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 should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. You will typically find quite a number of places to throw down a towel, since the beach and its surrounding region is not stuffed with visitors.

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.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Playa Corona. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas, so guests hoping for a break from the hot sun will get their wish. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the West coast of Cozumel; the area hosts attractions such as Arte de Origen, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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

Tourists at Playa Corona who are seeking other interesting places to see should consider heading to San Miguel, which is not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the beach, San Miguel isn't out of reach at five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors looking for a hotel room near the beach are in luck, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing those listed in the table below.

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 during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is El Caribeño. This restaurant offers a menu of Mexican cuisine. They're also renowned for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The table below 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

There are other beaches on Cozumel you might like besides Playa Corona.

Travelers may also want to consider Dzul Ha, another favorite sun-spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

While Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Playa Corona is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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