Isla Cozumel sits in the Carribean and is one of Mexico’s largest islands. It is a versatile destination, that offers both serene beaches and family resorts with a load of activities. The west side of the island is more popular, with sandy beaches, richer marine life, and calmer waters. The east coast, on the other hand, is wilder and not as safe – but still worth the visit.
If you plan to visit Cozumel for your next holiday, we recommend you to visit one of the beaches from this list.
A playground for children and a stress gateway for adults, Paradise Beach offers an exciting and memorable experience for the whole family. It sits on the western side of the Isla Cozumel and features a massive aqua park where children can play with an array on inflatable water toys such as trampolines and wall-climbing icebergs. Adults can test their skills in one of the water sports including snorkeling, kayaking or jet skiing or simply enjoy a cocktail in one of the sun lounges. The beach restaurant offers amazing food which makes Paradise beach an ideal location to spend a lazy day in the sun. If you don’t mind slight crowds and energic atmosphere, we’re sure you’ll have a blast on this beach.
If snorkeling is your favorite summer activity, then you definitely shouldn’t miss Playa Corona. It is located near the cruise port, which makes it a great spot for a quick swim between your excursions. Another big advantage of this beach is that isn’t too crowded since most tourists prefer a typical “sand beach” experience which is not the case here. However, it is one of the best dive spots on the island and offers an exceptional underwater experience. The beach huts are scattered all over the Playa Corona, allowing you to relax in the shadows after exploring the famous Chankanaab Reef. Affordable local food at a nearby shop is also a big plus, of course.
Playa San Francisco
For those who plan to spend some time near the cruise ship terminal, the San Francisco beach is a must. It doesn’t have an iconic red bridge like it’s namesake, but the golden-white sand spreading over 3 miles makes it a must-visit location in and of itself. The beach is packed with water activities, including jet ski, banana boat rides, and parasailing. Once you’re done with swimming for the day, head out to one of the two famous beach clubs – Nachi Cocom and Mr. Sanchos.
Dotted with palm trees and beach clubs, Playa Palancar is a dreamy beach that caters to all your holiday needs. It boasts with the whitest sand in all of Cozumel and free access for all guests. There are many vendors that offer all rentals you need, including jet skis, umbrellas, and snorkeling gear. You can also book an excursion or take part in one of the organized dive tours. Massages are available throughout the beach for complete relaxation and valuable “me time”. Once you’ve tried all the activities, we recommend trying some seafood dishes at one of the restaurants. If you want a more luxurious experience, check out their VIP card that gives you access to free chairs and umbrellas, as well as amenities such as tennis courts and a fitness club.
If you’re looking for a secluded beach option with no crowds, then you must check out the Chen Rio beach. It is located on the opposite side of the cruise port. It isn’t protected from Mexico’s waves and tides, so not the best option for all day of swimming. Nevertheless, you can enjoy sheltered areas near the Chen Rio rocks, which are an amazing spot for snorkelers as well. The rich vegetation provides shade and the crystal clear water creates a serene atmosphere. There is also a picturesque restaurant that serves fresh seafood and delicious local dishes. Although not an ideal location for families with small children, Chen Rio is one of the best Cozumel beaches to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Playa Mia is another great option near the Cozumel cruise port. It does have a $30 entrance fee but it’s well worth it – you will gain access to the beach club with all amenities you need. That includes restrooms, waterparks, restaurant, children’s section, pool and more. Playa Mia is particularly popular for families since it is safe and offers many fun activities. It is the closest beach to the cruise port, so you can expect larger crowds when compared to other options. However, if you are looking for that ideal ‘tropical island’ experience with clear water and white sand, then you will love it here. It is also a good spot for snorkelers, with an underwater “Mayan City” you and your children will love.