The Best Cozumel Beaches

Cozumel beaches are not only some of the best beaches in Mexico but many are also ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.


In the early 1960's French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau stated that this island was one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas in Mexico and the world!

The beautiful clear water (depending on season) allows divers visibility of up to and amazing 200 feet! If you have been considering snorkeling or scuba diving as part of your Mexico beach vacation , Cozumel is a must!

Cozumel beaches and shores offer variety allowing for different beach activities. You will find fine white sand beaches to relax on and soak up the sun. Other beaches on Cozumel are rocky and made up of limestone. These rocky areas are the best for snorkeling or scuba diving. The third type are the man made beaches where hotels have built the beaches to accommodate their guests.

The Cozumel beaches located on the leeward side or west side of Cozumel are sheltered from storms and are the busiest since they are also closest to town.

You will also find "beach clubs". These beach clubs may charge a small entrance fee to beach areas. They offer shade areas, lounge chairs, restaurant, drinks etc. Isn't that what you love to do at the beach anyways? Enjoy!!

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We will start with some of the best and most popular Cozumel beaches on the west or leeward side.

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• Isla de Pasion • (Passion Island)

Isla Pasion or Passion Island is a beautiful privately owned little island in Cozumel, Mexico. The beach on Passion Island itself is often reviewed as the best beach in Cozumel. It is also rated as one of the best attractions for its fun activities or just a relaxing day at its white sandy beach!

Isla de Pasion or Passion Island in Cozumel offers all inclusive day trips that make it one of the
10 best things to do on Cozumel
by Trip Advisor.

• Chankanaab Lagoon Beach •

Chankanaab Park and its beach is a great place to spend the day. This natural reserve in Cozumel is one of the most popular for scuba diving or snorkeling on the island! Full of fish and limestone caves Chankanaab Park is sure to be a very memorable part of your Cozumel beach vacation.

View our full page about Chankanaab Park here ! Fun for the whole family, dolphins included!

• Playa San Francisco or San Francisco Beach •

Just south and a 15 minute ride from the cruise ship terminal lies Playa San Francisco or San Francisco Beach . It is a 5Km. (3 Miles) long beach made of terrific white and gold sand.

You will find lots of water activities such as parasailing, jet ski rentals, banana boat rides and more!

Scuba divers love San Francisco Beach as their launching point for the offshore reef there as well as Santa Rosa Wall. Snorkeling is also very popular here.

Visit our full page about this beautiful beach and all it has to offer here!

• Paradise Beach •

Recently adding a large swimming pool and lots of water toys, Paradise Beach is sure to be a real treat for the kids and also for grown ups. Featuring parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling and more!

Food and drinks are served on the beach so you need not worry about going anywhere.

Admission to the beach area of Paradise Beach is free. Lounge chairs are a minimal fee and you can get a "Fun Pass" to enjoy snorkeling and all the water toys available with that pass.

• Playa Palancar •

You will find peace and serenity on Playa Palancar or Palancar Beach . Palm trees and a gentle sea breeze accompanied with beautiful sand. If you are looking to have a calm relaxing day on this may be the beach for you.

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• Eastern or Windward Side Cozumel Beaches •

Cozumel beaches on the windward or eastern side are more secluded and offer peace and serenity. If you love to go for a nice drive why not rent a car or Jeep! You may also enjoy renting a scooter!

These Cozumel beaches offer sunbathing at its best. If you are looking for beach thrills, activities and people watching, it is best to stay on the leeward side or West side of Cozumel. The beaches on the East side of Cozumel are great for relaxing, romantic beach strolls and sunbathing. Bring a good book and get away from the crowds on this side of Cozumel! Don't forget the suntan oil!

The best beaches to visit on the eastern side are...

• Punta Morena •

This is a pretty good beach if you like to surf. Cozumel is not known for outstanding surfing but this is as good as it gets! There is a small cove where it is quite safe to swim if you are looking for an ocean dip. The beach club at Punta Morena offers food, a wading pool for the kids and change rooms.

• Chen Rio •

Playa Chen Rio or Chen Rio Beach offers lush vegetation providing shade and the small restaurant there apparently serves fresh seafood and Civiche. A protected cove offers a fairly safe area for swimming. Chen Rio Beach is most likely the safest beach on the East side or windward side to swim at but, as always, use extreme caution. Stay well away from the opening leading out to sea.

• Playa Oriente •

Your hosts on Playa Oriente are Mezcalito's Bar & Grill. This is the most popular beach club on the East side of Cozumel. Established in 1979 and still going strong. Visit Mezcalito's website.


East side beaches can also be more dangerous with waves and undercurrents that can take you out to sea. For the safest of Cozumel beaches we strongly recommend the West side of Cozumel. Always exercise caution in the ocean.
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• Photo Credits for our Cozumel beaches page•
Top photo: Flickr photo by John P.C.
Scuba with turtle: Flickr photo by rwe0207
Corona on beach:Flickr photo by antisubliminal
Chankanaab Lagoon Beach:Flickr photo, zyshi
Playa San Francisco: Flickr photo by www.dolphindiscovery.com
Paradise Beach: Flickr photo by bogston
Playa Palancar: Picasa photo by Maureen
Hammock at Mezcalito's Bar & Grillflickr: Flickr photo, BluEyedA73
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