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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.

    Hippie Bob & Diana's Second Floor Beach House: On The Beach/caribbean Sea
    Hippie Bob & Diana's Second Floor Beach House: On The Beach/caribbean Sea

    Hippie Bob & Diana's Second Floor Beach House: On The Beach/caribbean Sea

    Cozumel, Quintana Roo
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Dolphin Discovery, Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, and Chankanaab National Park. Uvas Beach and Corona Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Beautiful Studio, Sleeps 4. El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel Wyndham, Blue Water
      Beautiful Studio, Sleeps 4. El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel Wyndham, Blue Water

      Beautiful Studio, Sleeps 4. El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel Wyndham, Blue Water

      Cozumel, Quintana Roo
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cozumel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park and Chankanaab National Park. Dolphin Discovery and Uvas Beach are also within 15 minutes.

        Beautiful Penthouse Beach Front Condo With Private Rooftop Patio!!!
        Beautiful Penthouse Beach Front Condo With Private Rooftop Patio!!!

        Beautiful Penthouse Beach Front Condo With Private Rooftop Patio!!!

        Cozumel, Quintana Roo
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the beach, this romantic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Uvas Beach and Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

          Beachfront Condo - Sandy Beach With Great Snorkeling!
          Beachfront Condo - Sandy Beach With Great Snorkeling!

          Beachfront Condo - Sandy Beach With Great Snorkeling!

          Cozumel, Quintana Roo
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this historic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Uvas Beach and Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

            Beachfront Luxury! Best Reviewed Condo IN Cozumel With Private Rooftop Terrace
            Beachfront Luxury! Best Reviewed Condo IN Cozumel With Private Rooftop Terrace

            Beachfront Luxury! Best Reviewed Condo IN Cozumel With Private Rooftop Terrace

            Cozumel, Quintana Roo
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cozumel condo building is located on the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Uvas Beach and Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

              Closest to Sand Beach!!! Amazing Views. Walk to Chankanaab, Uvas & Money Bar
              Closest to Sand Beach!!! Amazing Views. Walk to Chankanaab, Uvas & Money Bar

              Closest to Sand Beach!!! Amazing Views. Walk to Chankanaab, Uvas & Money Bar

              Cozumel, QROO
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this historic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Uvas Beach and Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

                Hippie Bob & Diana's Beachfront Penthouse; Chankanaab Area
                Hippie Bob & Diana's Beachfront Penthouse; Chankanaab Area

                Hippie Bob & Diana's Beachfront Penthouse; Chankanaab Area

                Cozumel, Quintana Roo
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Uvas Beach and Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.