Day trips from Playa del Carmen villas to Cozumel Island offer everything from bike tours to archaeological adventures to ecotourism activities. Begin your day trip by taking one of the water taxis from your villa to Cozumel Island, where your adventure awaits.
See Some Mayan Ruins
The largest Mayan ruins on Cozumel Island are at San Gervacio. There you will find stone structures, walking paths and pools of water. You can request a guided tour or you can take your time and experience it on your own. Dating from 200 A.D. to the 16th century, the ruins are inhabited by a variety of iguanas such as large colorful orange, green and gray. Craft and snack shops, as well as several open air restaurants provide refreshments and souvenirs. San Gervacio is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children under 8 are free and for everyone else it is $5.50 per person.
The oldest settlement (and at one time the largest) on Cozumel Island is El Cedral. Mayan ruins in El Cedral consist of a temple and other stone structures. Located inland of the southern beaches, El Cedral is in the center of a small village with craft shops and open air snack shops. El Cedral is open daily and admission is free.
Ecotourism for Everyone
Chankanaab National Marine Park is located on the southern side of Cozumel Island and with lots to do and see, you should plan to spend the entire day. Take advantage of the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, take a dolphin ride and even get a dolphin kiss! Be entertained by the Sea Lion show. The Lagoon at Chankanaab is spectacular with its coral and limestone formations. The lagoon is also home to several species of iguanas. Closed to swimmers, the protected ecosystem is impressive. Chankanaab is credited with having some of the best snorkeling on the island. You can rent everything you need from the park. With several open air restaurants and snack shops, this is the perfect place to spend the day on Cozumel Island. Chankanaab is open daily. Admission for ages 12 and up is $10 per person and $5 for ages 3 to 11. Children under 3 are free.
Also on the south side of the island is Punta Sur Ecological Reserve, a protected ecosystem reserve. The natural landscapes include a lagoon, jungle and marine coastline. The Colombian lagoon and mangrove jungle reveals an excellent ecosystem environment. The coastal marine environment offers white sand beaches, clear waters and reef formations that are home to a variety of colorful fish. Take advantage of the many different transportation options the park offers such as kayaks, bicycles and catamaran tours to make the most of your day at Punta Sur Ecological Reserve. Eat lunch at one of the snack bars and don't forget to tour the museum and lighthouse while you're there. Open daily, admission is $10 per person.
Whether you spend the day exploring the ruins or experiencing nature, your day trip to Cozumel Island is sure to be memorable. If you are still planning your trip to Mexico, find the perfect rental from our selection of Playa del Carmen villas at VacationHomes.com. There, you can sort by price, amenities or location.