Best Cozumel Beaches
You will be delighted to see how diverse Cozumel beaches are when you visit this Caribbean paradise. There are superb family adventure beaches that feature plenty of exciting onsite amenities like Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park as well as the Faro de Punta Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park. When you are searching for offshore snorkeling opportunities then Playa Corona/Corona Beach Club or a trip to Playa El Cielo are ideal selections. If you want a laidback atmosphere then you need to visit Playa Palancar and for natural beauty with a unique coastal landscape the El Mirador is a great choice. When you are searching for more privacy with less developed facilities then Playa Chen Rio, Playa de San Martin and Punta Morena are an excellent option. Whether you want to relax, snorkel or ride down a waterslide there is a perfect beach for you.
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Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
When you are searching for a Cozumel beach that features stellar amenities such as natural beauty, wildlife, tremendous snorkeling and swimming opportunities then you need to visit Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. Located along the southwestern coastline of the island, Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is situated 5.5-miles from San Miguel and can be accessed along the south coastal road. There is an entrance fee associated with entering Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. Once inside you will be pleased with plentiful amenities that the whole family can enjoy. You can lounge under one of the many palapas on powdery white sand with excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities just offshore within the Cozumel National Marine Park. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is a vast area of natural wonder with crystal clear lagoons like Chankanaab Lagoon to wildlife watching opportunities to nature trails to a replicated Mayan ruin. Other spectacular attractions at the park include a botanical garden with 350 species of plants, several freshwater swimming pools, dolphin and sea lion shows, underwater statues and the scuba diving is superb in the Chankanaab Cozumel beach. Add-on attractions like manatee and dolphin encounters, a zipline course as well as the Snuba Seatrek are also available. There are plenty of facilities with two restaurants, showers and souvenir shops as well as a full service spa.
Photo by Paul Vladuchick
Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park
When you are seeking the largest Cozumel beach that features plenty of amenities for everyone in a lively atmosphere then you need to plan a visit to Playa Mia Grand Beach and Waterpark. Located on southwestern shoreline of the island, Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park is situated 9-miles away from San Miguel and can be access along the south coastal road. Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park boasts adventure for everyone in the family along the largest stretch of beach on Cozumel. There is an entrance fee and there are several different packages you can purchase that include upgrades like unlimited food and beverages. Once inside you will be thrilled with the amenities like non-motorized watersport equipment, 20 exciting water attractions including a 200-foot long waterslide and a 500-foot floating obstacle course, there is a kid’s club, a gigantic hydro massage tub, several freshwater swimming pools with features like swim-up bars, a children’s water park and an underwater Mayan city that you can view while snorkeling. The beach area is vast with plenty of shade from palapas and umbrellas. Swimming and snorkeling are great in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park is perfect for cruise ship passengers that want a full day of exciting fun.
Photo by Krystal Pritchett
Faro de Punta Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park
When you are ready to explore a Cozumel beach that combines the finest of nature and even a lighthouse then the Faro de Punta Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park is an excellent choice. Located at the southernmost point on the island, Faro de Punta Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park is situated on 247-acres of natural landscape and is 18-miles away from San Miguel with access provided along the south coastal road. Faro de Punta Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park is vast wonderland of mangroves, marshes and sand dunes which are loaded with wildlife including crocodiles. Once at the beach area of the park you will be thrilled with the expansive size of the sand dunes that have enough powdery white sand for you to relax. Although the reef is a considerable distance off shore the water is perfect for swimming as well as snorkeling and scuba divers will be thrilled with the cavern system known as the Devil’s Throat. There are plenty of side attractions that include the Celerain Lighthouse, a small museum and the Tumba de Caracol which is a Mayan temple constructed to Ixcel who is considered the goddess of fertility. There are facilities such as restrooms, a restaurant and showers. There is a nominal fee to enter the Faro de Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park.
When you are looking for a laidback Cozumel beach that boasts plenty of powdery white sand, coconut trees and excellent water conditions then you should plan a trip to Playa Palancar. Located along the southwestern coastline of the island, Playa Palancar is situated 12-miles from San Miguel and can be accessed for the south coastal highway. Once at the entrance to Playa Palancar you will find a fenced off lagoon that has resident crocodiles and other wildlife is abundant. On the beach you will find tremendous room on the powdery white sand that is dotted with numerous coconut trees and palapas which makes Playa Palancar an excellent place to lounge. Offshore you will find beautiful water for swimming as well as snorkeling for the first 210-feet from the shore. Further offshore you will find the world famous Palancar reef which you can explore through one of many snorkeling and scuba diving tours offered. You will find lots of facilities at Playa Palancar Cozumel beach with several small restaurants, art and craft venues as well as public restrooms.
