Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve

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Banco Chinchorro, the largest reef in Mexico and the third largest in the world, is a popular spot for diving the waters of the Mexican Caribbean.

Banco Chinchorro is popular not just for being one of the largest reef structures in the world, but because it is the home of several species of black coral, and there are a handful of sunken ships within the property, some of which can be seen from the surface.

Several sought after species of animals live within the reserve, including 10 government protected reptiles.

One of the most mysterious offerings at Chinchorro is the collection of shipwrecks along the windward side of the banks. These include a German U-Boat, two Spanish Galleons, the SS Caldera, Escasell, Far Star, Ginger Screw, Glen View, Penelopez, Andreas, and Tropic.


Situated in Quintana Roo, 25.5 miles east-southeast of Costa Maya, Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve happily welcomes residents and tourists who are rooming in this section of Mexico. Regardless of whether or not you are staying in this location, you are free to stop by to check it out. In case you're wondering, Xcalak is 39 and a half miles (63 and a half kilometers) to the south west.

The Chinchorro Bank takes about 90 minutes by boat from the south east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula to reach.

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Location: María del Carmen García Rivas, Quintana Roo, Mexico


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