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Default Cozumel Which beach is the nicest...

re the previous post about doing things on your own, I've decided to do a beach thing in Cozumel.

Which beach is the best? Can you rent beach chairs? How close are the beaches?
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There are alot of beaches/activities on the island as well as the ferry to Playa on the mainland.

Have a look at the following websites. The first one gives a chart about all the amenities at each beach on Coz.


http://www.cozumelinsider.com/Beaches

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There are beaches all along Raphael Melgar Ave. south of the port on the west side of the Island.

Here's a good map. All of the beaches south of the port to Nachi Cocum are very popular with the tourists and most are full service with loungers, facilities and food and drink.
http://cozumelmexico.net/Cozumel-Beaches.html

If you go all the way south to where it says Punta Sur, you will find a nature preserve. The beach here was voted one of the 10 most beautiful in the World by National Geographic. They have some minor Mayan Ruins, a beautiful old lighthouse (Celarain lighthouse) a turtle preserve, also a crocodile preserve, it has a catwalk above their lagoon so you can get up close and personal with them and watch the guides feed them. Last time we were there we got lots of great pics of wildlife including a giant tarantula eek!

The beach is gorgeous and has good snorkelling, they do rent snorkel equipment but they only offer snacks and soda. So not a place to go if you want a full service bar, but we really like it.
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There are beaches all along Raphael Melgar Ave. south of the port on the west side of the Island.

Here's a good map. All of the beaches south of the port to Nachi Cocum are very popular with the tourists and most are full service with loungers, facilities and food and drink.
http://cozumelmexico.net/Cozumel-Beaches.html

If you go all the way south to where it says Punta Sur, you will find a nature preserve. The beach here was voted one of the 10 most beautiful in the World by National Geographic. They have some minor Mayan Ruins, a beautiful old lighthouse (Celarain lighthouse) a turtle preserve, also a crocodile preserve, it has a catwalk above their lagoon so you can get up close and personal with them and watch the guides feed them. Last time we were there we got lots of great pics of wildlife including a giant tarantula eek!

The beach is gorgeous and has good snorkelling, they do rent snorkel equipment but they only offer snacks and soda. So not a place to go if you want a full service bar, but we really like it.
This sounds like a beautiful beach. How did you get there, and what was the cost to get in? My family is planning on visiting Dolphinaris and then heading to Park Chakanaab afterwards but this sounds very interesting.
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It is south of Chankanaab on the southern most point of Cozumel. About 17 miles from downtown. When you leave Chankanaab turn south (right) on Raphael Melgar Ave. and drive until you see that you are at the end of the island the only thing you can do is turn to the left and start heading north up the east side of the island or turn right and go to Punta Sur. Make sure you turn right to Punta Sur . There were a couple of knock down shanty sort of looking restarants near the entrance, one was called Rasta Pasta or something like that.

If you look at my previous post you'll see a link to a map that shows all the beaches which will help you understand it's location better.

Entrance is $10, lagoon boat trips $3

We usually rent a car at Ace/Executive car rental and drive to it. I don't know what a cab would cost.

Here's some pics, when we've been there it's been pretty deserted, which is one of many things I love about it.

http://thisiscozumel.com/galleries/punta_sur/index.htm
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I'd have to agree with BW. Punta Sur is beautiful. They said when we were there earlier this year on the Legend they aren't allowed to feed the Alligators anymore. For a more adventursome way to get there try Carnival's dunebuggy excursion. It was a blast. The snorkling at Punta Sur is some of the best I have ever witnessed. It's a pretty good swim (about 3/4 of a mile) out to it but if your up for it, it's definitely worth it. With the excursion comes snorkle gear, instruction, and a guide out to the reef. A very tasty hispanic lunch is also served.
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I enjoyed Playa Polanca..great place to snorkel and not crowded. We ate at the quaint restaurant on the beach and we ordered fish tacos..i kid you not..they went out and fished our fish to cook, brought them back to show us...how fresh is that? Best fish tacos I've ever had.
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interesting post. I'm a creature of habit and seem to be planning on doing the same things i did on the last cruise

chakannab (sp), the stingrays in the caymans (but my son hasnt done this yet) and in jamaica, the resort we went to (but not much to do in nasty mobay)....

