Looking for the most beautiful beaches near the Cozumel cruise port? You came to the right place!
Not all the beaches on Cozumel have that white sand and tropical atmosphere most people are looking for. Many of them are rocky and exposed to the Gulf of Mexico’s tides and waves. And though some do like to endeavour on these secluded beaches to have a more authentic vacation, it’s not the right fit for anyone.
Here, we focus on the beaches that are located near the cruise port. The log stretches of white sand make these locations ideal spots in and of themselves, while the additional amenities and activities make them even more pleasurable! What’s even better, they are all just a ten to twenty minute ride from the port, so you will be able to take a swim in the ocean as soon as you arrive to this memorable island. So, what are the best beaches on this side of the island?
Featuring white, soft sand and perfectly clear water, El Cielo beach is one of the most beautiful spots on this side of the island. The water is shallow and uncontained, which is shown by the rich sealife you’ll be able to explore right as you take your first dive. It’s a favorite spot not only for visitors – but for starfishes, colorful tropical fishes and stingrays as well! Though you’ll meet these water residents near the shore, you should also consider having a boat tour to the sandbar that is blooming with sea life. If you snorkel to the coral reefs nearby, you might even stumble upon a sea turtle. Perfect for animal lovers and newbie wildlife explorers, El Cielo caters to both solo travelers and families.
Want to enjoy clear water and have a gourment meal as well? Buccanos Resort might be the right spot for you. Catering to foodies excited to try local dishes, the restaurant on Buccanos is one of the best on the island. While you’re not enjoy their tasty meals, take a swim in the mesmerizing blue water or the oceanside swimming pool. If you’re in for an adventourous time, try out one of the many activites, including parasailing, kayak rental, rock climbing facility and wave runners. Once it’s time to relax, have a massage or drink a signature cocktail in the shade of a palapa. Also popular for snorkelers, this beach is a 20 minute drive from the cruise port.
If you don’t mind having a slightly longer ride to get away from the huge crowds, you will enjoy the San Martin beach. It’s one of the most secluded sandy beaches on the island, and perfect for those who want an authentic experience. There aren’t many vendors there – so make sure you have everything you need, while the El Diablo restaurant will take care of your meals. San Martin will help you forget all your real-life troubles through it’s out-of-this-world view and beautiful clear water.
One of the closest beaches to the cruise port, Sunset Beach came straight out of the snorkeler’s dreams! Although it isn’t the best for those looking for endless stretches of soft sand it is the most popular spot to have an underwater experience. You can rent snorkeling gear and scuba equipment at the property’s Snorkel shop, and you can also check out one of the water sports such as a fly-board. The Sunset Beach Restaurant offers all amnenities you need, including some seriously good dishes.
No Cozumel beach guide would be complete without the Paradise Beach, an all-around destination located just 5 miles from the cruise port. It has a small entrance fee that gives you access to a load of activities, including paddle boards, snorkel gear and kayaks. Paradise beach is a favorite spot for families, and the entrancee fee also includes access to water toys such as water slides, trampolines and climbing icebergs. Once you are ready to relax, drink a cocktail by the heated pool and let all your worries float away.
Just a ten minute ride from the cruise port, Chankanaab is much more than a beach. It was declared a national park some fourty years ago and takes care of the region’s flora and fauna. Beside having a swim at the beach, you can also meet a whole lot of different animals. Swim with the dolphins and manatees, have a horseback ride or have a look at the crocodile farm – Chankaanab is a must visit for animal lovers. It also offers interesting tours and exhibitions, so you’ll get a beach experience and culture exploration in one!
Featuring beautiful white and soft sand, Palancar represents the typical Carribean beach on Coozumel. It is one of the most popular options, but large enough for you to be able to find your spot – and doesn’t have an entrance fee, which is always a big plus. For even better experience of the beach, you can get a day pass, that gives you access to al amnenities such as swimming pools, water-sports equipment, beach chairs and umbrellas! The on-site vendors offer plenty of interesting excursions such as the one to nearby reef that offers an amazing diving experience.