There are so many incredible things to do on Cozumel that it’s hard to pick an afternoon out on Cozumel. Well, we are here to help. After ten years of living here, we have had plenty of time to try out many of the awesome activities on Cozumel: and we have come up with this list of the absolute best things to do on Cozumel to help you make most of your trips to this beautiful island. From the secret beach spots, to where to find unique local dishes, to the best day trips, we have you covered with an exciting array of things to see on Cozumel.
Anyone who goes to Cozumel without seeing the east side can’t say they’ve been to the island. It is gorgeous everywhere you look. You must first stop at Mezcalitos Bar & Grill. Mezcalitos is one of the best Cozumel restaurants on the windward side of the island and has occupied this exquisite strand of beach for over 21 years. Are you in the mood for some fresh seafood or mouth watering nachos? How about BBQ shrimp or the “Best Island Margarita!”? The famous “Naked Beach” sign has a position just north of the bar. There seemed to be no problem sunning or swimming nude beyond the sign or on the less rocky beach near the bar. This is not a place to bring an intimate, shy group. You will want to eat in the bar area or on the beach. Be prepared to be entertained. You won’t have a dull moment here! Well, kick back, take off your sandals and enjoy this very special place.
Coconuts Bar and Grill is a popular hangout with the vacation crowd as they bar hop around the island in search of beach clubs. Coconuts is a local fixture, and has been featured in several movies. It was the bar Bill Murray (the actor) frequented when he was on the island. On top of the highest point of Cozumel Mexico, this bar is accessible via a long and winding stair made of natural coral rock. We know Coconuts for their incredible views, friendly dogs, and strong margaritas! You can bring a shirt, license plate, etc, and they will hang it on a wall or on the Palapa roof. Their menu is limited, but everything tastes better at Coconuts! Two food favorites are their jalapeno poppers & fajitas! With an atmosphere of laid-back tropical friendliness, it is a great place to “meet and greet” people from all over the world. On the whole, Coconuts has an “anything goes” atmosphere. They don’t care what you order, as long as you order!
Considered being one of the few places ideal for swimming on the east side of Cozumel, Playa Chen Rio has a huge natural pool where lifeguards are always on duty. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, with a natural tidal pool of crystal clear waters. The beach has a very nice atmosphere with natural vegetation and no artificial lighting. Playa Chen Rio is calm, shallow, and perfect for children. It is the ideal place for families or couples looking for some peace. Chen Rio got its original name because a river flowed through a breach between the sea and the mangroves. After Hurricane Wilma, the river reappeared, and they placed a drainage system beneath the road to let the river run naturally. The beach was renovated in 2007, and now it is open to the public. It offers great services such as food, drinks, showers, parking, umbrellas, and much more. In addition, the beach is one of the most visited and safest on the island. Chen Rio is one of the best beaches on the “wild side” of Cozumel island.
If you’re a wildlife lover, a trip to Punta Sur is a must. This ecological park sprawls across the southern tip of Cozumel. It is the largest private nature preserve in the Yucatan Peninsula. There are hiking trails, bird watching sites, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, and even a lighthouse to explore. It is home to exotic birds and crocodiles. We get there when they open at 9:00 and head to the crocodile lookout. We’ve seen some enormous crocodiles there, up close and personal. Take some time to explore the eco park’s two lighthouses, one of which hails from the pre-Hispanic era. There’s also a museum that details the history of the Maya, pirates, and corsairs that once frequented the area.