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 coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach can make the most of their relaxation time without sacrificing the chance to meet new people.

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.

Restrooms are available at Playa Corona. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs here, so guests seeking a place to relax in the shade will not go leave unhappy. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Playa Corona on the West coast of Cozumel. Chankannab Adventure Park is seen less than a mile away, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Corona
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 0.9 NE Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 3.3 SSW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 3.5 NE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 6.5 NE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 9.3 NE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Playa Corona who are looking for other interesting places to see will want to consider going to San Miguel, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From Playa Corona, San Miguel is a car ride off, about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers trying to find a place to stay not far from the beach won't have a tough time, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from nearby. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Playa Corona
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort 1.6 mi. NE Resort
Reef Club Cozumel 2.2 mi. SSW Resort
Sabor Cozumel Resort & Spa 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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is El Caribeño. The restaurant has Mexican food. Many guests rave about their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Playa Corona on Cozumel.

Travelers may also want to consider Dzul Ha, another great Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean beach site.

Maybe Playa Corona is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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