If you don’t want to sunbathe on one of the island’s gorgeous beaches, Cozumel in Mexico is the perfect place to explore a tropical island. In fact, for a rather small island there are lots of things to do in Cozumel. You can take interesting excursions, explore the island and learn about culture and tradition in a breathtaking environment. We have researches the best excursions in Cozumel for you.

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1. Snorkel or dive in Cozumel

The island is the paradise par excellence for snorkeling. But if you want to know how the wind blows, you should not miss extensive dives. The breathtaking coral reefs near Cozumel a known in the whole world since the times of Jaques Cousteau. For beginners, good courses and the assessment for diving certificate are offered. It is just a small step to start your big underwater adventure.

In Chankanaab Park, by the way, a diving tour is offered, which you can enjoy even without a diving certificate. Or you can relax on one of the beautiful beaches of Cozumel with delicious food, open bar and snorkelling.

Excursions in Cozumel, Mexico - Underwater World

2. Enjoy the lagoon of Chankanaab

Also, a visit to the Chankanaab Eco-Park is definitely worthwhile. The park is located on a lagoon with underwater caves where dolphins, manatees and sea turtles live.

In the park of Chankanaab you can also visit the events of Dolphin Discovery Tours, where you can swim with dolphins and manatees and admire the funny sea lions in action.

There is also a good restaurant in the park, you can enjoy flying with ziplines and a lot of other great activities around in the Caribbean sea.

There is also well-kept gastronomy in the park, ziplines for adrenaline junkies, adventure games for the whole family and lots of exciting activities around the Caribbean Sea. You can really have a good time there.

3. Visit the ruins of San Gervasio

A visit to the ruins of San Gervasio should also be on your agenda. In the days of the Maya, this place was the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel, who gave her blessing to the women and gave the island of Cozumel its name with her swallows.

The old name of this Mayan sanctuary is not known. However, the settlement dates back to the 4th century. In addition to many religious pilgrims, who often came from very distant parts of Mexico, the place was also visited by many merchants. The ruins of the old buildings as well as a cenote still bear witness to this time.

You can explore the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio on the island of Cozumel on your own. There is also a combined jeep tour,  which takes you not only to San Gervasio but also to the beach and lighthouse of Punta Sur and to the Chankanaab Eco-Park and a tequila tasting is available for you.

Cozumel Mayan Ruins - San Gervasio

4. Get in touch with chocolate in the Mayan Cacao Company

You should not miss a visit to the Mayan Cacao Company. In this traditional house, surrounded by cocoa plants, you will learn all about the production of chocolate and its significance for the Maya.

You can expect incredible taste experiences while trying different varieties of chocolate, and discover a museum of cocoa and chocolate.

If you would like to combine your chocolate experience with a visit to an theme park, you can also opt for a trip to Discover Mexico Park. There is an exciting event about chocolate, tequila and tacos. Enjoy!

5. Discover nature in Punta Sur

Punta Sur Nature Reserve is the largest protected area on the island of Cozumel. Lots of birds and crocodiles are living there, and from the lighthouse you have a wonderful view and can take unforgettable photos.

You can snorkel on the beach, and you can take excursions with a catamaran that will take you to Laguna Colombia to observe the large reptiles in their natural environment.

You can easily explore the Punta Sur of Cozumel on your own. But you can also have yourself pampered with snorkeling and delicious food on the beach during a guided jeep tour. This can be done either with a group, or as a very private tour.

Things to do in Cozumel, Mexico - Excursion to Punta Sur

6. Enjoy the city of San Miguel de Cozumel

A stroll through the city of San Miguel de Cozumel is always worthwhile. You can enjoy the typical ambience of the island, and shop souvenirs for your loved ones at home. If you wait until the cruise ships have left, you will also find quite cheap prices.

When visiting the Mercado Municpal de Cozumel market, you will not only find many traditional souvenirs, you can also taste traditional dishes from the region and discover life in Mexico on your own.

The people of Cozumel are very proud of their beautiful island and like to tell visitors about the history and life on the island. There are guided excursions, where you can discover all sights in a walking tour or on a tour by eBike. For those who like it exciting, a fun tour with scavenger hunt is also offered.

Excursions in Cozumel, Mexico - San Miguel de Cozumel Downtown

7. Try the spectacular restaurants of Cozumel

You can also taste yourself through a good selection of restaurants and revel in culinary delights. You’ll experience spectacular sunsets and then enjoy the nightlife of Cozumel with cocktails, beer or tequila.

And if you want to explore the path of your meal from the field to the table, you can do so on a trip to a real Mexican farm. Namely as part of an  exciting  Farm-to-Table Tour. Of course with delicious food.

8. Discover the underwater world in a submarine

Would you like to go sightseeing beneath the water without getting wet? This is quite easy in Cozumel. With the submarine Atlantis you can dive up to 30 meters deep into the Caribbean Sea during a trip. The incredible underwater world will leave unforgettable memories.

Cozumel Things to do - Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

9. Witness mexican traditions and the Mayan culture

In the Mayan ruins of El Cedral you can witness Mexican tradition. At the festival of the Día de la Santa Cruz from 29.From April to May 5, Mexican families gather here every year to celebrate their culture and traditions.

The festival is reminiscent of the 21 founding families who fled to the island during the Caste Wars of 1848. At this festival you can enjoy delicious food and admire traditional games and dances.

If you don’t make it to Cozumel for the Founder’s Festival, you can still get to know the culture of the Maya on the island. You can watch the famous Mayan ball game and ritual dances on a trip to a Maya and Mexican Fiesta and enjoy the delicious delicacies of the region.

Mayan Traditions
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10. Be part of the Ironman México

Since 2009, the Ironman México Triathlon has been held on Cozumel every year in November. For sports fans, this event is definitely a great experience.


Of course, there are many more exciting tours and activities available for your trip. Check out GetYourGuide for a great variety of offers, excellent service and good prices. Find the event that suits you best and read customer reviews. So you will not miss any of the great adventures of your choice!

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