The 31st most popular snorkel dive spot in Mexico.
Friday 5 August 2016 06:53 GMT
South of Cancun and Puerto Morelos, the snorkeling at Xcaret is perfect for beginners and families. There is a protected, shallow lagoon that has plenty of freshwater inflow from the nearby cenote. Within the lagoon, the water depth ranges from 5 to 15 feet deep. Snorkelers do find the visibility in the lagoon to be oddly variable as the cold fresh water mixes with the warmer saltwater.
Experienced snorkelers will enjoy heading further offshore to the fringing staghorn coal and pillar coral reef formations. The water depth is up to 40 feet deep. There is better visibility up to 60 feet.
After a long day of snorkeling, try heading to the Mamitas Beach Club or the Canibal Royal Club in North Playa del Carmen.
To reach the snorkeling in Xcaret by air, you will need to fly into Cancun International Airport (Aeropuerto de Cancun - CUN). Some of the hotels provide shuttle vans or there are shuttle vans to be hired down to Xcaret. Renting a car to drive around can be hazardous do to the potential for unwarranted police stops resulting in required immediate cash payments. An alternative airport option is to fly into Aeropuerto Internacional de Cozumel (CZM) and take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen. From there, you can take a much shorter shuttle van down to Xcaret.
Overall, Xcaret is the 31st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 40 snorkeling dives in Mexico. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Xcaret including Punta Maroma, Mookche, Chenzumbul and Inna.