Playa Corona

Although it is not actually much of a beach at all, this spot is always busy because of the calm waters that are great for snorkeling.

Located on the island of Cozumel, 6.1 miles south west of downtown San Miguel, Playa Corona is on the West edge of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may really like a visit to Playa Corona. It's slightly off the beaten path, but it's not quiet or boring either.

Amenities and Ambiance

The layout of the beach is unique because there is barely any sand there at all. Instead, the waters are accessed by natural steps leading down a rocky embankment. A little ways back is a bar and restaurant where you can grab a drink, a pier, and several palapas for shade. The water itself is clear and shallow, so you can see why it is so loved by snorkelers.

Playa Corona does have public restrooms for your convenience. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs, so guests seeking relief from the sultry island sun will not go leave unhappy. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Playa Corona on the West coast of Cozumel; it's located near attractions like Arte de Origen, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Corona
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 3.5 mi. NE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 6.5 mi. NE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 9.3 mi. NE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Playa Corona who are hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might want to consider making the trip to San Miguel, which is not far away and is an area full of activity. From the coast, San Miguel is a car ride off, about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because the beach is located in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't all that difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're hoping to book a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the closest accommodations to Playa Corona.

Accommodations near Playa Corona
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Reef Club Cozumel 2.2 mi. SSW Resort
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel 2.2 mi. SSW Resort
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 2.4 mi. NE Resort
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel 3.7 mi. NE Resort
Nachi Cocom Beach Club 3.7 mi. SSW Resort
Park Royal Cozumel 3.7 mi. NE Resort
Occidental Allegro Cozumel 3.8 mi. S Resort
Casa del Mar Cozumel 3.8 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel Casa Del Mar 3.8 mi. NE Hotel
Grand Cozumel by Occidental 4.2 mi. S Resort


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is El Caribeño. The restaurant serves delicious Mexican food. Many guests rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Corona
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Caribeño (987) 872-9500 Mexican Very Casual 2.4 mi. NE
Mr. Sancho's Bar & Grill (987) 871-9174 International, Mexican Very Casual 3.4 mi. SSW
Sam's Wok Chinese -- Chinese -- 3.4 mi. NE
Nachi Cocom Restaurant (987) 857-1157 Caribbean Very Casual 3.7 mi. SSW
Ernesto's Fajita Factory -- Mexican -- 3.8 mi. NE
Coral Reef Restaurant -- International Informal 3.8 mi. NE
The Grill -- Mexican -- 4.0 mi. NE
Hogtown Cafe -- International -- 4.3 mi. NE
Hard Rock Cafe Cozumel -- American, International Very Casual 4.3 mi. NE
Temptations -- -- -- 4.3 mi. NE
Nemos (987) 872-0730 Continental Informal 4.3 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach on Cozumel will have lots of options besides Playa Corona.

Another option worth considering is Dzul Ha, another great beach choice in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Maybe Playa Corona is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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