You've come this far, so come on in; the water's great! You have to take advantage of the area's greatest natural resource: Water, water, everywhere.
Whether you're interested in scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, or just a refreshing swim, there's something for everyone. Here are just a few areas you might want to explore:
Xel-Ha: Located between Akumal and Tulum, this natural lagoon was once sacred to the Mayans. Today it is considered the world's largest "natural aquarium" with areas to swim, snorkel or get a peek at the marine life from the viewing platforms that are provided. There is an entrance fee to the park, but snorkeling equipment is provided at no charge. You'll find restaurants, showers, locker rooms and plenty of aquatic life and lush vegetation in the 10-acre lagoon system. Swimming with the dolphins is one of the features of this park, and, of course, world class snorkeling.
Puerto Aventuras Marina: Picturesque and begging to be painted, drop by with your water colors, pastels or oils. A stroll along the marina will definitely bring on an urge to snap a few photos or set up an easel. Boats of various sizes and shapes line the marina and as the sun sets, the lights illuminute the walkway. Boaters gather to enjoy evening cocktails on shore under their portable canopies as music--like "Margaritaville"--fills the air. Makes you want to sell the house and the car and turn to a casual life of sailing the world . . . but there's that money thing. You can arrange fishing excursions out of the Puerto Aventuras area. There's also a golf course and a number of shops and restaurants in the area.
Yal Ku Lagoon: One of Akumal's natural wonders, this lagoon is made for exploring. Grab your mask and snorkel and head for the blue lagoon, located at the northern most area of Half Moon Bay. There is an entry fee of about $5 (but you can come and go throughout the day). Children pay about $2.50. Please do not use sunscreen as may be harmful to the ecology (wear a t-shirt to prevent sunburn). This is Xel-Ha on a much smaller scale, with fewer touristas and no commercialism . . . yet. It's delightfully refreshing.
Chankanaab Park and Lagoon: Cozumel's oceanfront botanical garden and snorkeling center. There is a beach area, restaurants, great snorkeling (especially if there are few people; avoid the park when cruise ships are in port).Swimming with the dolphins is a new addition to the park.
Dive! Dive! Dive! We can't even begin to tell you about all of the opportunities for scuba diving. If you're a diver, you will be in heaven. If you're not a diver, you'll wanna be. A great big candy store of color await you just beneath the sea. Eensie teensie creatures, delicate and small, to great big guys with fat fishy lips, glide in and out of colorful coral gardens. Come to the greatest Caribbean party of all . . . even Disney couldn't top this fantasy land!