Attractions on Cozumel

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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 visit on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you should be able to find just the right beach. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that particular location.

Santa Pilar: Access to the beach is provide by a small road that connects to Rafael E. Melgar, the larger, two-lane highway.

A second location worth considering is Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach is located just off Rafael E. Melgar.

Playa Uvas: The waters of Playa Uvas begin as a clear topaz, and grow into aquamarine then navy colored as the water grows deeper. The sands are blindingly white and lined with beach chairs.

Luckily, the area is home to many other beaches to choose from on the island. You can find out more by clicking here.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Cozumel Reef National Park

Do you like being outdoors? You may be happy to find out that the island has a popular nature preserve on it.

Cozumel Reef National Park is a nature preserve found within 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


Although most travelers are drawn by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is found within the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Cozumel.

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Cozumel can be seen in the chart 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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