Cozumel Beach Clubs
All of the beaches in Cozumel are owned by the Mexican government which requires public access and for the beaches to remain open all the time. This means that you can rent a car and drive the remote coastal roads of the island and visit any beach you discover free of charge for sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving or other activity.
This unlimited access is awesome but comes with a price which is the fact that there are no restrooms, no chairs, chaise lounges or tables, no equipment rentals and, more importantly, no relief from the harsh overhead sun which can cause dehydration and overexposure that can quickly ruin any outdoor adventure.
The Mexican government controls the shores of Cozumel but rents concessions to private businesses that create “beach clubs” that include varying amenities for visitors who prefer more structured accommodations. Beach clubs typically provide much needed shade from the sun, lounge chairs, tables and restrooms (including showers), all of which are yours to enjoy free of charge for as long as you linger and continue to order food and drinks from the merchant beach club.
Some beach clubs have cover charges and some offer equipment rental for enjoying various watersport activities, but all beach clubs open at 8:00 in the morning and close at 5:00 in the afternoon.
Cozumel beach clubs are frequented by locals, cruise ship passengers and other tourists and provide a means of sampling the variety of watersports and other beachfront activities available on the island for reasonable prices and at varying levels of comfort.
Chankanaab National Park is federally owned (rather than privately) and charges $12 (USD) for admission. Chankanaab is a lagoon located within Cozumel’s National Marine Park and features a large sandy beach with rocky shoreline for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts who can view colorful coral reefs, underwater statues and a variety of marine life. The Park also features a crocodile exhibit and popular sea lion show, numerous other entertainment activities and a Mayan casita for refreshments.
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park is also federally owned, charges $12 (USD) for admission and is the biggest wildlife reserve in Cozumel. Punta Sur features a sandy beach that many consider to be the best beach on the island as well as native flora and fauna that include crocodiles in their natural environment. Visitors can enjoy catamaran rides through the lagoon to observe native species or climb the historic Celarain Lighthouse from which panoramic views of the southern end of the island can be seen for a $10 donation.
There are numerous beach clubs around the island that are free and others require admission fees, but some of the most popular Cozumel beach clubs for snorkeling enthusiasts include Paradise Beach, Mr. Sancho’s and Sky Reef.
Paradise Beach offers all services and numerous entertainment activities like water slides, snorkeling, kayaking and temperature controlled swimming pool. Visitors to Paradise Beach can enjoy the sea breeze under shady umbrellas amidst towering native palm trees and/or rent snorkeling gear and other equipment for watersport activities.
Mr. Sancho’s is on the western side of Cozumel and features a beautiful white sandy beach and access to entertainment activities in the water and in the local forest that include a fun water park, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, horseback and ATV riding. The staff at Mr. Sancho’s is professional and friendly and provides visitors incredible facilities and exceptional food and drinks.
Sky Reef is popular for snorkeling since it provides access to viewing live coral formations that comprise the reef and dwell among other endangered marine species. Sky Reef offers many amenities that include food and drinks, restrooms, showers, lockers and numerous water sport and other entertainment activities.
Additional information can be found on the Internet about these and other beach clubs, as well as snorkeling and other activities popular with visitors to the tropical island of Cozumel and nearby Mesoamerican reef.