Playa Chen Rio

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There are plenty of great adventures and activities to enjoy while visiting Playa Chen Rio beach. Vacationers will find a number of places on the sandy shore that are perfect for outdoor pursuits such as camping, swimming, and snorkeling. Because the bay is protected by giant rocks, the beach's calm waters are perfect for aquatic activities.

Located just outside the heart of the island of Cozumel, Playa Chen Rio is on the South coast of the island, You might want even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Playa Chen Rio is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's perfect for escaping the hustle of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's urban areas. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean may provide just as many amenities as Playa Chen Rio, but are usually more cramped because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Chen Rio is located off the stretch of Rafael E. Melgar Road along the southern coast.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Playa Chen Rio beach overlooks a small, picturesque bay and boasts amazingly clear waters and gentle surf. This windward coastline is easily recognized by its large rock formations, which offer an ideal location for enjoying gorgeous views of the ocean.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The atmosphere of the Playa Chen Rio is peaceful and secluded, so travelers who enjoy quiet walks on the beach without all the hustle and bustle of more crowded shores will love this sandy stretch of oceanfront property.

Playa Chen Rio provides an idyllic and tranquil getaway, thanks to the fact that the area surrounding the beach is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


Found on the South coast of Cozumel; the area hosts attractions such as Arte de Origen, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Chen Rio
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.1 mi. NW Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 9.4 mi. NW Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 10.7 mi. NNW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Playa Chen Rio is very close to San Miguel, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Playa Chen Rio visitors looking for further attractions might consider making the trip to San Miguel, because it's close-by and is an area full of activity. From the shore, San Miguel is found maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests seeking a place to stay not far from the beach won't find it very tough, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from in the immediate vicinity. Find the closest lodging options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Playa Chen Rio
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casita De Maya Hotel 8.7 NW Hotel
Park Royal Cozumel 9.1 NW Resort
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 9.1 WNW Resort


There aren't any restaurants surrounding this shore, so you may choose to pack a lunch for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Cozumel has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Playa Uvas, found within the range of a taxi. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at Playa Punta Morena. It's found less than a mile to the northeast.

Another option worth considering is Dzul Ha, another favorite sun-spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, and Playa Chen Rio is just one of the many options.


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