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 should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you should venture a little farther from the city, and a little closer to Playa Chen Rio.

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.

There is also a snack bar here. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. 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.

If you happen to favor coasts that bring guests a relaxing enclave, then maybe head on over to Playa Chen Rio; it's located within a more rural area of Cozumel.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of Cozumel. Chankannab Adventure Park is situated nine miles away, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Chen Rio
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 9.1 WNW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.1 NW Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 9.4 NW Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 10.6 W Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 10.7 NNW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Playa Chen Rio guests looking for further attractions might think about checking out San Miguel, because it's not far away and is an active, busy area. From the shore, San Miguel is found maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Chen Rio will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not usually all that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table below shows the accommodation options closest to Playa Chen Rio.

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


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat surrounding this shore, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Cozumel has many nice beaches, so if Playa Chen Rio doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Playa Uvas, found within cab range of the beach. More active guests, though, may be interested in Playa Punta Morena, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located less than a mile to the northeast.

You might also want to visit Dzul Ha, another great Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean beach site.

Perhaps Playa Chen Rio is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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