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 coast of the island of Cozumel, You might want whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Playa Palencar stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean may be just as beautiful, but are usually more crowded because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Playa Palencar offers visitors an angelic and peaceful experience, thanks to the fact that the surrounding region is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Cozumel; it's located near attractions like Mr. Sanchos Beach Club, which is two and a half miles away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Palencar
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 2.5 N Cozumel
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 6.5 NNE Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 9.1 NNE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 12.0 NNE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 14.8 NNE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Though it's some distance off Playa del Carmen, just about 19 and a half miles away, is the closest city. though you may find some smaller towns near the beach.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a good amount of hotels within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices are displayed 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
Sabor Cozumel Resort & Spa 3.5 mi. N Resort
Reef Club Cozumel 3.6 mi. N Resort
Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort 7.2 mi. NNE 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


While this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're willing to venture a little out of the way. Nachi Cocom Restaurant is one of the closest eateries, which is two miles away.

Nearby restaurants are shown below.

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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Palencar.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Playa Uvas, found within the range of a cab. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Playa Mia is just right. It's found two miles to the north.

Another option worth considering is Playa San Fransico, which is located three miles away. 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.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Playa Palencar is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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