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Cozumel Sights

Parque Chankanaab

  • Carretera Sur, Km 9 Map It
  • Cozumel
  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Updated 04/01/2013

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The National Park of Chankanaab, translated as "small sea," consists of a saltwater lagoon, an archaeological park, and a botanical garden, with reproductions of a Mayan village and Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, and Mayan stone carvings scattered throughout. You can swim, scuba dive, or snorkel at the beach; the park also offers dolphin encounters, which are a highlight for kids. There's plenty to see beneath the surface: underwater caverns, a sunken ship, crusty old cannons and

anchors, and a sculpture of la Virgen del Mar (Virgin of the Sea), all populated by parrotfish and sergeant majors galore. To preserve the ecosystem, park rules forbid touching the reef or feeding the fish. You'll also find dive shops, restaurants, gift shops, a snack stand, and dressing rooms with lockers and showers right on the sand.

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Sight Information

Address:

Carretera Sur, Km 9, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600, Mexico

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Phone:

987-872–4014

Sight Details:

  • $21
  • Daily 8–4

Updated 04/01/2013

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By GlendaC

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Apr 12, 2014

Zorb unsafe! 10 yr old daughter in jeopardy!

My family and I went to Chankanaab in hopes of seeing some of Mexico's natural beauty and entertaining the kids. To make a long story short...we paid for our children to take rides down a ramp in a zorb. BEWARE! There is no stop of any kind at the bottom of the ramp. In retrospect, I see how crazy and dangerous it really was. A worker stood at the bottom of the ramp to stop (or attempt to stop) the ball. On my 10 year old daughter's last ride

down, the ball was moving quickly and the worker was unable to stop it and to our horror, it rolled across the beach and dropped into the ocean. The second it hit the water, it took off like a swift-moving speedboat. We think it went about a mile out to sea. Approximately 6 boats drove by and no one stopped to rescue her. The park had no rescue boat available of any kind. Thank God, someone finally contacted a boat on the water who came and picked her up. My 12 year old son was traumatized, truly fearing he might never see his sister again. I have a video (well the audio) which is my son screaming for over 5 minutes along with my husband and myself pleading for help and someone to rescue our daughter. Everything turned out ok because she remained calm...but the outcome could just as easily have been tragic. She could have panicked and tried to get out of the ball in the middle of the ocean or been blown away by the currents and wind, completely out of sight. The management's handling of the situation was poor at best. They called a paramedic who took my daughter's vital signs...never even offered us our money back. Ruined our day to say the least. So thankful we are all safe. I definitely want to warn others, though.

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By Linda

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Oct 28, 2006

Great, Cheap Snorkeling for the Whole Family!

We were here on a cruise that had some very expensive snorkeling tours. Instead, we took a taxi here, paid the small admission fee (about $10 per person) and jumped in the incredibly clear, warm water with own masks and snorkels for great snorkeling right off the beach. Rocks line the edge of the beach, with stone stairs leading into the water, which begins at about 8 ft deep. Your can snorkel right by shore or swim up to about 50 yards out for

deeper water. No fins required. The water was very calm, and full of fish. (Of course, everyone should be able to swim well) And, then, when you get out of the water you have a beautiful park with coconut palms, umbrellas, and food and drink (including beer) right there. If you want to do the "extra" things, like swim with dolphins and such, there are extra charges, but we spent the better part of the day snorkeling and relaxing in the sun with 4 adults and 6 kids and it didn't cost an arm and a leg!

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By darcy

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Feb 6, 2005

Great family snorkelling!

We loved the fact that our 9 year old son could snorkel safely and enjoy fabulous underwater scenery. We also appreciated that all the prices charged in the park (including for food, water, t-shirts etc) were extremely reasonable compared to other locations where we've snorkelled.

By Dave

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Aug 8, 2004

Highly Recommended for Beginner Snorkelers

Snorkeling is very good and very easy at Chankanaab. Recommend the Dolphin Discovery, too. You'll remember it for a lifetime!

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