Playa San Fransico

Located on the Isla Cozumel, Playa San Francisco is located south of San Miguel and features a stretch of white beach both long and wide. Popular with tourists, the area offers a reef off the coast, perfect for divers.

Set on the island of Cozumel, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. At Playa San Fransico, you'll find everything you need for a stress-free afternoon on the beach, without straying too far from the town proper.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible off of Rafael E. Melgar, the isle's main road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located on the leeward side of Cozumel, Playa San Fransico features gorgeous sandy coastline and a protective cove, which ensures calm water. This long stretch of pristine beach overlooks the incredible crystalline waters of the Caribbean, and is one of Mexico's most gorgeous oceanfront properties.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Playa San Fransico is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Althought this beach is popular with cruise ship visitors and tourists, locals take over the on Sundays and the vibe becomes a bit more low-key.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the West coast of Cozumel; it will be near other attractions like Arte de Origen, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa San Fransico
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 6.2 mi. NNE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 9.2 mi. NE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 11.9 mi. NE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Playa San Fransico who are hoping to find other opportunities for exploration will want to think about going to San Miguel, which is in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the shore, San Miguel is a little ways off, maybe eight miles (13 kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be all that tough to find just the right type of hotel nearby. For visitors wanting to get a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodation options closest to Playa San Fransico.

Accommodations near Playa San Fransico
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel 0.5 mi. N Resort
Reef Club Cozumel 0.5 mi. NNE Resort
Nachi Cocom Beach Club 1.0 mi. S Resort
Occidental Allegro Cozumel 1.2 mi. S Resort
Grand Cozumel by Occidental 1.6 mi. S Resort
Iberostar Cozumel 2.0 mi. S Resort
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 5.1 mi. NNE Resort
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel 6.4 mi. NNE Resort
Park Royal Cozumel 6.4 mi. NNE Resort
Casa del Mar Cozumel 6.5 mi. NNE Hotel


Though this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you are prepared to drive a bit. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Mr. Sancho's Bar & Grill, which is not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa San Fransico
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mr. Sancho's Bar & Grill (987) 871-9174 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.7 mi. SSW
Nachi Cocom Restaurant (987) 857-1157 Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. S

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Playa San Fransico doesn't suit their tastes.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Corona, which is located within a short distance.

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


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