15 Beautiful Snorkeling Spots in Cancun, Mexico

1. Francisco I. Madero Reef

As a result, the reef and all its inhabitants – Queen Conch, brain coral, sea cucumbers, you name it – are in pristine condition.  

2. Xcaret Park

Of course, no visit to Xcaret Park would be complete without snorkeling in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

3. Cenote Cristalino

With an ethereal quality that’s almost impossible to put into words, the main drawcard at Cenote Cristalino is the diversity of activities.

4. Cenote Azul

Translating to ‘Blue Cenote’, Cenote Azul is unsurprisingly a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and general merriment. 

5. Cenote Jardin Del Eden

Azul, Cristalino, and Kantun Chi, so you can certainly make a full day of it by checking out a couple back to back!

6. Playa Xpu-Ha

Add to that the fact that its soft white sands contrast brilliantly with the bright blue waters and you have a recipe for perfection. 

7. Yal-Kú Lagoon

If you’re already in Akumal, the lagoon is a pleasant 25-minute stroll across the backstreets of Half Moon Bay. 

8. Playa Akumal

The centerpiece of Akumal, with its turtle-frequented shoreline and soft sands, Playa Akumal is unsurprisingly a hot topic among nature and animal-loving travelers. 

9. Aktun Chen

Aktun Chen is located about 35 minutes drive south from Playa del Carmen (or an hour and 40 minutes from Cancun).

10. Xel-Ha Park

With all the food and drinks you could ever want included in the admission price, it makes for an excellent all-inclusive day trip from Cancun! 

11. Cenote Dos Ojo

Don’t want to organize your own trip? Fortunately for us, day trips can be booked from Cancun. 

12. Great Cenote (Gran Cenote)

Combine your visit with a stop at nearby Coba – an ancient Maya city boasting towering pyramids that you can still climb today 

13. Cenote Calavera

Certainly not the first place that comes to mind when most people research snorkeling in Cancun.

14. Playa Paraiso

Straddling the shores of the Caribbean Sea, a name like Playa Paraiso – Paradise Beach – paints a certain mental image. 

15. Sian Ka’An

Choose from a bounty of guided tours available that will take you through the reserve’s highlights.

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