Diving and Snorkeling
Discover the stunning coral reefs of the Parque Marino Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel, part of the world’s second largest coral reef and home to an important ecological sanctuary in the Caribbean. Jacques Cousteau famously called the Sea of Cortez the aquarium of the world. Honouring its name, the variety of marine life there has drawn researchers, and those who simply want to marvel, from all over the world. For the more intrepid, the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific offer divers the chance to visit sunken ships.
In Santiaguillo, close to Veracruz, a lighthouse built atop a coral island offers a spectacular destination for those who wish to explore marine life . Although Veracruz for diving because of its cloudy waters, in Santiaguillo the water surrounding the coral is very clear, outdone only by the Caribbean. Just around the corner from the Caribbean sea, the island of Holbox where Tourist get the chance to dive in beautiful –and harmless– whale shark, a tremendous experience that will stay with you for years to come. In the Yucatan, famed for its 196,850 feet of subterranean cenotes or waterholes, you can really take the plunge with some spectacular underground diving.
Things to do
Calling All Nature Lovers!
Cozumel has been named as “Heaven on Earth.” Indeed, Mother Nature has been generous with her blessings by bestowing this Caribbean island with thriving jungles, mangroves and lagoons, a magnificent menagerie of flora and fauna, unspoiled coastlines and one of the world’s largest reef systems. It’s no wonder why nature enthusiasts rate Cozumel as one of the best Mexico destinations to visit. The tropical mangroves help preserve the ecosystem, nature reserves such as Cozumel Reef’s Natural Park, Chankanaab National Park and Faro Celerain Ecological Park.
Calling all Sports Fans
Puerto Vallarta is famous for sports lover’s paradise offering an endless Variety of outdoor adventures. Water sports lover’s can choose from every imaginable activity from snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking, sailing, water skiing, and surfing. The abundant marine life in the warm Pacific waters of Banderas Bay offer some of the best deep-sea sports fishing around. Hardercore adventure people can go mountain biking, option Jeep safari or try horseback riding in challenging path. There are also soft adventure tours of the jungle surrounding Puerto Vallarta, from canopy zip lining to eco hikes. All of the more traditional sports, including tennis and world-class golf are also available.
Into the Deep Blue Yonder
Cancun boasts has wide variety of divine dive sites and some of the best dive masters and instructors in the Caribbean. The average dive in Cancun is around 40 feet but open-water dives can go as deep as 85 feet. Drift diving is the norm here and the big attractions are the coral reefs where hundreds of fish parade past the diver’s mask. The coral reefs off the coast of Cancun and nearby Cozumel are sheer bliss for lovers of the underwater world and are the best places to dive in the Mexican Caribbean. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced diver, Cancun has a dive for you. Diving in the sinkholes of the Yucatan Peninsula and finding cool, crystal-clear water is a unique experience found only in this part of Mexico.
Pure Pacific Magic in Costalegre
Come on down to the Pacific ocean and discover an underwater world brimming with colors and shapes. Costalegre has an extensive shoreline, home to everyday natural marvels. Its long flanks of beach keep company with crystalline and warm waters, whose calmness makes them ideal for diving. Those who are in search to explore the depths of the ocean will find a lot on offer here. If you have ample budget, you can rent a luxurious yacht and navigate the bays and coves at leisure; a little closer to local life can take trips out to sea with the area’s many fishermen, the best guides around.
The Aquarium of the World
The Sea of Cortez is the most biologically rich body of water on the planet. Centuries ago whales migrating from Alaska discovered the Sea of Cortez and made it their winter holiday destination. They also found these waters to be the best place for their calves to be born. Later, native people discovered the richness of this ocean. Cousteau himself spearheaded research in the Sea of Cortez (between Baja California and continental Mexico), which he called “The aquarium of the world.” It is one of the world’s unique ocean environments.
Snorkelers and divers take the plunge and rave about Cozumel’s underwater marine fantasy, made famous by Jacques Cousteau. On his first visit to Cozumel, world-renowned researcher and self-taught oceanographer Captain Jacques Cousteau proclaimed it one of the most spectacular diving areas in the world. Since then, divers come from every corner of the globe to experience this underwater marvel. These fabled shores provide shelter for part of the largest reef system in the Western Hemisphere, delivering the opportunity to take the plunge at more than 40 different dive sites.
Explore the Riviera Maya’s unique cenotes and thriving coral reef, home to more than 500 species of marine life. With an expansive coral reef system located just off the coast, the Riviera Maya is Mexico’s well known destination for snorkeling. The Great Maya Reef, also known for the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, extends for more than 965 km (600 miles) along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula all the way to Belize. It’s the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean offer easy viewing of the fascinating underwater world of the Riviera Maya, which is home to more than 500 species of marine life.
Water activities in Sonora
The beaches in Sonora have a privileged geographical location: surrounded by the ocean, the desert and mountains, they offer a great venue for different water activities such as diving, having contact with marine animals, and sports fishing. The most important ports are Kino Bay, San Carlos and Puerto Penasco. If you want to experience the most striking contact with an animal, visit Sonora between the months of November to March. Gray whales visit the Sea of Cortes and you can get close enough to take a photograph or even to touch them.
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