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From journal Western Caribbean Cruise via Princess Cruises
March 20, 2006
From journal Rick's Guide to New Year's in Cozumel
April 30, 2005
Chankanaab is quite a large park with lots of coastline, palapas and a host of very non-ergonomic beach chairs. There is a lagoon with a walking path around it and lots of lizards and iguanas soaking up the sun. There is also a nature walk which weaves in and out around labeled native foliage and is interspersed with numerous replicas of ancient Mayan sculptures.
The shoreline is defined by a rocky ledge, and here and there is access to the water. Chankanaab is the best place for snorkeling with a great variety of colorful coral and an equally bountiful selection of vividly colored fish. The water was warm enough to stay in for hours.
For those with small children, there was an inlet with a sandy beach and very calm water. Several meters from shore in that area was a large rock, which the pelicans had a fondness for.
There were two restaurants where one could purchase food and I heard from others that it was reasonably priced and acceptable to the palate. There were two washroom/changing facilities and lockers were available to rent.
From journal Western Caribbean on the Zaandam
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
March 18, 2005
From journal A Week in Cozumel at the Melia Cozumel
July 4, 2004
After entering the park, well marked paths lead to the snorkeling lagoon. Snorkel gear rental is available with choices of mask & tube, flippers, and life jacket. Rental of all this equipment is approximately $10.
It is not necessary to take a boat to the snorkeling area. You simply walk into the water directly from the beach area. The water is very calm, making it easy for novice snorkelers. There is a variety of beautiful fish, coral, and plants. What I found the most interesting was you can be snorkeling along and the bottom of the lagoon is only a few feet down, then suddenly you are at an area where you cannot even see the bottom.
The beach area has an abundance of chairs in which to relax. There is a small bar with drinks. Farther away from the snorkeling area is a restaurant, and a swim with the dolphins activity.
This is a beautiful, relaxing area at which to spend a day. To reach the park: take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (approximately $14 round trip); upon arrival at San Miquel on Cozumel, take a cab to the park (approximately $20 round trip); park entrance is approximately $10. Depending on the number of persons in your party, it is possibly less expensive to take a snorkeling tour offered by the MANY tour companies. However, by going to Chankanaab independently, you are not limited to the amount of time you have to spend and you have an opportunity to do things other than snorkel.
From journal The Mayan Riviera
by LAC in STL
St. Louis, Missouri
December 1, 2002
We took the scooter south about 10 minutes, so less than three miles, I'm sure. Tours do this as a bike ride in a half hour, too. We found a secluded spot at the south end of the property at the mouth of one of the underground river caves and "dropped" to snorkel - cold, cold, till "riverwater meets oceanwater" a few yards out (strong current out, too). There's a nice variety of fish and no 'contrived" setting so that you see some places.
Dolphin "experience" is the money maker at $75 to $150 per person depending on what you want. Call in advance to book this. We swam around the dolphin area hoping for a glimpse, but all "curtained" off from the general public. People are nice and helpful.
Chankanaab also was our pick for souveniers - decent prices, no pressure. Felt safe at all times everywhere we were on this island, all day, walking or driving.
From journal I know you're afraid to Cruise, but . . .
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
November 8, 2004
This is definitely the place where you want to bring your kids and have a GREAT time -- swimming with a sea lion was an absolutely amazing time! But there is more -- take a look at my next journal...
From journal Cozumel, a gorgeous spot in the Mexican Riviera
Besides all of the beautiful fish, there is a Spanish cannon, a Mayan sculpture, and some other things that you will want to see in the deepest part of the sea.