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Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

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Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

Hi, on this website it says that the entire northern shore is dangerous because the current pulls you towards the mainland instead of back towards Cozumel. Does anybody know if this affects snorkeling up to like 100-200 yards/meters from shore?

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1. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

Shore snorkelling from El Coz is quite calm unless there is a north wind. The current typically flows north in that area. I usedntomwalk south down the beach and get in around Playa Azul and have pleasantly paced snorkel back to El Coz.

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2. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

The current is usually stronger farther from shore in that area and 100-200 meters out I would think wouldnt have as much good snorkeling anyway as it is fairly deep that far out. Most of the good stuff is closer up north. IMO

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3. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

The ElCoz is protected by a cement pier, It's very calm unless you co past the end of the pier. The good snorkeling is in close by the coral anyway, no reason to go out that far.

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4. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

we are here right now (so I'll provide my thoughts for anybody that finds this post) and as 04HOG said there is no current up to the end of the pier. but even the current after the pier is not that strong. we still managed to swim against it without fins, just a little more effort than going the other way :D

best place to snorkel:

don't bother snorkeling directly by the pier. yes there are plenty of fish there to see, but the water is a bit murky from all the sand. instead really swim south of the hotel between Playa Azul and El Cozumeleno like suggested by KACOntario

- water twice as clear and you actually see the colors of the fish

- more variety of fish

- slow current allows you to drift back

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5. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

El Coz has a great current. Walk out to the beach, turn LEFT, walk down as far as you like, enter the water and let it take you back up to the El Coz. Its great!

There is no reason to go out 1-200 m/ft as it drops off rapidly and you cant see anything. Stay in 5-15' and you will be just fine.

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6. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

It's also roped off between the pier in front of El Coz. No need to worry about any currents there. You certainly don't want to go past the rope, that's where boats come in to the pier.

There's plenty of fish around the pier and the rocks...not normally murky at all.

Many times, I've walked down to the old abandoned hotel and entered there and drifted back to El Coz. You wouldn't want to do that though, if the winds is out of the north....you would be fighting against the currents.

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7. Re: Strong Current to Snorkel at El Coz?

we went snorkeling every day by the pier as well as between El Coz and the abandoned building.

the current was not once a problem. On days with no waves and no winds the current would move you from the abandoned building to El Coz but we even managed to swim against it all the way up (being out of breath after about 100 yards though). On days where we had strong winds from the north (3 out of 7) we found that things cancelled each other out and moving north or south was easily possible. No matter if windy day or not, the visibility was always better than right by the pier.

There were plenty of fish by the pier but most of them of the same type. Nothing compared to the stretch between the abandoned building and el Coz where we saw so many different species including lobsters, lion fish, sandfish, etc. As long as you bring water shoes or short fins to walk down the beach and not have to worry about sea urchins or sharp coral, this is definitely worth the short walk!!!

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