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Last updated: 13 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Visitors flock to this little park for one thing: swimming with dolphins. It’s highly touristy and often overwhelmed with cruise passengers (cruise boats docking at Cozumel sell the dolphin encounter onboard), but there’s no denying the pleasure of swimming with these endearing mammals – especially for children.

You can also swim with manatees and sea lions here, and the Chankanaab Reef, just offshore within the park, offers safe and accessible, if fairly mediocre snorkelling.


Price from: £21
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

You can fly into Cozumel International airport from Cancun, or take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (from 6am-10pm, about 30 minutes). Taxis are available at the airport to take you to the park (and to take you home again), or rent a car at the airport for the day.

You must book ahead for the dolphin or manatee encounters, and can rent snorkel equipment there (but it’s cheaper to take your own). The admission price includes dolphin and sea lion shows as well as beach access, but the encounters cost extra.

When to do it

The park is open all year round, seven days a week.

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