Welcome To Cozumel
A gorgeous tropical island just off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula (across from Play del Carmen), Cozumel has some of the most beautiful waters in the Riviera Maya and is a top beach and diving destination.
There are plenty of cookie-cutter beach clubs on Cozumel sporting groomed beaches with pools, thumping music, lounge chairs, and other amenities. Yet most charge exorbitant fees and can be overly crowded with tourists and noisy children. That’s all well and good for some, but here at Island Life, we are all about getting away from it all!
Our list below only includes stunning wild beaches to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature at its finest.
The Island Life Way!
1. Punta Morena Beach
Are you looking to really escape the crowds?
This beautiful stretch of sand and turquoise water on the remote East Coast of Cozumel is easily reached with a car or motorbike. Bring a blanket and lay out on Punta Morena’s white sand, or make a purchase to use a lounger or hammock at the adjacent local restaurant. Bathrooms and showers are available. There’s a small pool by the restaurant, but with the ocean so idyllic, you probably won’t even use it!
2. Chen Rio Beach
One of the most beautiful spots on the island, Chen Rio is more than just a beach as a narrow lagoon makes for an extraordinarily picturesque place to relax in the water. We consider this a MUST VISIT locale when exploring the island.
Chen Rio can be a little bit busy at times, and prices at the nearby restaurant are steeper than elsewhere, but don’t let that dissuade you! The natural beauty of the area is absolutely worth it. Playa Chen Rio is also on the remote East Coast of the island.
3. Passion Island Beach
Yes, this is actually an island off the north coast of Cozumel! To get there, you can visit the island as part of an all-day boat tour package or take a ferry over from Cozumel’s north coast. To get to the ferry terminal, you’ll need to rent a jeep or arrange a ride with a local outfitter, as the dirt road up to the terminal is bumpy and about 30 minutes north of town.
Passion Island has a restaurant and some umbrellas, loungers, and hammocks, but that’s it! Besides that, this beautiful little tropical gem is truly a taste of the Island Life!
4. Punta Sur Ecological Beach Park
This wonderful eco-reserve on the southern tip of Cozumel is well worth the small entrance fee. There are protected lagoons with wild crocodiles and birds galore, a lighthouse you can climb to the top of for epic views, and then the beach area… This is one of our favorites.
Several restaurants line the entrance to the beach zone with loungers and decent food, beer and cocktails. But we suggest you keep walking up the beach. This stretch seems to go on forever! Walk ten minutes up from the restaurants, and you’ll feel like you’re on your own private island. Find a place to throw down a blanket and jump in the water. Bring some snorkel masks and look for turtles, or just swim in the turquoise water. An excellent day out.
5. San Martin Beach
On the wild East Coast of Cozumel, this long stretch of white sand is perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip. The currents can be a bit strong here sometimes, but wading and swimming in the shallows are a delight.
This is one of the more remote beaches to reach, so you’ll need a car or a hired driver to get there. Near Chen Rio.
Yucatan Highlights Map
Below is a map of many of our highlights in the Yucatan. To open the table of contents, click on the icon in the top left corner of the map. This will allow you to sort through the different types of highlights! Click on the points of interest or the icons on the map itself to access additional info. You can open the map in its own window to make it larger if you’d like.
What is “The Island Life?”
To some, it is lazing barefoot in a hammock on the beach… sipping a pina colada under the shade of a native coconut palm.
To others, it’s a sweat-soaked hike through the jungle… to leap off a waterfall into the turquoise waters below.
To us, Island life is all of these things and so much more.
From jungle adventures to catamaran sailing, scuba diving to ancient temple exploring, there is so much to discover with Island Life.