Things to See and Do at Costa de Cocos
Background and Mayan Sculpture Photographs by Ben Edmonson - Photograph of Snorkeler by Steven Dramstad Go Snorkeling Visit Mayan Archaeological Sites Like Kohunlich Starfish in Shallows Starfish in Shallows Green Sea Turtle Spotted Eagle Ray Mantatee Xcalak Reef Xcalak Reef Xcalak Reef

More Activities

At Costa de Cocos:

Snorkeling & Boat Trips:

- Exceptional snorkeling is a short swim off our dock, amid incredible coral heads.
- Our reef has over 48 species of hard & soft corals, sponges, and even the exotic black coral.
- Or our local guides can take you on snorkeling-boat excursions to other areas of the Reef.

Snorkel Xcalak Reef
Photograph by Steven Dramstad Green Sea Turtle Spotted Eagle Ray Mantatee Xcalak Reef Xcalak Reef Xcalak Reef

Snorkeling Boat Trip Rates, per person

2 Hour Trip
(Local Reef Areas)
3 Hour Trip
(River trip)
Bird Island Trip  4hrs
(Includes lunch & drinks)
2 - Passengers
minimum of 3 persons
3 - Passengers
4 - Passengers
5 + Passengers


1 to 5 Passengers
$250. for the Boat Trip
6 Passengers and over
$5o. per Person

All rates listed in US DollarsTax is Included in these Prices.

Learn to Fly-Fish

Learn to Fly Fish

Our highly experienced staff can teach you to fly-fish: 1/2 Day of Fly Fishing lessons for $175, or Full-Day $350.


In Xcalak:


Shore Birds at Sunrise   BirdWatching at Costa de Cocos and Xcalak   Shore Bird at Costa de Cocos

A local guide is available to show you the huge variety of birds that call Costa de Cocos, Xcalak, and the surrounding area home. He has guide books, bicycles to rent, binoculars, two-way radios, and transportation to the observation site. Tour length is 1½ to 2 hours, depending on location of the birds viewed. Cost is $20 per person. Contact us to learn how you can experience the natural beauty of Xcalak. Depending on the season and ecosystem visited, you may see the following birds.

Wood Stork
American Coot
Rufous-necked Wod Rail
Grey-necked Wood Rail
Vermilion Flycatcher (rare)
Squirrel Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Amazon Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Yucatan Jay
Green Jay
Brown Jay


Half-Day and Full-Day Trips:

Mayan Archaeological Sites
1 ½ Hours By Car - Chacchoben

Distance 80 miles (130 km)

Photograph of Temple Pyramid at Chacchoben
Photograph of Temple Pyramid at Chacchoben

Follow a tour group as they travel to and explore Chacchoben

A map with the route between Chacchoben and CDC indicated.

View Map of CDC and Chacchoben, Quintana Roo in a larger map


4 Hours By Car - Kohunlich & Dzibanché
Distance 145 Miles (230 km)

Visit the Kohunlich Archaeological Site
Visit the Temple of the Masks at Kohunlich

Visit the Kohunlich Archaeological Site
Visit the Pyramid at Dzibanché

This Video Features Kohunlich and Dzibanché

A map with the route between Dzibanché, Kohunlich, and CDC indicated.

View Driving directions to Dzibanche and Kohunlich from CDC, Quintana Roo, Mexico in a larger map


One Hour By Car - Bacalar

Bacalar, Mexico



2½ Hours By Car - Chetumal and Calderitas

This is the Spanish language tourism video for Chetumal and Costa Maya. Most of the nature scenes were filmed just south of Costa de Cocos, around Bird Island. We visit this area as part of our 5-hour snorkeling and boat tour. This video also features Xcalak and Bacalar.


Museum of Mayan Culture (Museo de la Cultura Maya) - Chetumal
Dios Chac, Códice Maya
Map of Chetumal with Location of Museum Indicated

Biouniverzoo Chetumal (Formerly Chetumal Zoo)
Zoo Biouniverzoo


3 Hours By Car - Laguna Guerrero

This is a manatee (Trichechus manatus) named Daniel who lives in Laguna Guerrero, Quintana Roo. He is used to people because he was found stuck in the roots of mangrove as a baby.