What is the Best Cozumel Beach Club?

Heading to one of the Cozumel beaches is a favorite way to off-gas for our divers. I so often get asked about which Cozumel beach or beach club to go to. My guests ask me, “Henry, what is the best Cozumel beach club we should go to?” I’ve decided to go ahead and designate an entire blog to the topic just to answer that one question. Also, considering the Riviera Maya has recently been seeing hard times with the Sargasso algae problem, I think it’s only likely our Cozumel beaches and beach clubs will start seeing an increase in traffic. As half of Cozumel lies on the leeward side, that is the side of the island opposite the natural trade winds, half of Cozumel remains Sargasso-free.

However, unlike most traditional blogs that want to give you a Top 10 list or something similar, I’ve decided against doing this. What I consider an idyllic Caribbean beach might be quite the different idea from what you had in mind. So instead I’ll simply add a few comments about each Cozumel beach listed and my favorite things about that location. This is an exhaustive list. To my knowledge this lists every beach or beach club on Cozumel. If you find I am missing a beach, please do contact us and let me know.

What are your favorite Cozumel beaches?

By default most of Cozumel beaches have restaurants or bars located on them. In some cases the primary location is the bar or restaurant, not the beach itself. However, it became difficult when I tried to classify or separate by this criteria. Ultimately, I decided if the location had sand and you can swim, it would get listed here as a Cozumel beach. As a result there are locations in this list that are not ideal Caribbean beaches. I do bring attention to this in my comments, if required, by designating as a Cozumel Beach Club, public Cozumel beach, and so on.

Beaches are listed in alphabetical order. I’ve included a map PIN drop of each location.

Alberto’s Beach Bar

Food / Drinks – Full scale restaurant with alcoholic beverages is available. Nothing fancy – Mexican-American fare like fajitas, ceviche, guacamole and Mexican macro beers with basic cocktails.
Snorkeling – Not ideal. Mostly sea grass. Careful to not venture too far offshore as it is a high traffic area with dive boats.
Children – Great for all ages..
Sand quality – Great beach. Clean, fine sand. No liter. Very long stretch of sand allowing you to get away from everyone if you wish. No shade available outside the restaurant area.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – The location is primarily a restaurant with table sand chairs in the sand. Beach chairs are not available. However, it is on a one of the better stretches of Cozumel beaches. Great location to enjoy the sunset if you are on the south end of the island and looking for a long beach walk.

Additionally, we can offer pick-up and drop-off services for scuba or snorkeling from this location. See here…

Alberto's Beach Bar

Barracuda Beach Club

Food / Drinks –  Cafeteria style food available.
Snorkeling – Available with gear rental also available, but mostly all sea grass. Pay tour available.
Children -.Good.
Sand quality – Decent, but has some Sargasso sea grass washing up
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments
–  The furthest north beach club. You won’t find this place by accident as it requires a bit of off-road driving to reach. Large property that generally remains mostly quiet.

Barracudas Beach Club

Beachcomber

Food / Drinks –  A full menu of food and drinks is available next door at the Money Bar.
Snorkeling – Available with gear rental also available.
Children -. Great for children and adults, although this is probably more fashioned for adults.
Sand quality – None. Mix of gravel and limestone with some rough sand mixed in.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments
–  Not really a beach as much as it is an extension of Money Bar and the Landmark Hotel. Included in the Cozumel beaches because it offers easy access for decent snorkeling.

Beachcomber

Carlos n Charlies

Food / Drinks –  Full scale restaurant with alcoholic beverages is available. Nothing fancy – Mexican-American fare like fajitas, ceviche, guacamole and Mexican macro beers with basic cocktails.
Snorkeling –  Not great but possible. Mostly sea grass off their shore. Snorkel excursions sold on site.
Children -. Great for children and adults.
Sand quality – Good. This is an extensive, long, well kept beach.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments –  Very popular location with tourists. There is a lot going on at this location with snorkeling, jet skis, parasailing, and glass bottom boat tours being sold, plus multiple craft vendors on hand. Several other pay-for-access beaches are adjacent including Paradise Beach Club and San Francisco Beach, plus resorts to the north like Secrets and Residencias Reef, make this large extensive beach popular on days with several cruise ships in port and resorts full. Pro tip: You can access the pay-for-access beaches by entering at Carlos n Charlies for free and walking down the beach just 50 yards/meters.

Additionally, we can offer pick-up and drop-off services for scuba or snorkeling from this location. See here…

Carlos n Charlies

Chen Rio

Food / Drinks –  Full scale restaurant with alcoholic beverages is available. Nothing fancy – Mexican-American fare like fajitas, ceviche, guacamole and Mexican macro beers with basic cocktails.
Snorkeling –  Not recommended. Possible large waves and surf with strong currents. There is a small protected area for swimming on one side of the beach.
Children -. Great for children and adults. The beach has two sections. One half has a natural child’s pool for young children to safely play. The other side tends to become an unwritten adults-only side thanks to the natural pool drawing the families to the opposite side.
Sand quality – Good. Child’s side has more limestone, but still a quality large beach area. Adult side has a fantastic beach when the Sargasso algae is not present. The adult-side beach extends an extended distance allowing for long beach walks or swimming alone. This is the “wild side” so litter washing ashore is a possibility and use caution when swimming and playing in the waves.
Restrooms – Yes, outhouses available.
Comments –  Very popular location with the locals on Sunday – consider avoiding it completely on Sunday. Or, on the other hand, go on a Sunday and enjoy the full experience. Children to one side, adults on the other, separated by a shaded restaurant. The adult side features a natural crescent-shaped wall of rocks that creates a break wall for the waves and a great area to swim behind. The child’s side has become known as THE spot for surfing and kite-boarding in Cozumel. Even if you do not partake yourself it can make for enjoyable viewing on good wind or wave days.

