Playa Oriente

On the east coast of Cozumel (known as the "other side of the island") is Playa Oriente. This locale is primarily known as the home of Mez Calitos, one of the oldest bars on the other side. When you aren't enjoying a drink at the bar, you'll find the beach a wonderful place to relax, but only strong swimmers should venture out into the water because the rip tides can be dangerous.

Positioned on the island of Cozumel, Playa Oriente is on the East edge of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. There are plenty of advantages to visiting a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; less popular beaches like Playa Oriente let you escape people-watchers and rowdy beachgoers.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Orient's white sand shores are lined with hammocks and beach chairs with umbrellas to shelter beach goers from the sun. Though the beach's deep blue waters can be hard to resist, visitors should be aware that rip tides can occur here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Playa Oriente grants an angelic and serene place to escape, especially since the area surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Playa Oriente is on the East coast of Cozumel. Gallery Azul is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Oriente
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 9.0 mi. NW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.4 mi. WNW Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 9.8 mi. NW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Tourists at Playa Oriente who are looking for some additional excitement might want to think about making the trip to San Miguel, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the beach, San Miguel is a little ways off, maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not typically all that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For vacationers hoping to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Playa Oriente.

Accommodations near Playa Oriente
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casita De Maya Hotel 8.2 NW Hotel
La Casona Real 8.8 NW Hotel
Suites Bahia 8.9 NW Hotel


You might not find any places to eat surrounding this shore, so you might want to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Cozumel, and Playa Oriente is just one option.

Another location you might enjoy is Sunset Beach, another area that offers plenty of opportunities to relax. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Playa Punta Morena may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the south west.

You may also enjoy Dzul Ha, which is an additional nearby Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean destination.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has a lot to offer its visitors, but taking a swim at Playa Oriente is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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