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“Great place to snorkel”

Playa Corona/Corona Beach Club
Ranked #46 of 160 things to do in Cozumel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Soak up some rays at this beautiful white sand beach, featuring an outdoor cafe, workout equipment and relatively calm water for swimming and snorkeling.
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Our cruise stopped in Cozumel on the last day. We had not booked an excursion and were going to take a taxi to Chankanaab National Park to snorkel originally. The taxi was going to be $10 US from the port to Chankanaab for 3 of us, but when we were talking to the driver he told us the admission cost was $23. So we didn't want to do that. He recommended Playa Corona and took us there for an additional $2.

At first I was apprehensive. It was just a little building right on the water with very few people around. But the taxi driver told us they would call us a cab anytime we were ready to leave so we decided to stay and check it out. We placed our things under one of the several shaded tables. The waiter came by and told us our things would be safe there...and they were. We had our own snorkel gear so we didn't need to rent equipment.

We walked down the steps and into the water and saw more creatures here than we did scuba diving in Turquoise Bay in Roatan 2 days prior. I have no idea what type all of the fish were, but some that I could identify were grouper, flounder, angel fish, parrot fish, tons of sea urchins and hermit crabs. We saw many others, but I don't know what they were.

We saw most of the fish relatively close to the shore. Just float along the top of the water being careful not to kick the coral...but if you find a spot and just hover and be really still you will see more creatures come out of hiding underneath you. Go all the way out to the left (if in the water facing the building) to the little tree...we saw more closer to the tree. We also decided we wanted to try going further out away from the shore but wanted a flotation device in case we got tired. They gave us a "noodle" to use at no charge. There was not a lot of coral/reef going further out but we still saw plenty of fish out there...just be cautious because there were a lot of boats flying back and forth.

We came back to the table and ordered lunch. My daughter had a hamburger with fries and my mother and I shared an order of 4 fish tacos and an order of guacamole. The guacamole was nothing spectacular but it was very fresh...and when I mixed in some of their peco (super fresh and yummy) it was very good. The fish tacos were also very good. We each had a soda with our meal and then when we were getting ready to leave we ordered another round of drinks. Our total bill was $42 USD. When we started gathering our things and asked for our ticket the waiter went and secured one of the waiting taxis for us, but told us there was no hurry.

The bathrooms are very small and there are no lockers, but there is a freshwater shower to rinse off with outside the bathroom. By the time we had lunch there were several other families there snorkeling as well, but it was never crowded. We really enjoyed our time there and would recommend it for snorkeling.

6  Thank SAnderson4766
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

My wife and I had been here 8 years ago on our honeymoon and we had a good time so we decided to come back. Since we had been here last the cruise ships have brought large crowds. At Playa Corona this is not an issue. The first hint to this is the taxi driver had no idea how much it cost to get get there he had to ask the foreman at the sign that has all of the destination cost.

We arrived around 9:00 in the morning and we were the only ones there. We got our snorkeling gear $12 usd and found a table. We just left our stuff at the table when we went snorkeling, nothing was touched. It is easy access to the water. This is not a white sand beach, it is a very rocky area. We headed out about 50 meters and swam north, against the current, along a large drop off. We saw all kinds of fish and coral. We had a sting ray swim under us. You can easily snorkel in the shallow part but most of the large coral and fish were at the drop off. which goes from about 10 feet to 20-30 feet. I wish I knew the names of the fish, but there was a large variety. We also snorkeled in Akumal and Yal Ku and Playa Corona is very close in quality.

We were about 150 meters north of Playa Corona when my wife popped up out of the water and said something stung her. I went back under and found a two inch jelly fish floating in the water. She wanted to head in so we swam back. We go back around 11:00. We talked to our waiter and told him about the jelly fish and he had a bottle of vinegar that he sprayed on her, she was better in 20 minutes.

After snorkeling the place was packed, okay I joke, there were only 4 other people there. We ordered some chips with guacamole, margaritas and chicken nachos. The guacamole was good, very good. However, the pico de gallo was amazing, we are pico fans and it is the best we ever had. We sat around and enjoyed the sunshine for another hour. cleaned up (outdoor freshwater shower, bathrooms) and took a taxi back to the ferry pier.

If you are looking for 5 star, don't go here. However, if you are looking for a rustic, low key place to do some quality snorkeling, get some good food, you found it.

9  Thank Dustin V
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

There was some decent snorkeling here, but you are better to do a boat tour for snorkeling if you really want to see the more interesting stuff, since the better reefs off Cozumel are only reachable by boat. We did see a grouper and a flounder here, and the staghorn coral is nice. We also saw a few fireworms right near the concrete steps leading down to the snorkel put-in. The fireworms (aka bristleworms) look a bit like centipedes. They are about three inches long, greenish/brownish/reddish in color with whitish fuzzy things around the edges of their body. Don't touch 'em or step on 'em. The whitish things have painful stingers in them (as my 5 y.o. learned the hard way). We also saw a really neat crab shaped like a small rock. He was also right by the concrete steps at the put-in. He was very well camouflaged. The beach club had cold beer and decent food, and they didn't really hound us all that much. Shaded tables. Relaxed atmosphere. Not surrounded by tons of other travellers. We felt safe here (although it is not as safe or secluded as Playa Palancar).

3  Thank SnorkelGang
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Good place to escape the crowds of Chakannab park and experience snorkeling that is actually better. Relaxing atmosphere and good spot to sip some cold drinks.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

This is a very quaint beach area...the service is wonderful...the Margarita's tasty...ice cold beer...and the best part is the snorkeling. The coral and plant life is in very good shape...all kinds of things to see in the water here...just a short cab ride from town...but worth the trip. They provide palapas for shade...tableside service and you can snorkel all day. No charge to stay...

1  Thank Iluvgeckos
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