Cozumel Attractions

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Cozumel is a top dive destination in the Mexican Caribbean, but as much as many visitors would like to, they can't spend their entire trip exploring the reef systems that surround the island.  Back on land, this island enjoys a slow pace of life that promotes laid back exploration of local terrain.  Must-see attractions include a boardwalk speckled with monuments detailing important moments in history and a few small Mayan ruins. 


Paradise Beach

You will discover an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. You can click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

Santa Pilar: Located on the northern strip of San Miguel (North of the Cozumel International Airport), Santa Pilar is a long stretch of beach that features calm, shallow waters, perfect for swimming. The area is somewhat popular with tourists, particularly as you get closer to the hotels.

Another alternative to consider is Playa Corona. The layout of the beach is unique because there is barely any sand there at all. Instead, the waters are accessed by natural steps leading down a rocky embankment.

Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach is located just off Rafael E. Melgar.

Cozumel has a wider range of beaches. Make your way to this article if you want to learn some more facts.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Cozumel Reef National Park

Do you enjoy spending time under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the island has an interesting nature preserve on it.

Cozumel Reef National Park is a nature preserve located in San Miguel, Cozumel. Cozumel Reefs National Park was dubbed a protected area in 1996 and within its barriers are located 85 percent of the island's dive sites.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Cozumel
Name Type Location
Cozumel Reef National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.4 mi. West of Downtown San Miguel Cozumel


Even though most visitors are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is located in the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Cozumel.

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on Cozumel are displayed right below.

Land Formations On Cozumel
Name Type Location
Columbia Reef Reef 13.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel
Palancar Reef Reef 12.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel

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