Photo by Corey Balazowich
When you are searching to view natural wonders that will amaze you then the perfect Cozumel beach to visit is El Mirador. Located on the southeastern shoreline of the island, El Mirador is accessed by driving the east coastal road that circles the island. El Mirador is a unique natural landscape of an exposed coral reef that has been transformed by the crashing waves into a wonderful natural bridge. Once at El Mirador you will have unprecedented views of the Caribbean Sea as you walk over the natural bridge. El Mirador is not a traditional beach with sand and you are discouraged from swimming in this area of the Cozumel coastline. Another interesting feature at El Mirador is the natural Jacuzzi which can be found some 70-yards south of the natural bridge. You can relax in the Jacuzzi as the waves crash into the rocks there is water that seems to bubble up from the bottom creating a Jacuzzi type atmosphere for your body. The landscape of El Mirador also contains several blowholes, spires and tide pools.
Photo by KSI Photography
Playa Chen Rio
When you are searching a Cozumel beach that boasts natural beauty from the fauna, flora and exposed coral rock formations as well as a splendid stretch of powdery white sand then Playa Chen Rio is perfect. Located along the eastern coastline of the island, Playa Chen Rio is situated 9.5-miles from San Miguel and can be accessed from the east coastal road. Playa Chen Rio has a fabulous stretch of powdery white sand that never seems to end and is perfect for lounging as well as beach games. You will be delighted with the natural scenery at Playa Chen Rio where you will walk through native fauna as well as flora areas before you reach this beautiful beach and you will be pleased with the exposed coral rock formations. The natural cove that exists at Playa Chen Rio is 4 to 5-feet in depth and is superb for swimming as well as snorkeling with lifeguards on duty through the weekend. Playa Chen Rio is a favorite place for locals on the weekends especially Sunday which is considered family day. There is a restaurant at Playa Chen Rio on the southern end of the beach which offers food and drinks.
Photo by Trisha Fawver
Playa Corona/Corona Beach Club
When you are looking for an ideal Cozumel beach that offers tremendous opportunities for snorkeling and swimming then you should plan a trip to Playa Corona. Located along the southwestern portion of the coastline, Playa Corona has a small strip of powdery white sands with crystal clear blue waters and is 6-miles south from San Miguel with access available from the coastal road. Once at Playa Corona you will be thrilled with the beautiful clarity of the water where you will find a coral reef just offshore making Playa Corona one of the best beaches for snorkeling on the island. Stronger swimmers can reach the Chankanaab reef and Chankanaab Park which is 100-yards off the coastline. You will be delighted with the Playa Corona Beach Club which offers hammock and palapas with additional charges for food and beverage service. The Playa Corona Beach Club makes this one beach that is very easy for families to spend the whole day under the sun and in the water having fun snorkeling or swimming. There is also snorkeling equipment available for rent onsite.
Playa de San Martin
When you are seeking a less developed Cozumel beach which still offers basic amenities then Playa de San Martin is a great choice for all beach goers. Located along the central region on the eastern coastline of the island, Playa de San Martin is situated within the crescent shaped cove area of Punta Chiqueros and can be accessed in 30-minutes from San Miguel along the east side coastal road. Once at Playa de San Martin you will be thrilled with the long stretch of powdery white sand you will find that is ideal for relaxing under the sun. Before entering the water ask about current conditions but swimming is generally good at Playa de San Martin and snorkelers will be delighted with a small coral reef just offshore. Between May and June you will find Playa de San Martin closed for the local turtle breeding season. There is a restaurant at Playa de San Martin which offers basic food and drink services.
If you are seeking a more secluded Cozumel beach that offers gorgeous white sands with decent swimming conditions then Playa Punta Morena is a superb choice. Located on the southeastern shoreline of the island, Playa Punta Morena is situated 8.5-miles from San Miguel and can be accessed from the east side coastal road. Playa Punta Morena has a spectacular stretch of powdery white sand that is perfect for lounging and beach games. Swimming opportunities exist when the rip currents are not strong making this beach good for other activities like surfing. Most beaches along the east coast of the island are secluded with little services to be found because of the lack of electricity after Hurricane Wilma devastated this part of the island in 2005. Once at Playa Punta Morena you can visit the onsite beach club onsite which is constructed of distressed woods. The beach club has a wading pool, hammocks in a shaded area, a children’s play structure as well as food and beverage service. You can still view an old structure that was the original beach club before Hurricane Wilma devastated the island in 2005.
Playa El Cielo
If you are looking for a spectacular Cozumel beach that offers seclusion, white sand and serenity then you should visit Playa El Cielo. Located one-half mile off the southern shoreline of the island, Playa El Cielo also known as Heaven Beach is a sandbar that is only accessible by boat. Once at Playa El Cielo you will be amazed at the clarity of water that is generally only 3-feet in depth and is loaded with brightly colored starfish as well as sting rays which makes this place a popular spot for snorkelers. Many people who visit Playa El Cielo relax on tables and chairs in the shallow water. The white sand on the beach is like powder sugar and is ideal for lounging while being mesmerized by the clarity of the water. The jungle area which is located near Playa El Cielo Cozumel beach is unique to this part of island because the pine trees that are growing here are only found in this section of the jungle on the island.