While your cruise ship is in port in Cozumel, Mexico, there are dozens of sports adventure activities to enjoy – in the water; on the water; and, on the land.
See our article on the Best Things to Do in Cozumel, Mexico on a cruise here.
In the Water
In the Caribbean, you can find just as much beauty under the water as above it. The most pixel-rich images online pale in comparison to real views of a coral reef. Cozumel is a world-class location; on the bucket list for many a dive enthusiast. Consider scuba or snorkeling, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
SCUBA – For a visit with larger marine life (think sea turtles, rays, barracuda), caves, and 90-foot heights, visit the Colombia Wall. For a deeper dive amongst gigantic sponges and swim-through tunnels, go to the Santa Rosa Wall. For divers who are just honing their skills, Paradise Beach and Palancar Reef would be suitable and equally stunning locations.
Snorkeling – The top beginner snorkeling location in Cozumel is Chankanaab National Park lagoon. This natural cove is gin-clear to bottom (approx. 20 feet). For the gentler currents, stay on the southern shore from the south side of San Miquel to Chankanaab. For ease of access, stay around the Snorkel Center waters. Be advised that the north end of the island has strong currents (going out to sea), and only advanced swimmers should snorkel at those locations.
On the Water
Paddle Boarding – Standing or kneeling on a floating board offers fantastic views across and through the pristine waters of Cozumel. It’s easy to learn; a good workout; and a fun favorite for the family (12 years old and up).
Jet Skiing – This offers independent ‘touring’ of the waters around Cozumel. Ride single or with someone else and feel the thrill of speed, sun, wind and spray. Remember the sunscreen!
Parasailing – Want to see the island from a bird’s eye view? Single and double parasailing is a thrilling combination of speed and flight. No skills are required, and the world looks amazing from 600 feet up!
Fishing – If your port of call time is lengthy (6-8 hours or more), go fishing. You can charter deep sea, bottom or fly fishing trips through your cruise line. There are all-day charters, as well as hourly trips offered by reputable businesses – and locals always know the best fishing spots.
These sports adventures can be found around the island. Remember to book ahead when possible.
On the Land
Off-roading – Dune buggy, ATV, and Jeep adventures get you up close and personal with the landscape. Popular locations include the jungle trail to Jade Cavern where you can swim in a cenote and view stalactites; a dune buggy off-road trail to San Gervasio Park to see Mayan ruins; and, customizable tours with hikes in the national parks, swimming, and even a stop at the tequila factory!
Be sure to follow all driving laws and respect the rules for where to adventure off the beaten path. Nothing kills a great vacation quicker than a brush with authorities.
These fun sports things to do in Cozumel while on your cruise only scratch the surface. There are tons more adventure activities (think zipline, cave diving, motorcycle trails, horseback riding, and others).
Even more good news! You can schedule a combination of these activities to make the most of your time at this fun-filled port of call. For example, you could put together a Jeep/snorkel/picnic adventure. There are local excursion and tour companies that work directly with cruise lines to plan your exact Cozumel shore excursion. The benefits are ease of booking, trusted reputations, and confident scheduling – you don’t really want to be left in port because your guides/instructors had no concern about your ship’s departure time.
These adventures are best planned ahead of time to avoid the lines, waiting, and mix-ups of last minute schedules. For each fun sports activity you need only bring your spirit of adventure, since all equipment will be included.
Angela is a professional freelance travel writer and published indie author – AngelaMinor.com