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 a large selection of beaches to consider on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should find some appealing options. You can click on each beach name for more detail concerning that 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.

A second option worth considering 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: There is no denying it, Paradise Beach is a stunner. The water that washes ashore is a bright almost neon blue, but very quickly becomes topaz before settling into the deep-water navy blue.

The island offers several other beach choices. Visit this article if you're looking for some more facts.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Cozumel Reef National Park

Do you like being under the open sky? You might be happy to find out that the island has a nice nature preserve on it.

Cozumel Reef National Park is a nature preserve found 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


Although most visitors to the area come for the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is situated in the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Cozumel.

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Cozumel are displayed in the following table.

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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