Km 6.82 Sur Between Hotel Presidente & Fiesta Americana in Dzul Ha Area Just a 5 - 10 minute taxi ride from downtown or ship piers. Taxi fare: Approximately US$ 10.00 per 4 persons
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PalMar does NOT pay taxi incentives to deliver visitors to their locale. As a result, taxi drivers will often act confused or indicate they do not know where the location is in order to discourage travelers from visiting this beach area. If the taxi driver convinces visitors to select another beach, not only do the drivers get the taxi fare but they also receive bonuses, commissions, food, beverages and coupons from the paying beaches.
One of Cozumel's best snorkel beaches, this area is known by several names depending on who a person speaks to on the island. Drift divers know this reef area and "wall dive" as "Las Palmas" while snorkelers and beach combers accessing from shore know it as Dzul Ha Beach. PalMar SMALL Snorkel Beach Club and Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary is a great place to relax spend the day!
This long stretch of ironshore and sand beach boasts pristine snorkeling from shore and was voted the #1 Snorkel Spot in the Caribbean by Skin Diver Magazine in 2002. While the entire coastline suffered damage to shallow snorkel reefs with the 2005 storms, recovery and regrowth has been excellent over the years since and this area is still an incredible snorkel spot. Coral heads, sea fans and tropical reef fish abound a mere 10-20 meters from shore . It is a very popular area and is definitely one of the best snorkeling sites and shore dives on the island!
The National Marine Park has recognized the beauty and value of this snorkel area as well. In May 2007 they began developing this area as a "walk up" snorkel park complete with shoreline barriers that will protect shallow growing corals and direct snorkelers to specific walk ways into the water. Out in the water, bouy guides mark different reef sections and as many as 50 artificial reef sections have been installed meant to enhance the growth of coral in this beautiful area.
Insider owner Sherri Davis invites you to spend the day snorkeling this area as guests of her PalMar SMALL Snorkel Beach Club. Sherri has opened this private estate beach during the day to island visitors wanting to enjoy a more laid back, tranquil day at the beach and some of the best snorkeling Cozumel has to offer. Spend some serious time here and watch as hundreds of boat snorkelers are dropped right in front of PalMar to do their snorkeling. No need for a boat to snorkel with the PalMar beach and entrance right in front of you!
And no need to worry about crowds or activity organizing PA systems since PalMar is a small semi-private beach area and a limited number of guests are accepted daily (reservations are required in advance - 1 week notice). As the number approaches 50 people total, the gates close to ensure guests have a quality, less crowded experience than offered by the big cruiser beaches.