Punta Sur, Cozumel

Punta Sur Eco-Park was high up on our list of places we wanted to visit first when we started planning our Cozumel adventures. Punta Sur, as you might expect, is located at the southernmost point of the island and is definitely one of the most beautiful places we have visited so far. It is part of the Parque Punta Sur, a protected area which includes the beaches, a lagoon (home to birds and crocodiles), the surrounding jungle and a reef located just off the shore. If you are visiting Cozumel, this has to be a part of your experience.

Entrance to the park (for non-Mexicans) is 260 pesos, and it is money well spent. It gives you access to all the activities located on the point. We traveled here last weekend with a group of friends for Norma’s birthday and it was an absolutely amazing way to spend the afternoon. Along with the natural beauty of the park, there is a lighthouse, a really well maintained Mayan Ruin, and a viewing tower to get a birds-eye view of the lagoon. Most importantly, we came here because it was recommended as one of the best beaches on the island.

The white sand beach stretches in a semi-circle and was mostly empty of other people; the water contains more shades of blue than a box of crayons. We found ourselves a set of hammocks on the beach at the snack bar and set up our home base for the afternoon, eating homemade guacamole and fresh fruit, and sipping some adult beverages.

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Map of Cozumel.

For us, the most amazing experience of the afternoon, was when we got into the water and went out to explore the reef. It was mandatory to wear a life jacket (which they give out for free use) and after being in the water for well over an hour, it’s easy to see why. This is not recommended for weak swimmers, as the reef is a good distance away and has a current that will slowly pull you along the coast. There is a lifeguard on duty, so if you’re on the fence, it’s worth taking a chance.

The water here is crystal clear and allows for some amazing visibility. The Chunchacab Reef is part of the greater “Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park”, and was one of the most spectacular underwater places we have ever been. It was like swimming in an aquarium, and the aforementioned current pulls you along slowly while you view the underwater world. We would go back just to get back into the water and see this again.

The highlight of the day was definitely the snorkeling, and we are excited to show you a video of this experience soon. As for now, please enjoy some of our favourite SLR pictures from our afternoon at Punta Sur – even if they only scratch the surface (pun intended).

Punta Sur Eco-Park (Cozumel):

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Punta Sur, Chunchacab Beach. 2018.

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Punta Celarain Lighthouse. 2018.

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Beach Chairs. 2018.

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The Beach is that way. 2018.

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Lagoon from Above. 2018.

 

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The Perfect Spot: The beach was beautiful and the water was crystal blue. 2018

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One of the residents of the lagoon, this Crocodile had some pretty sharp teeth. 2018

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Lagoon. 2018.

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El Caracol Mayan Ruin. 2018.

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The Viewing Platform. 2018.

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Deserted Beach at Punta Sur. 2018.

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Temple on top of a temple. 2018.

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Beachfront at Punta Sur. 2018.

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Laguna Chunchacab. 2018.

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Crocodile nose. 2018.

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Mayan Ruins with crystal blue water in the background. 2018.

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Life is good. 2018.

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