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.
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