A divers' dream: The coral-rich waters teem with exotic fish and snorkelers near Cozumel hotels. Credit: Omakakii.

By Vince Font

There are few beach activities that are both exciting and relaxing, but if you query the opinions of travelers experienced in beach vacations, you’ll likely reach the consensus that snorkeling is one of them. Great snorkeling needs more than just clear waters – the water should also be calm enough to keep you from drifting and warm enough to be enjoyable. The island of Cozumel in the Caribbean provides both, and the following Cozumel hotels are three of the best to try out for the ultimate snorkeling experience.

El Cozumeleno Beach Front Resort -All-Inclusive
One great thing about many all-inclusive vacations is that activities like snorkeling are included, which is a great gift to coral reef explorers who’d rather while the day away floating around in turquoise waters instead of splashing around poolside. If you’re the type to enjoy both, you’ve got it made at El Cozumeleno, a gorgeous beachfront resort that adds a few waterfalls to its three large pools. Inside, rooms are airy and spacious, and the El Cocal restaurant’s outdoor setting offers jaw-dropping coastal views.

Park Royal Cozumel – All-Inclusive
There are few spring break destinations that promise you a private balcony regardless of what room you book, but the Park Royale is one of them. It’s also an excellent place to test your fins if you’re a first-time snorkeler, as the hotel’s all-inclusive package includes equipment and guided snorkeling tours in addition to diving tours for the more adventurous. The hotel is separated from the beachfront via an underground walkway that ensures you don’t have to dodge traffic to get your feet wet.

Aura Cozumel Grand Resort – All-Inclusive Adults-Only
The Aura Cozumel is the place where only big kids get to play, and as far as the play goes, there’s plenty to keep your inner child entertained. Snorkeling aficionados in particular will love the resort’s ocean-view suites, where the snorkeling starts at the back steps of your private abode and extends to the property’s lazy river. The hotel’s adults-only policy also ensures a level of tranquility that’s tough to achieve in family-oriented resorts, so don’t forget to drop the kids at the grandparents’ on your way to the airport.

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Vince Font is a travel writer with a deep love of weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations.

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