If you’re planning a trip to Cozumel, you want to visit the island’s most famous beach. But which of the island’s beaches are closest to downtown Cozumel? I’ll answer that question and more in this guide to the best beach near downtown Cozumel.
Playa Casitas is within walking distance of downtown Cozumel, making it the best option for beach lovers. This beach on the east side is almost always uncrowded and offers great snorkeling opportunities. You can also find lots of wonderful restaurants and bars on Playa Casitas, which makes it a popular spot for both tourists and locals.
Fish are a perfect addition to the family’s vacation. Swim out 50 yards from the north end of the beach and enjoy the fish-filled artificial reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving. Shore diving in Cozumel can be challenging because of the usual currents that we dive in year around. Diving from Playa las Casitas is no different, but for the adventurous diver, this shallow shore dive offers a fascinating combination of pier rubble, two unheard-of sunken ships, and healthy transplanted coral.
Stand-up paddleboards and windsurf boards are also available for rent.
It’s very quiet on weekdays, but it’s crowded on Sunday, the traditional day of family outings.
You will also find a couple of fun and popular beach clubs (with restaurants and bars) here at Playa las Casitas!
Hemingway beach bar and nightclub are on the west side of Cozumel (near downtown), just a few steps from the sand. We know Hemingway for its outstanding party atmosphere, where you can dance under the stars or enjoy a romantic dinner. Specialty drinks are also available in the lounge. Hemingway’s bar overlooks the beach and has a lovely outdoor lounge area with hammocks and sofas, making it a magnificent spot to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The drinks here are strong and the bartenders know their stuff, so expect to leave with a good drink and a new drink recipe. You can even reserve a chair on the beach for relaxation and sand between your toes. The best part of the complex is the Hemingway Lounge, which is a bar on the beach that you can enjoy while watching the sunset.
If you’re feeling energetic, you can also play volleyball or soccer on the beach. On the east side of the island, near Playa las Casitas, you’ll find La Monina Restaurant and Beach Bar, which is considered the closest beach to downtown. You’ll find it’s also one of the most popular, so expect it to be crowded on the weekends. However, if you go at other times of the day, you should have no problem getting a spot to enjoy the sand and water.
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