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 number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of 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 fits your preferences. Click on each beach name to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.

Santa Pilar: The coastline of Santa Pilar consists of rocky shores with little sand. Although all beaches in Mexico are public, certain parts of the beach may be difficult to visit, as they have been blocked off by retaining walls built by hotels.

Another location 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.

Luckily, you'll find a wide range of beaches to choose from on the island. Readers can obtain more information by following this link.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Cozumel Reef National Park

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to find out that the island has a popular nature preserve on it.

Cozumel Reef National Park is a great 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 to the area come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is found in the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Cozumel.

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Cozumel are shown 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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