The island of Cozumel lies just off the coast of the Riviera Maya and offers you an incredible getaway for your vacation.  You can easily visit the island on day trips by using the ferry service from other areas like Cancun, Puerto Aventuras and others.  However, you can also choose to stay on the island.  The town of San Miguel is home to numerous hotels, while the island is dotted with numerous resorts for your enjoyment.

You will enjoy some of the most amazing beaches in the world, as well as pristine jungles and even Mayan ruins on the island.  Most of the sandy beaches are located on the eastern side of the island, looking out over the open Caribbean.  The other shores are rockier, though you can find secluded beaches and inlets for exploration.

Palancar Beach – The beach offers white sand and easy access to the ocean.  You will also find scuba and snorkeling gear for rent, as well as beach chairs and a restaurant for your dining pleasure.

Playa Sol – This beach is one of the most popular on the island.  Horseback riding, scuba and snorkeling, a swimming pool, restaurant, Jet Ski rentals and more make this a great place for fun in the sun.  This is one of the more crowded beaches on the island, as well.

San Francisco Beach – Snorkeling equipment is available for rent, and a restaurant is available for dining.  You will also find that this is a perfect beach for family oriented fun and games in the sand.

Villa Blanca – Located just outside of San Miguel, this beach is another popular beach on the island.  Numerous diving equipment rentals are available nearby.  However, if you are looking for seclusion, this is not the beach for you.

Playa Bonita – This beautiful beach offers you beach chairs and a restaurant for your enjoyment.  If you are looking for a smaller crowd of tourists, this is a great option.

Play Punta Moreno – The beach here is more secluded than others surrounding the island.  You will find a great place to relax in the sun and splash in the waves, with few interruptions or other tourists.

Numerous other beaches exist on the island.  However, one note on the eastside beaches – during the summer, these beaches are home to nesting sea turtles, making them much more secluded.  Treating the turtles and their nests with respect is important.

M Gravlee