AAA Editor Notes
Chankanaab Lagoon Park (Parque Laguna de Chankanaab) is on the leeward side of the island, about 9 km (5.5 mi.) s. of town off the Costera Sur (Coastal Highway), the southward extension of Avenida Rafael Melgar. The name, which means “small sea,” refers to the natural saltwater lagoon inside the park.
Snorkeling is not permitted in the lagoon, nor is feeding the fish; observation areas are provided. Surrounding the lagoon is a shady botanical garden with tropical and subtropical plant species, many native to Cozumel; for a tip, local youths will give impromptu tours.
The beach fronting the bay is wide and pretty. In addition to swimming and snorkeling (submerged religious statues and encrusted anchors and cannons are popular dive sites), beach activities include snuba (a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving) and Seatrek, an underwater breathing helmet. A small museum has exhibits about local plant, animal and marine life. There also are hammocks for “frond snoozing” and a children's play area. Several dive shops on site, as well as restrooms, changing areas and showers.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.