I'd like to do something different in cozumel, but i'm kinda scared, since we dont want to rent a car i need to know what to expect and how hard it would be to get back via cab. I have my son, and we love to snorkle, but chakkannab is a health hazard getting into the water...i fall down everytime i go! those rocky steps are so freaking slippery.... i had a bruise down my whole leg last time!
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Nursey thats one thing I do like about Punta Sur is the beach is pure white sand. it is not rocky at all.

You might do a search on google and see if what tour companys offer excursions there. Or you could book the excursion Been Travelin mentioned above if you wanted to try it.

One thing is for sure Cozumel is not at a loss for beaches so no matter where you go, I'm sure you'll have a great time. Just stay off those steps.
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interesting post. I'm a creature of habit and seem to be planning on doing the same things i did on the last cruise

chakannab (sp), the stingrays in the caymans (but my son hasnt done this yet) and in jamaica, the resort we went to (but not much to do in nasty mobay)....

I'd like to do something different in cozumel, but i'm kinda scared, since we dont want to rent a car i need to know what to expect and how hard it would be to get back via cab. I have my son, and we love to snorkle, but chakkannab is a health hazard getting into the water...i fall down everytime i go! those rocky steps are so freaking slippery.... i had a bruise down my whole leg last time!
Ok, now you've got me nervous to go to Chakkanaab. Is the beach rocky or just going into the water? My youngest son is 5 and a peanut and I want to make sure that we are at a kid friendly beach. Let me know what you think!
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My daughter was about 5 and son was 7 when we went to Chank. If I recall the seas were really rough that day and so we found a little inlet further south of where the dolphins and the main attractions are. not too far from the restaurant as I recall. It was rather rough and rocky and they had laid down sandbags to prevent erosion I assume. So we walked on the sandbags to get around in the shallows. But we stayed in this inlet because otherwise the water was too rough for the kids. I would definitely have the kids wear water shoes no matter where you wind up.
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Katmom, when are you going? The reason is that in the winter months, I have found the water to be rougher than in the spring/summer. Secondly, if you go to Chankanaab, there is a shallow area that is "protected" from the surf that your five year old will enjoy. The beach itself is very nice and sandy, getting to the water is rocky and not real easy as some others have pointed out.
If you go to the south point the water is rough every time I have been there as the shore faces the open sea.
If you want a nice beach with smooth sandy access for you and your child, stay near the peir at either paradise beach, mister sancho's or san francisco. You can get a cab there and back very easily for about 12-15 bucks each way.
This is my own opinion of course.
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Katmom, when are you going? The reason is that in the winter months, I have found the water to be rougher than in the spring/summer. Secondly, if you go to Chankanaab, there is a shallow area that is "protected" from the surf that your five year old will enjoy. The beach itself is very nice and sandy, getting to the water is rocky and not real easy as some others have pointed out.
If you go to the south point the water is rough every time I have been there as the shore faces the open sea.
If you want a nice beach with smooth sandy access for you and your child, stay near the peir at either paradise beach, mister sancho's or san francisco. You can get a cab there and back very easily for about 12-15 bucks each way.
This is my own opinion of course.
Which one of these beaches is the least crowded in your opinion?
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I would say Mr. Sancho's and as someone else mentioned, you can check out what each of them offer on cozumelinsider.com.
They are all within a quarter mile from each other so in reality they are different portions of the same beach. Check the website to make sure what is important to you is offered at the beach you choose.
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After all the excellent suggestions, I have done much research and found a beach at the Palmar Estate Beach Club which sounds interesting. Has anyone heard of this area and what are your thoughts. Thanks again for your valued thoughts and opinions.
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Nursey thats one thing I do like about Punta Sur is the beach is pure white sand. it is not rocky at all.

You might do a search on google and see if what tour companys offer excursions there. Or you could book the excursion Been Travelin mentioned above if you wanted to try it.

One thing is for sure Cozumel is not at a loss for beaches so no matter where you go, I'm sure you'll have a great time. Just stay off those steps.
I'm sorry Beenie for being a pain about this topic as I'm having a really hard time deciding where to go after Dolphinarus. I like everything you say about Punta Sur but I read somewhere that grabbing a taxi to get back to the pier can be tricky and that taxis are not readily available at this beach. Do you have any info about this? Also how is the snorkeling here? The website that you suggested that listed all the beaches in Cozumel was excellent! Thanks for putting up with me!

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