Punta Molas

Isla Cozumel

To reach the far northeast of the island you're best off heading out on an off-road tour to avoid getting stranded on the remote dirt road. The tour makes stops at some fairly good beaches, where you can go snorkeling, and you'll also visit small Maya ruins and a deserted lighthouse at the northernmost point.

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4. Punta Bete

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8. Crococun Zoo

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