Sea Walls

Isla Cozumel

Local and international artists backed by the PangeaSeed foundation created 36 large-scale public murals in 2015 to raise awareness about ocean conservation and responsible coastal development. A DIY walking tour reveals cool downtown works like a towering sea monster mural on Calle 1 Sur and Avenida 20 Sur. Ask the tourist office for a printed map of the murals.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Isla Cozumel attractions

1. San Gervasio Ruins

6.64 MILES

This overpriced Maya complex is Cozumel’s only preserved ruin. It's thought to have been the location of the sanctuary of Ixchel, goddess of fertility,…

2. El Cedral


This Maya ruin, a fertility temple, is the oldest on the island. It’s the size of a small house and has no ornamentation. El Cedral is thought to have…

3. Parque Los Fundadores

11.41 MILES

Playa del Carmen’s most iconic park is bordered by the famous Quinta Avenida on one side and by a popular local beach on the other side. Here, kids can…

4. Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya

11.48 MILES

This 'museum' is mainly info about Kahlo rather than displays of her artwork. It's also small. But if you're looking for something to do on a non-beach…

5. Quinta Avenida

11.52 MILES

Restaurants, bars, stores and craft stalls line a 2km stretch of this busy pedestrian thoroughfare.

6. Playa Palancar

11.66 MILES

About 17km south of San Miguel, Palancar is a great beach to visit during the week when the crowds thin out. It has a beach club renting snorkel gear (US…

7. Punta Esmeralda

11.75 MILES

Emerald Point has become a favorite beach among Playa del Carmen locals, set on the northern edge of the city. Here, a shallow cenote provides a calm…

8. Parque la Ceiba

12.25 MILES

Two blocks west of the highway, this pretty park has play areas for kids, shady picnic spots and walking trails as well as activities such as movie…