Been To Akumal? Now Try These 5 Snorkeling Spots In Mexico

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5 Great, Must-See Snorkeling Destinations In Mexico (Other than Akumal) – Dive on in!

From green sea turtles to moray eels, anemones to manta rays, the waters off Mexico’s vast shoreline offer its visitors more than enough terrific snorkeling sites. Akumal is of course the best place to snorkel but you have few more choices in Mexico.

The best part about snorkeling is that it does not involve any specialized training or pricey equipment. With some basic swimming skills, you are qualified to begin your underwater adventure in one of these excellent Snorkeling Spots in Mexico:

Snorkeling In Cozumel, Mexico

The island of Cozumel is one of Mexico’s superior snorkeling destinations. Cozumel is globally renowned for its high-quality diving, and on many of its shallower dive sites, snorkelers can see plenty of corals and sea life from the surface because of its crystal-clear waters with a 100-foot visibility! 200 yards from west-central Cozumel, Paradise Reef is brimming with sea life, along with spotted moray eels and seahorses. The colorful corals of this 20-40 feet deep reef are intersected by sandy channels and surrounded by eelgrass. A good way to access it is on a boat snorkeling trip. The Cardona Reef, with a depth of 25-40 feet and mild currents, also makes for a superb snorkeling site. Adorned with big coral heads and interjected by rock and coral overhangs, this reef is a haven for snapper, glasseye and cardinal fish. Another popular snorkeling site in Cozumel is Dzul Ha, which is 10-15 feet deep. The area is inhabited by lots of lobsters and crabs, along with camouflaged sand rays, flounder, and parrot fish.

Snorkeling In Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Located eight miles off the coast from Cancun, the island of Isla Mujeres offers snorkelers a rainbow of Caribbean sea life and corals, as well as an occasional lucky chance to see some of the largest fish in the sea. The reefs off Isla Mujeres are packed with a diversity of marine life, such as moray eels, schools of blue tang, angelfish, crabs, snapper and amberjack. In Isla Mujeres, visitors can also snorkel with the whale sharks. Between June and September each year, whale sharks and manta rays migrate into the waters off Isla Mujeres. These colossal sea creatures come to the area to feed on plankton and fish eggs, and hence are calm and safe to snorkel with. Built opposite the prime tract of the island’s coral reef, the Garrafon Reef Park is the centre for shore snorkeling in Isla Mujeres. Visitors can also opt for snorkeling boat tours to visit sites that are difficult to reach from the shore, such as Los Manchones and El Farito. Another snorkeling attraction in Isla Mujeres is the Underwater Museum of Art. Note Of Warning: The bull shark is also sometimes spotted in the waters of Isla Mujeres. This aggressive creature is a known to be a man-eater, so snorkelers should move out of the water if they see an 8- to 10-foot long shark with a blunt snout.

Snorkeling In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta’s beaches and offshore islands feature the clear waters and marine life that make for some exciting snorkeling sites. Shore snorkeling sites are accessible to independent snorkelers and do not require joining a tour. Majahuitas is a covered cove with a beach, which can be accessed by land. But some of the best snorkeling sites in Puerto Vallarta can be found around the islands in the Bay of Banderas, as the reefs here are overflowing with marine life such as puffer fish, damsels, noisy parrotfish, plus lobsters and octopi hiding in the corners, holes and gaps which are lined by corals. Snorkelers will also see soaring eagle rays and mysterious sea turtles and might even have a close encounter with dolphins. The lucky ones may even be able to spot a humpback whale. Playa El Anclote, on the north end of the Bay of Banderas, is a popular snorkeling beach.

Snorkeling In Manzanillo, Mexico

Situated along the Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo is a port city in the Mexican state of Colima. Most of the distinguished scuba diving locations that Manzanillo is noted for also make excellent places to snorkel. From healthy hard-coral reefs and warm water marine life in the sheltered waters of Santiago Bay, to alluring wild creatures making merry in the warm water of Elephant Rock, Manzanillo always has something exciting to offer to even the most experienced snorkelers. Tourists throng to the three primary beach zones of the area – Playa Salagua, Playa Azul and Playa las Brisas. The beaches on the nearest bay alongside to downtown Manzanillo also have ideal conditions for snorkeling.

Snorkeling In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is regarded as the snorkeling, scuba diving and sport-fishing capital of the world. The neighboring waters of the Sea of Cortez have plenty to offer, including, underwater canyons, the only living coral reef in western North America, a submerged ship, and an array of marine life like sharks, swordfish, manta rays and around 350 other sea creatures. Bahia Santa Maria, located in a horseshoe-shaped cove, is quite a popular snorkeling site. Santa Maria Bay, a natural marine park, is also a superb site and snorkelers will be able to see the famous Los Cabos Arch, Lover’s Beach and the various rock formations. The open-style catamarans render a solid and unruffled sailing experience on the Bay of San Lucas.

Mexico Is The Most Popular Destination For Americans

Mexico has become the most popular international destination for U.S. tourists. This doesn’t come as a surprise to us here in Mexico and we now have the official proof. the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Office said in a report that 15.2 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2013 against 14.9 million in 2012.

The more promising news is that people traveling to Mexico makes for 32% of all international tourists from US. Canada was the distant second at 21%.

Another report from the Banco de México, the Mexico’s central bank, said that tourists to Mexico between January and October 2013 spent $11 million, 8.6 percent more than in 2012. The report predicted that the entire spend for 2013 would exceed the historic high in 2008.

Sectur reported that hotel occupations during 2013 increased by 5.6 % compared to 2012, as well as total private investment in the tourism industry of 112 billion pesos ($8.6 billion).

There were 19 new airline routes created last year, 13 domestic and six international, with a 10.7 percent increase in international flights.

A report carried out by CNET and the Anáhuac México-Norte University discovered that there was an 8.4% increase in international travel into the country during the first eight months of 2013. The biggest increases were travelers from Colombia (58.4 percent), the U.K. (18 percent), the U.S (8.9 percent), Brazil (5.4 percent) and Argentina (4.9 percent).

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Usage of traveler’s cheques in Akumal

Tourists generally don’t prefer travelling with much cash these days. Having a lot of cash always attracts unwanted trouble. Also it is like a burden because one has to remain alert all the time. It makes it difficult for tourists to relax as they have to keep a watch on their money. Modern inventions like cheques and ATM’s have eased the tourists from these hassles. However it is to be remembered that technologies turn obsolete in no time. Hence it is best to be upgraded and be informed all the time.

One tourist wants to know whether traveler’s cheque is acceptable while traveling to Akumal. To answer him fellow travelers voiced their experience on the travel site, tripadvisor. They stated the following:

  • Traveler cheques were in use previously but now it is not easy to get it exchanged even in banks.
  • In case some resorts or hotels still uses them, one should check beforehand.
  • The ATM’s of the region can be used seamlessly.
  • US dollars are accepted in the tourist zones only.
  • It is best to carry pesos to save one from any kind of hassle.

Video: Snorkeling in Akumal

Akumal is a paradise for snorkeling lovers. Wide range of aquatic life and pristine waters make it one of the best snorkeling destination in the world.

Here is a fascinating video of Akumal snorkel.