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Chankanaab National Park

Mayan ruins, Caribbean beaches, ancient health therapies and spectacular dining and diving; some of the best features of the Riviera Maya are at this island park.

Chankanaab National Park on the beachfront at Cozumel offers a selection of the best things the Riviera Maya has to offer. If you have limited time to explore the Riviera Maya, then Chankanaab is a good place to go as you will get to experience a little of everything. Chankanaab’s sheltered waters are popular with beginner snorkelers and divers, and the parks abundant attractions, from dolphin shows to ancient ruins, make it a hit with young families.

Begin your visit with a walk through the jungle, either on a free guided tour or by following the jungle paths on your own.

Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery by morning, and in the afternoon scuba dive or snorkel through a wonderland of tropical fish and stunning marine gardens. There are also limestone caves in the inland lagoon to explore.

For non-divers keen to experience the underwater world, the Sea Trek Helmet Dive gives visitors the chance to walk on the ocean floor wearing a special helmet and breathing apparatus.

Immerse yourself in the history of one of the world’s great civilizations at the various Mayan ruins, and stroll through the botanical gardens and discover more than 350 species of tropical plants on display. Still feeling energetic? Rent a sea kayak, go sailing or join in a game of beach volleyball on the courts. When it’s time to relax, book a treatment or massage at one of the spas, or simply climb into an empty hammock and order up a margarita.

The park is open daily and there is an admission fee. Attractions such as Dolphin Discovery and Sea Trek Helmet Dive have additional fees.

To get to Chankanaab National Park, take the ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. Once at Cozumel, rent a car or motorbike, or hail a taxi or minivan.

Popular Activities at Chankanaab National Park

We understand you want to make the most out of your trip to Chankanaab National Park. So, we've rounded up some of the most popular things you can do here:

If you'd like even more activities, check out our Cozumel things to do page.


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Secrets Aura Cozumel Solo Adultos – Todo Incluido
Secrets Aura Cozumel Solo Adultos – Todo Incluido

Secrets Aura Cozumel Solo Adultos – Todo Incluido

Carretera Costera Sur Km 12.99 c, South Hotel Zone, Cozumel, QROO
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel property is within a 5-minute walk of Dolphin Discovery, Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, and Chankanaab National Park. Paradise Beach is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

    Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive ¥23,649
    Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive

    Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive

    Carretera A Chankanaab Km 7 5, Cozumel, QROO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This Cozumel resort is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Chankanaab National Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Paradise Beach and Mr. Sancho's Beach Club. Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park and San Francisco Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa ¥21,063
      InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa

      InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa

      Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6-5, Cozumel, QROO
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Uvas Beach, Chankanaab National Park, and Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. Dolphinaris is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

        The Explorean Cozumel - All Inclusive ¥32,947
        The Explorean Cozumel - All Inclusive

        The Explorean Cozumel - All Inclusive

        Carretera a Chankanaab km 7.5, Zona Hotelera Sur, Cozumel, QROO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chankanaab National Park and Cha'an Ka'an Observatory of Cozumel. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Punta Sur Ecological Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

          Villa Las Uvas ¥13,723
          Villa Las Uvas

          Villa Las Uvas

          Carretera Costera Sur, KM 7.5, Cozumel, QROO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cozumel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uvas Beach, Chankanaab National Park, and Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. Dolphin Discovery and Corona Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort Cozumel - All Inclusive ¥12,394
            Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort Cozumel - All Inclusive

            Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort Cozumel - All Inclusive

            Carretera a Chankanaab Km. 3.5, B Zona Sur, Cozumel, QROO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cozumel, this beachfront property is connected to a shopping center, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cha'an Ka'an Observatory of Cozumel, and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Dolphinaris. Stingray Beach and Gonzalo Guerrero are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              The Landmark of Cozumel ¥26,683
              The Landmark of Cozumel

              The Landmark of Cozumel

              Carretera Costera Sur Km 6.5, Cozumel, QROO
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Uvas Beach, Chankanaab National Park, and Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. Corona Beach and Dolphin Discovery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Secrets Aura Cozumel - All Inclusive ¥22,956
                Secrets Aura Cozumel - All Inclusive

                Secrets Aura Cozumel - All Inclusive

                Carretera Costera Sur Km 12.99, Hotel Zone, Cozumel, QROO
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel property is within a 15-minute walk of Paradise Beach, Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park, and Mr. Sancho's Beach Club. San Francisco Beach and Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).