How to Cruise the Yucatán Peninsula

Cruise ship and catamaran sail boats in port of Cozumel Mexico Yucatan Peninsula
Cruise ship and catamaran sail boats in port of Cozumel Mexico Yucatan Peninsula

For cruisers who want a taste of Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coast, why not head to the beautiful island of Cozumel?

The most common route is to dock on the island—where you will typically find several ships lined up in a row—and book a shore excursion to the mainland either through your cruise line or a tour operator. How much time your ship spends in port will determine how much of the Yucatán you can see.

Yucatan

For those who are staying late into the evening (as some Carnival ships have started doing recently, on the nights they have concerts onboard) you can swim in a cenote (an underground river that runs through caves) or check out Chichen Itza, the area’s most famous Mayan ruin. It’s a long day, but both are worth the trek in from the island. Then again, so are the beaches—which are lined with palm trees and sit on clear blue water—and so is the snorkeling, especially since the reef here is the second largest in the world.

Yucatan Scuba

Insight Guides | Sherri Eisenberg

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