Chankanaab National Park

#7 in Best Things To Do in Cozumel
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Key Info

Carretera Costera Sur Km. 9, zona Hotelera sur

Price & Hours

$21 for adults; $14 for kids
Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-4p.m.

Details

Beaches, Recreation, Sports Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Chankanaab is a Mayan term that means "small sea," and the outdoor park is named for its coastal cenote, which features diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, and a relaxing beach. There's also opportunities for zip lining and touring a tequila factory, along with gardens, nature trails and picturesque grounds for both exploring and relaxing. There's even a spa located on the premises. 

Recent visitors raved about the park's diving opportunities and agree that it is the perfect place to bring families and groups, as there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Some reviewers noted it was a touristy experience with an inflated price tag, but most agreed it was a fun experience. 

It does cost money to get into the park, but the admission price includes dolphin and sea lion shows, as well as beach access. Admission costs $21 for adults and $14 for children ages 4 to 12. For the best spot on the beach, get there early and nab a spot under a palapa (thatched shelter). Chankanaab is open to visitors Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is a quick taxi ride south of San Miguel and just about a 10-minute ride from the cruise ship terminal. To learn more about its facilities, visit the Cozumel Parks website.

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#1 Cozumel Boat Tours

No trip to Cozumel is complete without a boat ride (or two) around the island's magnificently blue waters. Whether you hop on board to scuba dive through some of Cozumel's magnificent reefs or to simply take in the scenery during a sunset sail, most travelers agree that chartering a boat is worth the time and money. 

One of top traveler-approved tour operators is ScubaTony Cozumel, which specializes in taking small groups on scuba diving trips in the reefs around Cozumel. These start at $90 per person for a four-to five-hour round-trip boat trip. The fee includes fresh fruit and drinks, along with marine park taxes and fees. Rental gear costs extra. Recent visitors described their experiences with ScubaTony with words like "perfect," "flawless" and "sublime." 

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