Tropical Island Fun: 10 Best Attractions near Cozumel's Cruise Ship Ports

The Mexican island of Cozumel, a popular cruise ship port, is a tropical paradise, complete with world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, ancient Mayan history, a charming town square, unique dining options (and the old favorites like Senor Frogs and the Hard Rock Cafe), plenty of shopping and endless attractions and activites for all ages.

Explore Cozumel's Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest coral barrier reef in the world, at Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. If what you really want is to spend the day lounging on a white sand beach with a drink in your hand, Nachi Cocom or Playa Palancar are two options. If you'd like to participate in various activities, try Chankanaab National Park or Paradise Beach Cozumel. Maybe you'd like to go ziplining, horseback riding, off-roading or participate in a paintball war. Ecoparque Cuzam offers all of these activities. See the "wild side" (named for the rocky shoreline and big waves) of the island during the Cozumel Bar Hop Tour, where you'll visit four of the best beach bars on Cozumel. Salsa and Salsa, Stingray Beach and Discover Mexico provide unique experiences that you'll never forget.

You'll want to make the most of your day on Cozumel, so try one of these ten unforgettable attractions, all of which are within 20 minutes of the cruise ship port.

Chankanaab National Park is located at km 9.5 of the coastal highway. This eco-park offers snorkeling, scuba diving and Snuba, a natural spa, swimming with dolphins or manatees, a sea lion show, tropical gardens, Mayan ruin replicas, a bird...  Read More

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with stingrays, here is your chance. After you're briefed on how to handle the marine creatures, you'll be able to pet, hold, kiss and feed them. The staff will take pictures of your encounter...  Read More

If you're tired of lying around on a lounge chair with a drink in your hand on the cruise ship deck and you're ready for a jungle adventure, Ecoparque Cuzam is the perfect place for you to spend the day. This ecopark, where you can ride horses,...  Read More

Playa Palancar is one of the few beaches on Cozumel with free access. Located at Kilometer 19.5 on the coastal highway, this beach offers free parking, a bar/restaurant, lounge chairs and sun umbrellas, changing rooms, bathrooms, an outdoor...  Read More

Paradise Beach is a lot of fun for the whole family, whether you want to relax or play all day. A 12 dollar fun pass will give you unlimited time with tons of fun activities including kayaks, snorkel gear, water trampolines, floating water mats,...  Read More

Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park
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Cozumel, a snorkel and dive mecca, is an island located approximately 11 miles off the coast of Playa del Carmen and is home to the second largest coral barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. In 1956, Mexican film...  Read More

The Cozumel Bar Hop Tour is five hours of tipsy tropical island fun. Guests travel on an air-conditioned party bus between rustic beach bars, all of which are located on Cozumel's eastern coast or "wild side", named for the rough shoreline and...  Read More

During this unique tour which takes place at a beach front resort, you will learn how to make six different kinds of authentic salsas. You'll then try your creations on quesadillas, taquitos and tortilla chips. Yum! You'll also learn how to make...  Read More

Discover Mexico is one of Cozumels newest parks. The goal here is to present Cozumel as just a part of a colorful, diverse country that is rich in tradition, culture and natural resources... Mexico! The park includes a Video Experience Room...  Read More

Nachi Cocom is a heavenly beach club located just a 15-20 minute taxi ride from the Cozumel cruise ports. This is the beach paradise you're been dreaming of... spend the day relaxing under an umbrella while being served cold tropical drinks and...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin