Cancun, Mexico is often known as a tourist destination that attracts spring breakers and honeymooners looking to enjoy one of the cliché party aspects of this Mexican oasis. It is less commonly known however this Caribbean Sea destination has one very underrated aspect and tourist activity often overlooked by its hundreds of thousands of tourists each year; the beautiful Cancun snorkeling.
With the average sea water temperature around 80 degrees literally year round, Cancun snorkeling is hard to beat as far comfortability in the water goes and will never require a wet suit. Given there are so many options to snorkel the perfect turquoise blue water that Cancun boasts, today we will look at some of the best spots to experience Cancun snorkeling.
If you happen to be staying in one of the numerous beautiful luxury hotels in the “hotel zone” area of Cancun, you will more than likely be able to head straight out from the sandy beaches and try some snorkeling on your own, if you brought your own gear of course. If not there are plenty shops in the area where you can rent gear for a few hours or a day. From the “hotel zone”, Head to the southern end of the “hotel zone” near the Westin to get the best out of the area. If staying near the northern part of the zone, head to Bahia de Mujeres Beach for the opportunity to see some stunning sea life just out into the crystal clear water.
Something unique to the Cancun snorkeling experience are the many cenotes that surround the area. Found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula region (the piece of land separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea), cenotes are sinkholes filled with groundwater. With their calm water and perfect visibility, these often provide great pockets of snorkeling for snorkelers of all skill levels. If you plan to check out one of the cenotes in the Cancun area, be sure to do so with an expert guide as the underground caves and rivers can make for dangerous situations for the average snorkeler.
Another great spot for Cancun snorkeling is the beach club in Turtle Bay. This Riviera Mayan hotspot provides for the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with enormous green sea turtles among breathtaking rock and coral formations. Not to mention when you are done, relaxing on one of the very best beaches in all of Cancun.
If you are looking for a mixture of both fresh water and saltwater snorkeling, the Nichupte Lagoon between Cancun City and Cancun Island is definitely the place for you.