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PAAMUL BEACH SNORKELING – PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Paamul is a small community with a magical beach located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. This bay is surrounded by palm trees, combined with a bowl of ceviche and a cold drink is about as relaxing as it gets. Its name means "hill or destroyed ruin", which hints that this was once a part of a Mayan settlement. Paamul Beach is a favorite of tourists with convenient resorts and vacation home rentals a stone-throw from the beach. It’s known for its beautiful turquoise blue colored water, white sand beach, and nearby amenities. In addition to this, it is an excellent site for snorkelers because there is a nearby reef in a cozy rocky bay.
Paamul Beach is an amazing place to enjoy a relaxed day and has options for the whole family. Swimming in the calm waters or sunbathing on the white sand are common here. You can even find some private areas around the beach. The beach surroundings include a pool, restaurant, hotel, restrooms, showers, free parking lot, a dive center, kayak rentals, trailer park, and areas for camping. Having a delicious lunch in a restaurant with a stunning view can be so relaxing, you may forget to jump in the warm water and go for a swim. Make sure to bring an underwater camera for capturing some amazing fish and corals on the beautiful reef.
While snorkeling in this beautiful place, you can find a variety of corals such as brain coral, soft avanic, elkhorn, staghorn, and many more. You will also see many different fish such as angelfish, needlefish, sergeant fish, palometa, and surgeonfish.
Franko Maps have nice fish ID cards you can download or purchase. Click here
Reef Divers has a great selection of Coral Identification cards. Click here
WHAT TO BRING
Because this is a nice shallow reef, the best items to bring with you are Mask, Snorkel, and Fins. You should be able to clearly see everything from the surface, yet easily be able to dive down to get a closer look. The ReefTourer M/S/F set is an affordable, super travel-friendly, comfortable set to bring along with you to locations like Paamul Beach. Don’t forget your sunblock!