Cozumel Beaches

Cozumel Beaches
Cozumel beaches draw visitors from around the world, and it is no wonder why once you see the shimmering turquoise waters, fine white sand, and ideal weather conditions. Cozumel is situated in the Caribbean Sea, just off of the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is within easy striking distance of the Playa del Carmen and Cancun beaches for those people who wish to visit a variety of beach destinations on their vacation. The main town on the island of Cozumel is San Miguel, although there is plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife in and around the host of luxury resorts and hotels spread throughout the island. Although Cozumel is popular for sunbathing, fishing, and simply relaxing in the sun, this particular destination is best known for diving and snorkeling. You can bet that you will not leave disappointed, whether you are an expert or novice diver, as these waters are some of the best in the world for underwater exploration.

Playa Corona

Playa Corona is perhaps the best of all the Cozumel beaches for offshore snorkeling. Together with the beach at Dzul-Ha, you will not find much better on the island. The shallow waters stretch for at least 100 yards and provide excellent visibility of the stellar Chankanaab Reef. This is one of the little beaches where you will find a nice variety of tiki bars, tiny eateries, and other places to sit back and relax in your bathing suit, enjoying a drink in the warming sun. Sometimes there are lifeguards on duty, but not all the time. During busier times you will find guards on duty, but a good general rule for Mexican beaches in general is to keep an eye on the little ones yourself, as many times, they are simply too big and crowded. You are not likely to have this problem on the beaches of Cozumel Mexico. Playa Corona is located on the western end of the island where the waters are much calmer because of the protection of the Chankanaab Reef.

Nachi-Cocom

Nachi-Cocom is another of the popular beaches located on the southwestern coast of Cozumel. Here you will find swim-up bars, a freshwater pool, and access to rentals for everything from jet skiing to kayaking. There are a number of places to get a bite to eat. The fare is common to this kind of beach in Mexico, and includes hamburgers, nachos, fish tacos, and other such touristy, semi-authentic dishes. You can also rent all of the gear you need for snorkeling and diving. Nachi-Cocom is a great place to visit for people who like to have a range of things to do to go along with relaxing and sunbathing.

Playa San Francisco

This is one of the first public beach developments that really took off in Cozumel. Here you will find rentals, lifeguards on duty, beach bars, and, of course, seemingly endless stretches of beautiful sand and gentle water. As this beach is on the western side of the island, it is a perfect place for diving, snorkeling, and swimming.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is an extremely popular area for diving and snorkeling, also on the western side of the island between the marina and Dzul Ha. It is one of the closest beaches to the town of San Miguel Cozumel and there is a staging area for diving, snuba, and snorkeling. The beach is perfect for relaxing and swimming and there are public facilities, as well as lifeguards on duty during the day. The close proximity of this beach to town makes it a good choice for people who have a limited amount of time on the island. You can enjoy the water and also the shopping, dining, and cultural attractions in town.

Playa Uvas

Playa Uvas is also located on the western end of the island. It offers a bit more upscale experience, as it is decorated with more taste. The food is a little better, but none of that matters too much when you witness the sheer beauty of the beach and the ocean. Enjoy gorgeous outdoor seating areas with shade, access to a wide range of water sports, swimming pools, swim-up bars, and much more.

There are some more remote beaches, especially on the eastern side. Many of them feature ruins and other interesting artifacts. The water is not nearly as calm and there are hardly any public facilities, but they are well worth exploring if you have the time. These include Playa Bonita, Playa Oriente, and Playa Chen Rio.

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