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.

Set on the island of Cozumel, Playa Oriente is on the East coast of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Not looking forward to staking out a spot at a busy beach? All the more reason you should find a beach that's a long way from the nearest major city; beaches less-traveled like Playa Oriente are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you happen to favor shores which bring visitors an idyllic environment, then you will want to try Playa Oriente; it's located in a less urban area of the region.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Cozumel. It is near some interesting sites like Gallery Azul, which is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Oriente
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 9.0 NW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.4 WNW Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 9.8 NW Cozumel
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 10.0 W Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 12.1 W Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Playa Oriente is close to San Miguel, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Playa Oriente tourists seeking other opportunities for exploration might want to consider going to San Miguel, which is nearby and is an area full of activity. From the coast, San Miguel is found maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. Playa Oriente is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors hoping to find a hotel room near Playa Oriente shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from in the area. Find the closest lodging options by viewing what's listed below.

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


There aren't any restaurants near this beach, so it would be a good idea to plan a picnic for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Cozumel has several beautiful beaches, so Playa Oriente is just one of your options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Sunset Beach, another place which offers plenty of quietude and peace. Others might prefer Playa Punta Morena, which offers more action, and is closer to other popular destinations. It's located one and a quarter miles to the south west.

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

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Playa Oriente is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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