Best Beaches in Cozumel

By Tee1

Ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, the best beaches in Cozumel offer more than an amazing beach spot  to kick back with a drink in your hand. Cozumel’s beaches are not only some of the best beaches in Mexico but compare well with the rest of the world.

No less an authority than Jacques Cousteau, the French underwater explorer, stated that this island was one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas both Mexico and the wider world in the early 60’s!

Where is Cozumel? 20°42′N 86°92′W

Snorkeling from the best beaches in Cozumel

The visibility in Cozumel can be up to 200ft. That exact number depends on the season. No matter when you go, you will not be disappointed. The amazing water is simply beautiful and clear. Cozumel needs to be considered if you in the planning stages of a Mexican beach vacation. It should definitely be included, if diving or snorkeling is going to be a part of your dive trip.

At the best beaches in Cozumel, there will be a large number of options for beach activities. In general, if you are not familiar with Mexico, it’s fun. A lot of fun. Don’t be surprised at the quality of the fine white sand beaches like Brittany, while you chill and soak up the sun. Some of the beach spots on Cozumel are rocky and made up of limestone. Typically, these areas will be the best spots for snorkeling or diving. Mass tourism has led to the creation of man made beaches compliments to the many fine beach resorts. Mexico knows how to please even the most difficult tourist with these beaches.

On the leeward side  (west) side of the island, the beaches are protected from storms and rough weather.  Since these are also closest to town,  they are also the busiest.

Hop on the ferry from Playa del Carmel to Cozumel

Expect beach clubs to charge a small cover or entrance fee to use their beach areas. You will get some lounge chairs and shade, a beach restaurant, and great drinks. Highly recommended.

The best beaches of Cozumel

Isla de Pasion • (Passion Island)

Isla Pasión  or Passion Island is a beautiful private island in Cozumel, Mexico. The beach on Passion Island itself is widely considered to be the best of the best beaches in Cozumel. For fun activities or just a kicking back for the day at this white sandy beach its an ideal spot!

Look for an all inclusive day trip.

Chankanaab Lagoon Beach

Think about spending a day at the beach at Chankanaab Park for snorkeling or diving at this popular natural reserve! Limestone caves and lots of tropical fish are on order.

Other great spots in Cozumel:

  • Playa San Francisco or San Francisco Beach 
  • Paradise Beach 
  • Playa Palancar 

Eastern or Windward Side Cozumel Beaches

The best beaches to visit on the eastern side are…

  • Punta Morena 
  • Chen Rio 
  • Playa Oriente