Playa San Juan, Quintana Roo


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Address: Costera Norte Highway, Cozumel 77600, Mexico

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Playa San Juan is only 12 miles from the Mexican land, this small paradise between reefs, with its small but beautiful coastline of white sand, clear water and vegetation will definitely fall in love.

Located in the northern part of Cozumel, Playa San Juan, it has some rocks, and are a favorite for many tourists for its calm waters and also are ideal for windsurfing scene. But diving enthusiasts can enjoy the rocky areas, prominent reefs.

After a day of activities you can relax in the comfortable and luxurious facilities Hotel Boutique Vista del Mar.
Photo “” Beach Cozumel – Riviera Maya Ocean View “belongs to Grand Velas Riviera Maya Creative Commons.

One would think palm trees and turquoise water would mean world’s best beaches, but that’s not what you’ll find in Cozumel. There are fine strips of white sand, but not many.

Playa (meaning “beach” in Spanish) San Juan runs along the northern hotel strip and is rock along with sand. It’s just to the north of the Melia Mayan Hotel. Loved by families, this favorite has plenty of shade, calm water, excellent windsurfing, and restaurants.

What this means is that there is full-service here. So even if you forget something, chances are one of the shops will have it.

Snorkeling is good off the beach along the rocky areas. Because of the sand runoff, coral does not grow except near the rocks.

You can rent snorkel gear at the beach.

There are some retaining walls built by the hotels in the area, but remember, in Mexico all beaches are public. Feel free to walk around the walls if the sand is better there.

The waters are calm and it is a favorite beach for swimming and relaxation. For drinks and food you may go to any of the hotels in the area. In the high season the crowds can be overwhelming. If you seek solace, head to the beaches on the eastern side of the island.


Sand – fine grain white/gold powder, some coral pieces
Facilities – full service, restaurants close by
Shade – mature palms trees, huts, umbrellas
Sports – all water sports
Notes – not too crowded


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