One of the most beautiful things about Cozumel is the beach.
These beaches change constantly, with time, with storms, by
people. The beaches of Cozumel offer an array of activities and
The beaches of Cozumel are within the "Zona Federal". By law, the first 20 meters (65.6 feet) of the beachfront is public land. In spite of the law, there are a few properties who have blocked off their beaches or somehow have managed to restrict entrance. Most of the hotels are very receptive to people using their beaches since this usually invites business for them by way of their facilities such as restaurants, stores, dive services, etc. The all inclusive hotels pay to restrict access yet allow people to cross through the property They do not have access to the beaches, and ammenities offered by the Hotel.
Whenever you are at the beach, Please be careful to pick up your own trash. When I take my family, we always have an extra bag (or two) and do a quick beach clean-up. We don’t worry about things that are biodegradable, but concentrate on styrofoam and plastics.
We used to pick up treasures on the beach, when my kids were small. We found many
beautiful shells, rocks, glass pieces, plastic toys, even interesting
logs from dead trees. We made jewelry, wind chimes (some don’t really
make sounds), decorate boxes,baskets, hair barrettes, wall hangings,
and all kinds of sculptures, and gifts. We had fun using our artistic
Today, there are so few treasures along the beaches. The storms washed away the main bulk. Hurricane Gilbert, Keith, Roxanne, Emily and Wilma, just to name a few. The hundreds of cruise ship guests, although welcome with open arms, added to the disappearance of shells. They might pick up the ones they find, but there are salesmen who gather them to sell to tourists in the streets, for just a few dollars!
As I snorkel along the western coast of the island, I have only a few sightings of shells. Let's each do our part to leave shells, and beautiful things where they are. Even if a rock is not alive, if it's interesting to you, it's probably interesting to a fish looking for a hiding place.
Let's help preserve the ocean!
Going east from the Pemex gas station on Ave. Benito Juarez will take you to the other side. (Make sure you do not take rental vehicles up the road to the north —(or left) — from where the paved road gets to the other side of the island. This is specifically prohibited by your car-rental contract and you can be fined) The paved road leads you south along the ocean-front on the east side of the island, makes a loop along the south side, then heads north along the west side, leading you back to the heart of downtown San Miguel.
If you take the route described above instead of going south from the downtown area, you’ll meet the following different beach areas:
The road leading to the other side is about 8 miles. When you finally get to the ocean, there is a cute little beach-side bar that serves some good munchies like ceviche, guacamole, nachos, and cold beer. There are gift shops selling Mexican blankets, shells, and souvenirs. The road north of here is not easily drivable except for the first mile or so. We don’t recommend you take a rental vehicle up this road. It is strictly prohibited by your car-rental contract.
This road is a dirt/sand “dune-buggy only” road that leads to the
northern lighthouse and “El Castillo” (Cozumel's highest Mayan
structure perched beside the turquoise shore. There is no access
allowed to this ruin. There are a few other Mayan ruins. CAUTION:
Insurance on your rental
vehicle is null and void when you leave the paved road.
Going south from the turn-off after getting to the other side used to
rustic palapa beach bar and restaurant. The buildings were ruined in
Hurricane Wilma, Oct. 2005.
There used to be cute bungalows and a delcious restaurant.
From May-August is the turtle egg-laying season. Be aware that guests aren’t allowed to build beach fires but during the winter months. During the winter months, the rocky perch has a perfect inlet to build a camp fire without the danger of uncontrolled fires. If you like roughing it under the stars, the waves, and the surf, this is a good healthy family outing as well as a romantic getaway. Not a good snorkeling area. Boogie boards love it here in these waves.
Punta Morena is famous for its body surfing waves.
Nacho was always here. He has been the island's best surfer for years. He teaches as well as surfs every day. You can rent boogies boards and enjoy the waves. There is a dangerous undertow so be sure to ask him where you can safely go in and out of the water.
This used to be the center for the turtle hatchery too. A great restaurant bar above the only 'cliff' on this side of the island, with a fantastic view and good food. Please be careful not to walk on the soft sand underneath. Previously, it was full of caverns with sand walls-a popular spot among the romantic minded couples.
Popular beach for kite boarders, wind surfers, surfers, and volleyball lovers. You'll see
some world class kite boarding over here. Shown here: Adam Withington
A little bay sheltered by a little rock outcrop is the setting of this
island delight. There is a restaurant with tasty food, cold beer and
margaritas. There is a small area on the north side that is perfect for
small children as the water is shallow and the waves are gentle.
Snorkeling is fair along the rock area. Don’t go out too far because
there is a strong undertow and current to deal with.
Chen Rio Beach
This was blown away in Oct. 2005 in Hurricane
|Miromar Maya Ruins before Hurricane Wilma
Rocks at Mirador
The reggae music plays in the background of the nice cozy laid back little bar with snacks and cold drinks. There are hammocks on the beach side for a nice siesta. Watch out for the undertow here, too. br>
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