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 southwestern side of the island of Cozumel, You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. This isn't just another pretty beach, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. While Playa Palencar may be a little more difficult to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

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 brings guests a quiet and peaceful place to escape, especially since the location that surrounds the beach contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Palencar on the East coast of Cozumel. It is near some interesting sites like Arte de Origen, 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. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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

It might take some time to get there, but Playa del Carmen, about 19 and a half miles away, is the closest city. although you may find some smaller residential areas nearer to the beach.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Guests will find a good selection of accommodations to pick from near the beach. The most convenient of which have been listed in the table below.

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 coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you are prepared to drive a bit. One of the closest places to eat is Nachi Cocom Restaurant, which is two miles to the north of it.

The following table provides a list of 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

Cozumel has several beautiful beaches, so if Playa Palencar doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Playa Uvas, found only a taxi trip away from the shore. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might like Playa Mia. You'll find it two miles to the north.

You might also want to visit Playa San Fransico, which is located not too far away, so a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go. 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.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, but visiting Playa Palencar or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean even more memorable.


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