Beach bars, lounge chairs on sugary white sand, and front-row views of the turquoise Caribbean—a day in paradise can be found at one of Cozumel’s beach clubs. Here are our favorites, which provide similar basics, each with their own specialties.
Playa Uvas Beach Club
Carretera costera sur Km. 8.5 s/n Carretera a Chankanaab, Cozumel
Of Cozumel’s private beach clubs, Playa Uvas is closest to downtown and the piers, making it easy for guests to reach the reefs of Chankanaab National Park. Tour options range from a day on the water in a catamaran to a day in the water scuba diving. All-terrain vehicle tours also stop at the club for visitors to snorkel. The property features a full bar and restaurant, as well as a small souvenir shop.
We had a lovely time!
The lunch was a generous size, and the staff was very friendly. Angel took us out snorkeling. He pointed out a lot of cool things we would have missed. Our waiter Noah was always coming over with drinks. You definitely need water shoes!!!
Heidi_K, Apr 2019
Things to Know Before You Go
The admission fee that the beach club charges to use its facilities includes a 30-minute guided snorkel tour with gear, and a free drink.
Tours typically cover entry fees to the beach club and marine park.
A VIP package is available, including an open bar, food, towel and locker, and a 30-minute massage.
How to Get There
Playa Uvas is on the west coast of the island, a short 10- to 15-minute taxi ride from downtown Cozumel or any of its piers. It’s about 25 minutes from the airport. Tours that include a stop at the beach club depart from the port or downtown Cozumel.
When to Get There
The beach club is open from 8am to 4pm. It tends not to get as crowded as other Cozumel beaches, but expect to encounter more visitors on weekends and whenever cruise ships are docked nearby. Stake out your spot early to snag one of the palapas on the beach.
Chankanaab National Park
Meaning “Little Sea” in Mayan, Chankanaab National Park’s name was inspired by its natural lagoon. One of the most popular attractions in Cozumel, the park offers diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, ziplining, and other activities. Huts, hammocks, and chairs are available on the beach. Because it’s only a 10-minute drive from the cruise ship terminal, the park is a favorite destination among cruise passengers.
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