Spearfishing Cancun – The Ultimate Guide

Are you interested in spearfishing in the beautiful turquoise waters of Cancun? If you are, read on to learn about the spearfishing regulations, the best locations and the types of fish Cancun has to offer.

Cancun – A Brief History

The history of Cancun is a long and storied one, dating back to the days when the Mayan civilization called it home. The first European settlers arrived in the area in the early 16th century, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that Cancun really began to take shape as the tourist destination we know it as today.

Are There Spearfishing Regulations In Cancun?

In order to spearfish in Cancun, you must have a valid fishing license. You can purchase a temporary fishing license at most bait and tackle shops for about $15 per day. A Mexican Sport Fishing License is available for purchase online or at select locations. At the time of writing this post, the cost of a Mexican Sport Fishing License is $21.00 USD for 7 days, $42.00 USD for 14 days, or $63.00 USD for 28 days. In most cases, if you charter a boat and have a guide a fishing license is included, but of course, check with the captain.

There are no size or bag limits for most fish species in Cancun. However, there are a few exceptions. Billfish (marlin, sailfish, and swordfish) must be released immediately if caught. Shark fishing is prohibited within the Cancun Hotel Zone. There is also a closed season for lobsters.

Where Are The Best Spearfishing Locations In Cancan?

Some popular spearfishing spots in Cancun include the reefs off of Playa Delfines, Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen, and Isla Mujeres. There are also great spearfishing spots around Cozumel and Tulum.

The best time of year for spearfishing in Cancun is typically between June and August. The water is warm and there are plenty of fish to be found.

If you’re interested in taking a spearfishing guide/charter, we recommend contacting one of the following companies:

– Spearfishing Today – Click Here

– Blue Marlin Spearfishing Charters: +52 1 998 243 4481

– Cancun Spearfishing: +52 1 998 172 6256

– Riviera Maya Spearfishing: +52 1 984 206 3354

Not me, but check out this video. It shows different locations in the Cancun area, types of fish, and lobster. Good stuff!


Types of Fish

There are a variety of fish that you can spearfish in Cancun, including barracuda, bonito, grouper, mackerel, snapper, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and tuna. Spearfishing is a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing underwater life in Cancun. Not to mention, it’s a delicious way to get your seafood fix!

Can You Spearfish for Lobster?

Yes, you can spearfish for lobster in Cancun. The best time to do this is during the lobster season, Click here to find out the latest season…things change. Lobsters are plentiful in the waters off Cancun. You will need a valid fishing license to spearfish for lobster in Cancun. As mentioned you can get a fishing license from the Mexican government or from a licensed tour operator.

I suggest using a pole spear when going after lobster in Cancun. Lobsters are quicker than you think and you can use the pole spear in holes where you might not want to stick your hands. That being said don’t overdo it using a pole spear. Before you shoot make sure the lobster is of legal size. The tail must be at least 13.5 cm. Also, don’t overdo it when pulling back your pole spear band. Too much power and you will obliterate the lobster…don’t waste anything!

If you would like to learn some tips on how to use a pole spear click here. Interested in our top pole spear recommendations – click here.

Recommended Spearfishing Gear

Some recommended gear suggestions are below. Here’s also a link to my Recommended Gear page where you can find other useful gear when spearfishing.

Here are a few of my top recommendations, which I found super useful when spearfishing.

Wrap Up

Cancun is well-known for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters, but it is also a great place to go spearfishing. There are many different types of fish that can be caught in Cancun, including mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, snapper, and more.

There are several charter companies that offer spearfishing trips in Cancun, and they can take you to some of the best spots in the area. Spearfishing is a great activity to do while on vacation in Cancun, and it is something that the whole family can enjoy.