Chan Ka’naab is Mayan for small sea. This saltwater lagoon and botanical garden is located adjacent to the Marine Park. The municipal government has developed the grounds into a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and an archaeological park. Near-shore reefs & biodiversity, a secluded bay with powdery beach, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, beach diving, cave & cavern diving are among the galore of outdoor natural amenities. Underwater sculptures are scattered throughout the shallow areas for swimmers & snorkelers enjoyment.
Within Chan Ka’naab The Dolphinarium is a facility where interactive swimming with trained dolphins is carried out. This is a children-friendly activity and a don’t-miss (look for Discovery Dolphin booth). Mini Golf course is another activity suitable for the younger ones.
Take a stroll around the lagoon promenade, which is filled with indigenous species of turtles and crustaceans. The serenity is breathtaking. Don’t forget the camera.
Chan Ka’naab’s botanical garden is host to some 450 native and 350 non-native tropical and sub-tropical plants. Visitors interested in archeology are welcome to the interactive educational museum and outdoor exhibition of Mayan relics. (consider bringing insect repellent before you venture on the nature walk into the jungle)
Chan Ka’naab Nature Park is located on the South Coastal Road, about five miles drive south of San Miguel. Taxi fare is around 90 pesos (about $8 USD). Admission is about $7 USD, depending on the season. Restaurants, restrooms, showers and gear rentals are available on site.
Note: Cozumel Reefs - National Marine Park restrictions due to ecological fragility apply :the recollection, touching or damaging of underwater organisms is strictly prohibited, biodegradable suntan lotion is mandatory; feeding fish or fishing is not permitted within the Park.
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