Belize or Cozumel Snorkeling Trip?

by Mauibird
(California)

We are trying to choose between a Belize or Cozumel for our next snorkeling trip. We have enjoyed snorkeling with turtles on Maui, with octopi and expanses of beautiful corals in Fiji, with massive schools of colorful fish in the Galapagos, with an array of sea life in the Sea of Cortez, and had some pleasurable snorkeling in Panama and Costa Rica.

Can anyone help us compare the two locations in terms of the safety of the two regions, the cultural experiences, and, of course, the bounties to enjoy underwater?

Thank you.

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Mar 12, 2018
Belize, Glovers Reef, Slickrock
by: Anonymous

We had a great time in Belize! I highly recommend Slickrock Adventures.

Mar 12, 2018
Cozumel Snorkeling
by: Vincent

We have never been to Belize, but have gone snorkeling in Cozumel numerous times. The island is totally safe. The cost to go out on a boat is reasonable, but we mostly shore snorkel. You can drive the loop road of the island, stop at the various spots, and if you buy a drink and snack they won't charge you to snorkel off their beach.

The best shore snorkeling spot by far is Punta Sur, a large park that also has a tower and great bird watching, so bring your binoculars.

Don't snorkel, but do spend time on the "wild side" of the island. Very calm currents on the developed side of the island, but tricky currents on the wild side (people die regularly thinking they can handle the currents on the wild side). There is a fun little pool with a bar at the south tip of the wild side, and that is worth a snorkel. Across the street, in a lagoon, you can see some crocodiles. You can also see crocodiles at Punta Sur.

We always stay downtown in Cozumel. For first time visitors, Casa Mexicana is great. If you want a more homespun adventure, try Carribo Cozumel. Both are very inexpensive.

We rent a car from Rentadora Isis, as the cost is reasonable and includes Mexican insurance (a must!).

Good luck!

Mar 12, 2018
Belize
by: Anonymous

From our experience Belize has the most living reefs.

Mar 12, 2018
Snorkeled Caye Caulker Belize 3 Weeks Ago
by: Snorkel Dan

I snorkeled at Caye Caulker in Belize 3 weeks ago. Getting to the island from US was really easy and pretty safe. The island is like most of Belize where it is really shallow and somewhat grassy murky until you get out to the barrier reefs. So you mostly need to take boats. You can certainly shore snorkel but it's not that great. One of the days we went north a bit and came in contact with other snorkel boats from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, so I am going to assume they go similar places. The reef out there was OK, we got to see lots and lots of fish, but that's mostly because they feed them :(

Mar 12, 2018
Belize over Cozumel
by: Joni

I have been to both places in the last five years. Go to Glovers Reef Atoll or cheaper Caye Caulker Belize. If you stay at Iquana Inn on the main land side of Caye Caulker, they have shore snorkeling and sea horses at their pier/dock. Very convenient compared to required boat snorkeling. With a boat it is possible to swim with manatees.

I stayed at the Fiesta America on Cozumel and thought the snorkeling was very poor. Few fish and little diversity. Food was good at the hotel and included in the price.

Mar 19, 2018
Thank You
by: Mauibird

Thank you all for your suggestions and comments.

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