Playa Palencar

On Cozumel's leeward coast is Playa Palancar. The beach area is located just past a restaurant that specializes in fish dishes. The beach is a great locale for visitors who want to participate in watersports, but is not especially crowded so a quiet, calm day at the beach is a real possibility.

Located on the island of Cozumel, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't packed full of hotel guests; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Playa Palencar let you escape people-watchers and rowdy beachgoers.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Palancar is located off Rafael E. Melgar, down a long dirt road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Although Cozumel is particularly known for beaches lined with hammocks and lounge chairs, Playa Palancar's shores are free of these accessories. There are several thatched roof umbrellas, however, to offer visitors escape from the sun. The waters are bright blue and experience varied wave patterns.

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

Playa Palencar offers visitors a calm and peaceful retreat, as the location that surrounds the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Cozumel; the area is home to other attractions such as Arte de Origen, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Palencar
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.1 mi. NNE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 12.0 mi. NNE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 14.8 mi. NNE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

The closest metropolitan area to Playa Palencar is Playa del Carmen. Considering that the center of town is 19 and a half miles to the north of the beach, you may need to catch a ride to reach this beach.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a reasonable selection of hotel rooms a car ride away. Some of the closest choices can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Palencar
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Iberostar Cozumel 1.1 mi. N Resort
Grand Cozumel by Occidental 1.5 mi. N Resort
Occidental Allegro Cozumel 1.9 mi. N Resort
Nachi Cocom Beach Club 2.1 mi. N Resort
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel 3.5 mi. N Resort
Reef Club Cozumel 3.6 mi. N Resort
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 8.0 mi. NNE Resort
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel 9.3 mi. NNE Resort
Park Royal Cozumel 9.3 mi. NNE Resort
Casa del Mar Cozumel 9.4 mi. NNE Hotel


While this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. Nachi Cocom Restaurant is one of the closest eateries, which is two miles away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Playa Palencar
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Nachi Cocom Restaurant (987) 857-1157 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. N
Mr. Sancho's Bar & Grill (987) 871-9174 International, Mexican Very Casual 2.4 mi. N

Other Beaches

Playa Palencar isn't the only beach worth checking out on Cozumel.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Playa Uvas, found just a cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Playa Mia may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it two miles to the north.

You may also want to consider Playa San Fransico, located not too far away, meaning a short cab ride is an easy option. Playa San Fransico is a gorgeous well-established beach, with many great coastal features vacationers are sure to fall in love with this sandy piece of paradise.

You may find that Playa Palencar is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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