Public Beaches in Cozumel, Mexico

For your next trip to paradise, let us recommend some of our favorite public beaches in Cozumel! Discover the untamed coastlines and rocky shores on the east or the west side of the island’s powdery sands and crystalline waters.

Visitor Tips

All beaches are public, but some beach restaurants and clubs near the water may have a small admission cost.

Beach flags mark if it’s safe to swim. Do not swim if you see a black flag! Green flags are flown very rarely, so always exercise caution with yellow and red flags.

Maintained beaches will have restrooms with showers. Easily rinse off at our hotel, where every guest room has a private and modern washroom.

Western Beaches

The West Side offers calm waters that are ideal for snorkeling and splashing in the surf. Western beaches are closer to the port and usually more crowded.

  • Playa Palancar: One of the largest stretches of white sand on the island, this free beach in Cozumel boasts multiple beach clubs and vendors for beach equipment rentals.
  • Playa Corona: Another free beach in Cozumel, Playa Corona is also one of the oldest beaches and a great place to snorkel.
  • Sunset Beach: Also known as one of the best beaches for snorkeling!
  • Paradise Beach: Spend a lazy day in the sun on this popular beach or purchase a “Fun Pass” for access to water toys, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Eastern Beaches

The East Side of the island boasts stunning ocean vistas and large waves. Eastern beaches are usually less crowded as they are further from the port.

  • Punta Morena: Dine at this delicious seafood restaurant with live music after a swim in the ocean! Beach chairs and restrooms with showers are available.
  • Playa Chen Rio: This stunning and secluded beach has shallow tide pools protected by a reef for some light swimming and large rocks breaking up the surf.
  • Playa Bonita: Tucked in a cove with powdery sand and gentle waves, this beach also has a restaurant and bar, Punta Chiqueros.
  • Punta Sur Park: Go snorkeling, lounge seaside, tour ruins, or visit an organic tequila farm within this ecological park!
  • Playa San Martin: This public beach in Cozumel offers soft white sand and tucked further away from cruise passengers.
  • There are also several wonderful beaches in Cozumel north of Mezcalito's Bar & Grill that are a hidden local favorite.

Soak up the sun at one of our top public beaches in Cozumel, Mexico during your stay at the Flamingo!