habits before allowing them to get into the water. Swim beside them, touch them and admire them in their natural habitat in shallow waters. Take a Cozumel vacation to another level with this cool and interactive experience.

Stingray Beach, Carretera Costera Sur s/n Km. 2.8, Centro, Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico, +52 987 872 4932

Relax by Palancar Beach

When visiting Cozumel, hitting the beach is a must. So, why not visit one of the most beautiful ones on the Island of Swallows” Playa Palancar is located just a few miles south of the city of San Miguel. Whether tourists are looking for more athletic endeavors such as water skiing or snorkeling, or they want to grab a bite at a local joint, it is all in one place at this strip of white sand. Another big feature is the reef located just off the shore; a beacon for divers and snorkelers.

Palancar Beach, Km 19.5 Carretera Sur Coast, Cozumel, Q. Roo, Mexico

El Cielo

Venture out to visit the secluded location known as El Cielo. One of Cozumel’s best secrets, El Cielo offers beautiful views. A mile from the shoreline, the crystal clear waters here are soothing to swim in and gaze at. Tourists can take a boat to the location. Tours typically include a few hours relaxing and then drinks on the boat to round up the excursion.

El Cielo, Cozumel, México., Quintana Roo, Mexico

Tour San Gervasio Ruins

Travel back in time to visit the sanctuary built for goddess Ixchel, deity of fertility. Throughout history, it has been a pilgrimage destination for women around the country, all eager to pass through the graceful arch that was erected on the main road to welcome guests from all walks of life who came to worship and ask for healthy offspring here. Make sure to stop by the Temple of Hands while visiting, where mysterious red hand prints have been left on the walls.

San Gervasio Ruins, Carretera Transversal Kilómetro 7.5, Centro, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico, +52 987 872 0093

Plunge into the Clear Lounge Underwater Oxygen Bar

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Enrich your senses in a 20-minute underwater session where guests are supplied with endless oxygen. Visitors are submerged in a tank where they play Jenga, blow bubbles and write messages all while breathing oxygen in the water. Friends and family will watch from the “dry zone” as customers undergo a truly surreal experience that’s like no other on the island.

Dive deep at Dolphinaris

Get wet and wild with the Cozumel dolphins at Dolphinaris. A destination dedicated solely to these docile and formidably intelligent creatures, Dolphinaris is a haven for underwater mammals. With state-of-the-art facilities, personal classes and experienced trainers, every detail about this sanctuary is well thought out. Visitors have nothing to worry about except getting into the water to enjoy a pleasant swim with these elegant and fantastic animals.

Dolphinaris, Rafael E. Melgar Ave. Zona 2, Km.1.5 17th Street y 19 South., Gonzalo Guerrero, Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico, +52 987 872 9060

Enjoy an evening with the pirates

Get ready to face the pirates of Cozumel in a dinner excursion. A mere $85 for a three hour long meal and travelers can gain first hand interaction with pirates led by the famous Jean LaFitte, captain of the Spanish Galleon. While guests encounter sword fights and duels, they can also indulge at an open bar, feast on dinner, groove to live music, or engage in a variety of other swashbuckling activities. Full of action, this is a night that will never be forgotten.

La Canalla, Juárez 93, Centro, Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

Hacienda Antigua Tequila Tour

Join this tour to learn all about the other side of the famous Mexican drink, tequila. Experts will explain how the drink is derived from spiky plants through a process that involves fermentation and distillation. They will discuss the history of tequila and why Mexico has risen to become known as the world’s finest producer. Each tour costs $14 and is complimented by a free drink and tasting session.

Hacienda Antigua, Transversal Kilómetro 9.8, Cozumel Centro, Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico, +52 987 869 4677

Drop by the Cozumel Market

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Immerse yourself in the culture of the local cities by visiting one of the local markets. Municipal Market, or the Mercado Municipal, is a mishmash of goods, flavors, smells and sights, where generous vendors are always flashing smiles at travelers and customers. Whether it is vegetables, tortilla dough, meat or fish, visitors will find a wide variety of edible items and produce to explore, see and learn about.

Stand in awe of El Castillo Real

At the end of a long and winding road stands the large facade of El Castillo Real, The Royal Castle. Mayan ruins that have become the site of many archaeological finds, the location is surrounded by watchtowers that were once used by warriors thousands of years ago. The structure used to tower over civilizations on the Yucatan peninsula, exerting its political reach and military might right across to the mainland.

El Castillo Real, Carretera Costera Norte, Cozumel, Mexico

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