Chankanaab National Park
- Type: Beaches, Recreation, Sports
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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This outdoor park holds diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, a relaxing beach, nature trails and generally pleasant grounds idyllic for both exploring and relaxation. More experienced divers may want to charter their own tour and head off the island, but Chankanaab is also a fine alternative for families with small children and amateurs seeking to improve their diving skills.
Recent visitors rave about the park and especially its diving opportunities. According to one TripAdvisor user, "If you are limited on time, this place has it all. Some of the best snorkeling I have ever done."
The admission price includes dolphin and sea lion shows as well as beach access. For the best spot on the beach, get there early and nab a spot under a palapa (thatched shelter). However, one TripAdvisor traveler warned that the "entrance to the water is a bit dicey because you go down rock steps into the ocean, where waves wash against you. For a healthy person, even a medium sized kid, it was not a problem, but it might be for some."
Chankanaab is open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21 USD for adults and $14 USD for children ages three to 11. The park is a quick taxi drive south of San Miguel. For more information, visit the Cozumel Parks website.