Things to Do on a Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is known for its vibrant reefs, which visitors can see while snorkeling or scuba diving.
Cozumel is known for its vibrant reefs, which visitors can see while snorkeling or scuba diving. (Image: Cozumel coral reef image by aurorapoint from

Caribbean cruises often dock in the tropical city of Cozumel, Mexico, where sandy beaches with sparkling blue waters await passengers. Cozumel is located off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean and offers plenty of shore excursions on the majority of cruise ships. Activities range from sightseeing activities to water sports and city explorations galore, no matter which port cruise ships dock at (Punta Langosta, Puerto Maya or International Pier are the three main ports), making things to do on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico a challenge to fit into one day of excitement.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Cozumel is known for its vibrant coral reefs, and scuba divers can explore the tropical sea creatures at the bottom of the ocean with day trips to Cozumel’s reefs. The Palancar Reef is perhaps the most famous off the shore of Cozumel, though scuba divers also explore the San Francisco Reef, which is shallow enough for snorkelers to enjoy. Snorkeling tours are also popular day trip options for docked cruise passengers, and there are several coral reefs for snorkelers to enjoy.

Guided Beach Tour of Beaches and Jungle

Cruise ship passengers in Cozumel can explore the city’s lush tropical landscape on a guided Jeep tour, which takes visitors through the jungle and across ancient Mayan ruins dating back to 1200 A.D. On select guided beach tours, patrons also get the chance to snorkel some of Cozumel’s reefs, and the tours are truly a chance for visitors to go off the beaten path of this tropical paradise.

All-Inclusive Beach Activities

Cozumel’s main draw is its long stretch of sandy beaches, and cruise ship passengers can opt for a lazy-day excursion and spend the day at an all-inclusive beach, where food, drink, beach chairs and hammocks are all included for one fee. Guests can sip on bottled water, beer, tequila or piña coladas and rent water “toys,” such as banana boats or wave runners and spend the day lounging around the Mexican beach.

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