What could be more fun than spending an afternoon swimming with dolphins? Nothing, right? Imagine the joy of jumping in the warm, clear waters of Cozumel and splashing around with some of nature’s most amazing creatures. You don’t even have to leave the shores of the beautiful Mexican city to do it! Let’s take a look at some of the best places to swim with dolphins in Cozumel, so you can plan your trip now and start planning your dolphin adventure as soon as possible!
Why Swim With Dolphins
There are few things as majestic as swimming among dolphins, whose presence can give you a sense of being on a higher plane—one that’s beyond our complicated humanity. If you’re ready for an experience like no other, get ready to swim with dolphins in Cozumel. It’s an adventure that can change your life forever. Here are just a few reasons why…
When Can I Go
You can swim with dolphins year-round, though February through April is best. During spring break, however, it’s nearly impossible to get a spot on any tours. (Thousands of tourists descend on Cozumel during that time.) If you can swing a late-winter trip, you’ll have better luck getting an affordable rate—and a chance to admire these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Be sure to book your excursion at least two weeks in advance; last-minute bookings are virtually impossible.
What Should I Bring
Bring sunscreen, a bathing suit, drinking water, and a positive attitude. You’ll also want to bring your camera – after all, capturing these special moments is half of what makes it so memorable. Remember to ask for permission before taking pictures or recording video of your friends – dolphins do not like to be stared at for long periods of time. Otherwise, you might just scare them away from performing tricks for you! If you have any other questions about swimming with dolphins, don’t hesitate to contact us via email: [email protected] ! We would love to hear from you!
How Much Will it Cost?
You can swim with dolphins in Cozumel for as little as $99, or you can arrange a private encounter that costs upwards of $500. The average cost of a dolphin encounter is $79.99 per person. Private swims, meanwhile, range from $109 up to nearly a thousand dollars.
Before you go swimming with dolphins, there are a few precautions you should take. First, never touch or feed wild dolphins. If a dolphin approaches you, back away slowly. Second, always pay attention to your guide; he or she will be able to inform you of any safety issues specific to your location. If at any time something doesn’t feel right about being in a body of water with dolphins, trust your instincts—and tell your guide or swim operator that it’s time for you leave.
A Day at Chankanaab Park: Snorkeling, Sightseeing, and Sunbathing in Cozumel
Beach holidays are always relaxing, but they also tend to get monotonous after a while—there’s only so much lounging on the sand you can do before you start to feel that all-too-familiar tan line. However, there’s another option if you want to take your beach vacation to the next level without breaking the bank—head over to Chankanaab Park in Cozumel, Mexico! Whether you prefer diving into the clear blue waters or lounging in the shade, this island paradise has something for everyone.
You can easily access Chankanaab Park by taxi or rented car from downtown San Miguel de Cozumel. The entrance fee is approximately $10 US dollars. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it’s best to get there early for snorkeling since sharks often arrive later in the day.
Located right on Chankanaab’s beach, there are different types of rides to choose from. Some you can ride with your swimsuit on, while others require a bathing suit. There is also an area that has water slides for those who want to take a break from swimming or snorkeling. There is even an area where children under 48 inches tall can enjoy their own little pool with slides and fountains! This was my favorite part of Chankanaab because it allowed my daughter to have fun without having to worry about her safety. It was great for me too because I could relax and not have to worry about her getting hurt by going down big water slides or accidentally hitting someone when she jumped into deeper waters (she still isn’t very good at swimming).
Exploring the Land
Head over to two different locations for a day trip. The first stop is one of Cozumel’s many beaches, where you can go snorkeling or lay out on a sun lounger. Your second stop will be one of our favorite places to visit on land: Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab is home to many aquatic animals—you’ll also find plenty of shade trees, various forms of wildlife (including iguanas!), and ancient ruins. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some flamingos! This tour is an excellent way to experience all that Cozumel has to offer.
Where to Eat (and Drink) After
Whether you’re craving a fruit smoothie or a cold beer, Cozumel has some excellent spots to quench your thirst after a day of fun in the sun. From poolside bars to cozy dive bars, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots. Just be sure to bring cash—most places don’t accept credit cards. (For those looking for an even more comprehensive list, check out our full guide here.)