We have been to Cozumel many times, and every time we try to check out as many popular beaches as possible. One week is actually enough time to explore the best beaches this island has to offer! If you’re looking for more information for your next trip to Cozumel, check out our detailed Cozumel Travel Guide. In this beach guide we’ll score and rank the top 3 beaches that we visited, rating their water, sand, waves, location, and convenience to other amenities. We’re using Mexican beaches as the baseline with a 5 in any category being considered average. We decided not to give a number for waves because there is no universal definition of a “good wave.” If you’re a surfer, you want something entirely different than someone relaxing on the beach with a couple of cocktails. Instead of a number we will give a general description of the waves!
Watch this Snorkeling Vlog to see shots from Playa Chen Rio and Playa Palancar!
3. Playa El Cielo
|SAND : 8||WATER : 5|
|LOCATION : 1||AMENITIES : 1|
Six doesn’t feel like a high enough score for such a great beach, but that’s just how the math works out. Don’t let the number deter you – go! Just be sure to bring your own towels, food, drinks, and anything else you need. Also it might be a good idea to have your taxi driver wait for you, because drivers won’t pass by here very often.
2. Playa Chen Rio
|SAND : 10||WATER : 10|
|LOCATION : 9||AMENITIES : 6|
This was probably our favorite of the beaches that we went to, and that’s because we chose to use it as a means to disconnect for the day. The cell service here is very limited, so we decided not to use it at all. We brought food and drinks, hung out with friends, and just soaked up the Mexican sun. If you’re looking for privacy, relaxation, and don’t mind sacrificing a couple of amenities, this is the place to go.
1. Playa Palancar
|SAND : 10||WATER : 10|
|LOCATION : 9||AMENITIES : 10|
Playa Palancar takes the cake in our rankings of the beaches we visited, and it is due entirely to the beach club. It is an immaculate beach with perfect sand and water, and the restaurant and beach club make sure you have everything you need. This one, along with Chen Rio, is a must in your time on Cozumel.
That’s it for our guide to the top 3 beaches in Cozumel! We hope you learned a bit and enjoyed reading. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below or email us at [email protected].
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