By now you might have heard about the sargassum that has been coming to shore in parts of the Caribbean and Riviera Maya, but the beautiful beaches in Cozumel are pristine, great for swim and free of the seaweed. Situated off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, just a quick ferry ride from downtown Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is home to one of the world’s top cruise ship ports and is a major beach and diving destination, offering easy access to everything the magical Riviera Maya has to offer.
“The island of Cozumel is perfect for enjoying beach, catamaran or sail-and-snorkel tours,” wrote Travel+Leisure. “Self-drive jungle jeeps, ATVs and dune buggy tours are a fun way to explore the island with a stop for a tequila tasting and time relaxing at the beach”.
Does Cozumel have the seaweed problem?
No, the west side of Cozumel island is seaweed free. The coasts are clear for hotels / resorts so you can enjoy white sand and clean beaches.
Whether you stay in the main tourism areas or venture off the beaten path, Cozumel beaches offer a wide variety of exciting restaurants, activities and sightseeing opportunities. With sugar-fine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters and gently swaying palm trees, the beaches of Cozumel are perfect for swimming and having fun with the family! From snorkeling along the world’s second largest barrier reef to exploring ancient Mayan ruins or just taking a swim before a long nap on the beach, Cozumel has everything it takes for an ideal beach vacation!
The rocky, unprotected East coast of Cozumel is home to some out-of-the-way spots that travelers seeking solitude will adore and there is only one main road that runs along the island’s eastern shore, so be prepared to take your time if you decide to explore this part of the coastline.
What are the best beaches to go to in Cozumel?
1. Playa Chen Rio - which is ideal for swimming and snorkeling in the shallows
2. Playa Bonita - which is also great for swimming or kayaking and home to a small Mayan ruin
3. Playa Corona - is a small but well-known beach on the western
4. Playa Uvas - offers a more high-end Cozumel beach experience
5. Dzul Ha
6. Sunset Beach
7. Playa Palancar
The west coast of Cozumel is much more developed and therefore more popular with tourists. Although usually a bit more crowded, this does have its advantages - especially if you want to stay in close proximity to a beach restaurant and bar!
Also located on the island’s western coast, Paradise beach is ideal for families and one of the most popular beaches of Cozumel, with calm waters and pristine sandy shores. There is also a swimming pool, restaurant and a handful of basic boutiques to browse, offering an ideal way to spend a lazy day in the Mexican Caribbean sun!
Nature lovers should check out the Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, which spans 2,500 acres and is home to many different species of exotic birds, crocodiles, sea turtles and more. The El Caracol Mayan ruins are also found here, as well as a small local maritime museum. When you visit, be sure to take a dip in the tranquil Laguna Colombia, where catamaran and kayak tours are also available.
Chankanaab National Water Park in Cozumel
Finally, the Chankanaab National Water Park - whose Mayan name translates to “Little Sea”, is a fantastic choice for diving and snorkeling tours, as well as dolphin encounters and spending a languid day at the beach. Other activities available here include zip-lining, tequila factory tours, exploring lush tropical gardens and hiking nature trails.
So, whether you opt to stay on the island itself or decide to travel back and forth from downtown Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya mainland, many different activities and adventures are waiting to be discovered on the beautiful beaches of Cozumel, Mexico!
Do you have questions about vacationing in Cozumel? Post them in the comments!
Still trying to decide where to stay on your next Mexico vacation? Check out our blog, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres or Holbox: Best Yucatan Peninsula Beaches and see more about this magical part of Mexico!