I was there last april and we drove across the island past the ruins and where the road turns to go towards the resorts and back to town there is a mile or two of of beaches they are wide open with a couple of cheap bars for refreshment that have hammocks to lay in for free.
Had a great time there the wave's where huge.
> We want to go a beach and relax, no frills, no toys, no open
> bar, shops, etc...
> What I want to know is can we plunk ourselves down on any
> beach on Cozumels eastside. I read that all of Cozumels beaches
> are public, does that mean there is an admission cost?
> Any feedback would be appreciated, especially pertaining to
> Playa san francisco, Playa san juan, playa escondida, and
> chankanaab park.
> Also which one of these offers the most privacy.
I'm confused as to which side you are wanting to go to. The first week of December, I rented a car at the pier to drive around the island and stop at the beaches on the deserted westside. There were a couple restaurants/bars with bathrooms. One was nice enough to eat and change clothes there. Few cars were on the road (maybe saw 7-8 others) and there were many pull-offs (unofficial) along the road to walk down to the beach and enjoy your self. I don't have info on the resort side of the island.