Chen Rio

Islands Beach Club

Food / Drinks –  There are a full restaurant and bar on property.
Snorkeling –  Fairly decent. Possible strong currents so please use caution.
Children -.Great for all ages.
Sand quality – Varies. Mostly not so good.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – Massive beach club with plenty of space to spread out. Beach chairs both shaded and un-shaded. Overall nice property, if only they had better sand. Located in the north so clean water for snorkeling, but also lots of limestone ledges.

Islands Beach Club

Las Brisas

Food / Drinks –  There are a full restaurant and bar nearby.
Snorkeling –  Fairly decent. Possible strong currents so please use caution.
Children -.Great for all ages, although there is not much space of children to roam.
Sand quality – Varies. Some areas of nice sand.
Restrooms – Yes, at the restaurant.
Comments – Locals use this on Sunday afternoons. You can access this beach area just north of the Las Brisas property. Pro tip: the pay-for-access location called Tequila Beach Club can be accessed using this location.

Las Brisas

Mezcalitos

Food / Drinks – Several locations nearby serving basic Mexican-American food and cold beer and mixed cocktails.
Snorkeling – Not recommended. Large waves and surf are possible with strong currents.
Children – Great for all ages.
Sand quality – Nice beach when not covered with Sargasso algae. Small, but enjoyable.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – Best beach on the island to watch the sunRISE. Yes, really. You won’t be alone when you arrive at 5:30am. Otherwise the location doesn’t seem to be a crowd favorite. It’s first, or last, on your travels as you make “the lap” around the island. Stop, take your photo with the massive iguana, and enjoy the view for your first or last time. Most people make this a quick pit stop and not a layover.

Mezcalitos

Mojito Factory / Miami Bar / 25 Hour Bar

Food / Drinks –  Limited menu for food focused on fresh seafood like ceviche and soup. Very good ceviche. Best fresh-fruit cocktails and mojitos on the island, no exceptions.
Snorkeling –  Not recommended, Possible large waves and surf with strong currents.
Children -.Great for all ages, but young children should be watched carefully.
Sand quality – Mixed. There is a very small beach that is tucked between limestone walls. The sand is perfect – when its not covered with Sargasso algae.
Restrooms – Yes, a single outhouse.
Comments – My favorite place to go for a cocktail and a nap in a hammock ocean side on a rare afternoon off. More suited to enjoying a cocktail in a rustic picturesque location than anything else. Go there for the mojito if nothing else. The limestone cliffs nearby seem to have a magnetic pull to them, but walk carefully on the sharp jagged rocks.

Mojito Factory

No Name Bar and Grill

Food / Drinks –  American style bar food. Sandwiches, burgers, etc. Full bar, which can be accessed as a swim-up pool bar, also.
Snorkeling –  Not ideal, but better than most the beaches of Cozumel. Water is deep immediately – you jump or walk down a ladder / staircase to enter – with some colorful fish and stingrays.
Children -.Great for all ages, although it does tend to get a lot of attention from cruise ship employees (read: 20 year old foreigners) during the afternoon hours.
Sand quality – Mediocre. It is trucked in sand to create a false beach. For being downtown, its better than nothing.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – Right downtown and easy to get to from any hotel in the downtown area. Don’t be confused by the locked doors in the afternoon. There is two entrances – use the “Staff” entrance to walk directly to the beach bar. Part of the Hotel Barracuda. This is another one that was dicey making the list as it is mostly a restaurant / bar. The ability to swim and snorkel downtown finally won over in my decision making.

No Name

Palancar Beach / Playa Palancar

Food / Drinks –   Full scale restaurant with alcoholic beverages is available. Nothing fancy – Mexican-American fare like fajitas, ceviche, guacamole and Mexican macro beers with basic cocktails.
Snorkeling –  Not ideal. Mostly sea grass, but usually nice calm waters. Careful to not venture too far offshore without a surface marker buoy as this location does receive a lot of boat traffic.
Children -.Great for all ages.
Sand quality – Excellent. What you would envision a Caribbean beach to look like. Seems endless – great for long walks.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – The furthest south Cozumel beach club. A great location with a nice mix of food and beverages plus beach chairs and good swimming and shade. Due to its distance from the cruise ships, this beach tends to be the quietest beach on afternoons with many cruise ships in the Cozumel ports.

Palancar Beach / Playa Palancar

Playa Azul

Food / Drinks – A restaurant and bar is available
Snorkeling –  Better than most the beaches, but possible strong currents. Use caution.
Children -.Great for all ages. Possibly the best beach for children as it offers a playground, child’s pool, and easy ocean access.
Sand quality – Excellent, albeit a small beach.
Restrooms – Yes.
Comments – Part of the Hotel Azul property, this is an excellent free beach to visit, especially with children. Can get busy on Sunday.