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Holidays in Punta Sur Ecological Park

Holiday Travel Guide
Punta Celerain Lighthouse featuring general coastal views, a sandy beach and waves

Take a fascinating journey through the environmental and historical heritage of Cozumel with a visit to the island's biggest ecological reserve.

Situated in the south-west of Cozumel, an island off the eastern coast of Mexico, Punta Sur Ecological Park covers an immense area of about 100 hectares. The park's varied landscape is home to a wide variety of animal life from crocodiles to iguanas, and is a hub of diving and other tourism activity too.

Make your way from dense mangrove forests right through to the Punta Celerain Lighthouse and navigational museum, passing ancient Mayan ruins and eerily serene wetlands along the way. If you're visiting between the months of May and October, make sure to stop off at the Colombia Lagoon. During this time of year, turtles flock to the lagoon's beaches to nest.

The western side of the park is the place to go for a spot of snorkelling. The calm waters around the Mesoamerican Reef make this the perfect place to introduce your kids to the wonders of underwater adventure, while the park's eastern edge is replete with sand dunes and strange rock formations just begging to be explored.

As well as the natural heritage of the area, the ecological park also provides a fascinating insight into local maritime history from the Mayans through to the present. The Mayan ruins layered with conch shells are well worth a visit, if only to hear the music of the wind through the shells. This building is believed to have been an ancient lighthouse. Follow this with a trip to the slightly more recent lighthouse nearby. Here you'll find wonderful views across the park, as well as a great maritime museum.

Punta Sur Ecological Park is open every day. There is a fee to enter, and there are some nominal extra charges to enter specific areas of the park. There is no public transport, so unless transport is included in your diving tour, you will need to hire a car or bike or grab a taxi to get here.

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156 Cheap Hotels Near Punta Sur Ecological Park

Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Km 17 782 Carretera Costera Sur, El Cedral, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$288 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, San Francisco Beach and Palancar Beach. Playa Mia Grand ...
4.3/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"We enjoyed this resort. The snack bar and the buffets had good food. The restaurants, not so much. The individual bungalows were very nice and all the animals were such an added bonus. The pool area was large with a lot of chairs and the beach area was very clean with great bar service and plenty ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
Camino Nuevo, 1, Cozumel, ROO
Located in the heart of Cozumel, this historic villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of El Cedral, San Francisco Beach and Palancar Beach. Arrecifes de Cozumel National ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Very private and relaxing home.
"Super clean, very spacious, nicely decorated home."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2021

BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
Maya palancar VIP
Maya palancar VIP
Carretera Costera Sur km 19.5, Cozumel, QROO
Situated near the beach, this holiday park is steps away from Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Palancar Beach. Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park and ...
Maya palancar VIP
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Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Kilometro 16.5 Carretera Costera Sur, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$180 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Km 17 782 Carretera Costera Sur, El Cedral, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$288 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
Camino Nuevo, 1, Cozumel, ROO
BIG! 3BR Home Fully Equipped, Pool, Gardens & WiFi
Maya palancar VIP
Maya palancar VIP
Carretera Costera Sur km 19.5, Cozumel, QROO
Maya palancar VIP
Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 16.6 Carretera Sur, El Cedral, San Francisco, Palancar, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$245 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
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Royal Level at Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
Royal Level at Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Km. 16.6, Carretera Sur, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$335 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Royal Level at Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
Ocean Front Beach Front Breathless Sunsets and Relax Beachfront
Ocean Front Beach Front Breathless Sunsets and Relax Beachfront
Carretera Costera Sur, costera sur km. 8.5, Cozumel, ROO
Ocean Front Beach Front Breathless Sunsets and Relax Beachfront
Casa Hacienda San Gabriel
Casa Hacienda San Gabriel
2.5 out of 5
El Cedral, Cozumel, QROO
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Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera Sur Km 12.99, Hotel Zone, Cozumel, QROO
The price is AU$656 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only
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