Spotted Eagle Ray season in Cozumel

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Cozumel is a world-renowned diving destination known for its crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and stunning coral reefs. It is located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The eagle ray season, which typically runs from December to March, is one of the highlights of the diving season in Cozumel Marine Park. Eagle rays congregate in large numbers in the shallow waters around the island during this time, making for an unforgettable diving experience.

Eagle rays are magnificent creatures with diamond-shaped bodies and long, whip-like tails. They can reach a length of 10 feet (3 meters) and are known for their graceful, sweeping movements through the water. These rays are common in the waters surrounding Cozumel diving spots, but they are particularly abundant during the winter months.

During the eagle ray season, divers visiting Cozumel can expect to see these magnificent creatures in large groups, often swimming in formation or gliding over the reef. They are typically found in shallow water, 30-40 feet (9 to 12 meter) deep, making them easily accessible to divers of all levels. Divers can also expect to see turtles, moray eels, and a variety of colorful fish, in addition to eagle rays.

Dive sites located around the island are the best places to see eagle rays. While diving, look in the blue to see them gliding against the current, or on the sandy areas to see them digging into the sand to find some critters and conch to eat.

While eagle rays are generally harmless to humans, it is important to approach them with caution and keep a safe distance. Divers should avoid touching or disturbing the rays, as this can cause stress and harm.

If you’re planning a trip to Cozumel between December and March, don’t pass up the opportunity to dive with these magnificent creatures. Cozumel is a diver’s paradise, with its stunning marine life, crystal-clear waters, and world-class diving sites.

Bonus video of a couple of eagle rays swimming on the reef:

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Cruise ships dock at three main piers in Cozumel: Punta Langosta, International Pier (SSA), and Puerta Maya. Each pier offers various amenities and access to different parts of the island.

Yes, you can walk to some beaches from the Cozumel cruise port, particularly from the Punta Langosta pier, which is located in downtown San Miguel. Other piers may require a short taxi ride to reach popular beaches.

Yes, shopping is easily accessible from all three piers. Punta Langosta is in the heart of San Miguel, offering a variety of shops and local markets. Both the International Pier and Puerta Maya have shopping areas nearby, although you may need to walk or take a short taxi ride for a wider selection.

The distance to downtown San Miguel varies depending on the pier. From Punta Langosta, it’s a short walk. From the International Pier and Puerta Maya, it’s about a 10-minute taxi ride to the town center.

In Cozumel, you can move around using taxis, rental cars, scooters, or bicycles. Taxis are readily available at the ports and throughout the island. Rental services for cars and scooters offer flexibility for exploring at your own pace.

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