In today’s blog we are going to tell you about Punta Sur, the largest ecological reserve on the island of Cozumel. Located 21km south of San Miguel de Cozumel, the place is easily accessible by car or scooter. In Punta Sur you will find many natural habitats such as mangrove swamps and jungles with an abundance of wild birds, crocodiles, fish and iguanas. Here are some of the things that you and your family can do there:
You can see exotic birds like flamingos on the water and flying over the lagoon. There are several strategically located viewpoints for seeing these magnificent pink birds in their natural habitat. Along with the flamingos are pelicans, seagulls, herons, harriers and many others. It’s best if you bring a camera with a telephoto lens to capture them in action, or even a pair of binoculars.
Lay on beach, snorkel by coral reef. The sand here is soft and white, and the waters are calm, clear and blue. Palm trees provide protection from the sun, and if you decide to venture in to the water bring your snorkel so that you can see the multitude of multicolored fish swimming about.
Travel across the Colombia Lagoon, the main attraction of the park. A boat trip through the lagoon allows you to see the the many crocodiles that live here. The a lagoon has a pier-type viewpoint with railings.
Check out the Punta Celerain Lighthouse. This place has the best panoramic view of the island of Cozumel. On one side you get the Caribbean Sea, and as your vision sweeps across the wide vista you can also view the Colombia lagoon and the surrounding rain forest.
Visit the Navigation Museum. It’s located in an old lighthouse and inside you will get information about the history of navigation from pre-Hispanic times to the present day.
Punta Sur is open from Monday to Saturday, 9.00am-4.00pm. Adults pay and entry fee of $14 USD while children pay $8 USD. This price does not include food, but overall it is very economical compared to other similar places, and given the amount of things to do.
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