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Cozumel Marine Park Map

The dream of every diver and snorkeler, Cozumel's Marine Park runs along the coast south of downtown and around Punta Sur - the southern tip of the island.

The protected area is home to some of the most beautiful coral reef and marine life in the world.

Marine Park

Beautiful coral reef

Going by its full name, Cozumel Reefs National Park, or Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel in Spanish, it consists of around 12,000 hectares (29,600 acres) of sea and coastline.

According to figures from Mexico's National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), its waters are currently home to 105 different types of coral and 262 species of fish.

It was established by Mexican federal decree on July 19, 1996, with the aim to protect and monitor the area.

Today, park staff continue to keep watch, undertake scientific research and organize social education programs for locals and visitors alike.

Cozumel Marine Park

105 different types of coral

1.8 million people visit Cozumel's marine park every year and the area is protected by Mexican federal law. If you're one of the many to visit while on vacation in Cozumel please be sure to follow the Marine Park Rules.

Different parts of the south of the marine reserve are sometime closed to tourists for snorkeling, diving and swimming, depending on conservation needs and usually for up to a couple of months at a time.

Find out more about the Marine Park Conservation Strategy.

Visit our Things To Do section for information on Cozumel diving. or take a look at all our Cozumel snorkeling tours and activities.

Photos courtesy of Cozumel Marine Park.

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