Water Activities in Cozumel
Punta Sur Park
Punta Sur marks the southern point of Cozumel and is part of the Parque Punta Sur, a 247-acre ecological park that covers the reefs, beaches, lagoons, and low forest of the surrounding area where you can do some water activities.
Punta sur is known as well for his lighthouse, The Celarain lighthouse which sits on the Punta Sur promontory and is part of a nautical museum, you can climb up all the stairs and have a magnificent view of the island, over 100 ft from the ground, spectacular breathtaking views.
Just northeast of it is the Caracol, a Maya building erected during the post-classic period.
There is a persistent myth about this building, once is that the building functioned as a weather alarm, producing a whistle that would precede the arrival of a hurricane and the other idea that the building somehow functioned as a lighthouse or beacon used to send signals to the mainland, none of this is being confirmed by archaeologist but leaves you with the uncertainty of what was the purpose of the building.
Some of the sandy beaches are protected to allow hatching for sea turtles, beautiful sandy beaches as well as excellent snorkel at the end of the road.
Observation towers have been built at the Colombia lagoon to watch wildlife; one of the Jeep Tour stops is on these towers so you can see crocodiles and a variety of wild life in the park.
The dirt road area is accessible to off-road vehicles you can visit Punta Sur park
Devil’s Throat at Punta Sur
The Devil’s Throat is an underwater cave formation located in the national park of Punta Sur, in Cozumel. It starts at approximately 80 feet of depth and opens up at approximately 135 ft right at the edge of recreational dive limits.
The Devil’s Throat is considered a “must dive” experience by scuba divers visiting Cozumel. Yet, due to the depth and the fact that it is a cave, it is considered an advanced dive and can therefore be dangerous to inexperienced divers.
The name “Devil’s Throat” specifically refers to a narrow tunnel dropping through the red coral reef structure from about 100 feet to 125 feet. However, the entire formation is commonly referred to as The Devil’s Throat as well.
The formation also includes an underwater cave referred to as the Cathedral. This was known for its unusual cross-shaped sponge formation in the ceiling of the cave, with a shaft of light from one of the tunnels striking the cross from behind as if it were deliberately illuminated.
Diving the Devil’s Throat requires use of an underwater light, and it is recommended that divers not scissor kick because it stirs up sediment which heavily obscures visibility.
**Diving in Cozumel
Cozumel reefs are part of the send largest reef barrier in the world. They all belong to Cozumel Marine National Park, protected by the federal government since the year 1996.
The pristine and quality of the water makes the visibility amazing and the underwater world full of color and full of life makes you immerse on this magnificent world.
The park is most known for scuba diving and snorkeling. Popular dive sites include Columbia Reef, Devil’s Throat at Punta Sur, Maracaibo, Palancar Reef, Paradise Reef, Paso del Cedral, San Francisco, Yucab, and the shipwreck of the C-53 Felipe Xicoténcatl (intentionally sunk in June 2000 to form an artificial reef).
** Ferry Ride to Mainland
While you are in Cozumel you can also visit mainland Mexico, Playa del Carmen is located right in front of Cozumel, a 45 minutes ferry takes you to inland Mexico to discover the most trendy beach location of Mexico, Playa del Carmen. the ferry’s runs every hour. Downtown Cozumel ferry pier is the starting point, arriving to Playa del Carmen you will be in the fifth avenue
, a pedestrian street full with stores, restaurants, beach clubs, hotels, the most chic area of the Mexican Caribbean.
Discover the Mayan culture in the ruins of Tulum, a fantastic arqueological site next to the ocean with marvelous views of the Caribbean. Located on a strategic position the Mayas was the civilization that dominates all Yucatan peninsula.
Cozumel is one of the most spectacular sites to do snorkel, the shallow of the water, the marine life underneath the surface, the color of the fish, the brightness of the reef makes this activity a must do on your vacation.
There are many options to do snorkel, shore snorkel form a variety of beach clubs and restaurants with ocean front facilities or from a glass bottom boat, catamaran, or speed boats.
The reefs and the marine life are close to the shore than you can imagine.
Marvelous marine life is right next to your feet just entering the water
Cozumel is a very dynamic island, the tourism generates the mayor income for its inhabitants, cruise lines have made Cozumel a top destination due to his fantastic landscape, friendly people, specific location and more… first class hotels and resorts are also mayor destination for tourism, and we cannot forget about the marine life. Cozumel is one of the top destinations for diving around the world.
As Cozumel is one of the top beach, diving and cruise destinations in the world US Dollars are accepted all over the island, the local currency is the Mexican Peso, but US Dollars are accepted as well.