Playa Xhanan

Located on Cozumel, Playa Xhanan is a remote beach, offering exciting rock formations and incredible ruins. The water itself is great for experienced divers and snorkelers and is a popular spot for spear fishing for lobster, ocean trigger fish, and many more. Those that aren't confident in their swimming abilities should think twice about this beach, particularly due to the dangerous riptides.

Located on the northeastern edge of the island of Cozumel, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't crowded into a major metropolitan area; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Playa Xhanan are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach

Four wheel drive is a must for getting to Playa Xhanan, so consider signing up for one of the Wild Tours that utilize ATVs to get to the area if your rental car lacks it.

Amenities and Ambiance

Reaching Playa Xhanan, one of Cozumel's most remote beaches, can be a bit of a challenge for visitors. Once there, however, you're guaranteed a unique beach experience. Instead of powder sand and gentle seas, expect to find Maya ruins to coral rocks. It may not be what first comes to mind you you picture a tropical beach, but exploring Playa Xhanan is a great way to learn more about the area.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. If available, you could also order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Due to the rough terrain of Playa Xhanan beach, the majority of beachgoers found here are locals with four-wheel drive vehicles or tourists who have rented ATVs.

If you find that you choose shores that bring guests a tranquil place to escape, then maybe head on over to Playa Xhanan; it is hidden away in a less urbanized area of the region.

What's Nearby


Playa Xhanan is on the North East coast of Cozumel; it will be near other attractions like Cozumel Country Club, which is not too far from this coast, and can be reached in a taxi.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Xhanan
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 12.0 W Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 13.7 W Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 16.3 WSW Cozumel
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 18.3 WSW Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 21.7 SW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

It may take some traveling to get there, but Playa del Carmen, just about 22 miles away, is the closest city. though you may find some small-scale towns nearer to the beach.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels.

Don't anticipate finding any of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's popular hotels lining this beach, though if you're hoping to evade hoards of travelers, the shortage of places to stay will be a pleasant sight.


You might not find any places to eat in the immediate surroundings of this shore, so you may choose to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Cozumel, and Playa Xhanan is just one option.

You might also enjoy Sunset Beach, another place which provides plenty of quietude and peace. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Playa Bonita could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other popular destinations. It's found four miles to the south-southwest.

You may also enjoy Santa Pilar, located 11 and a half miles to the west. Although there is little privacy on the Santa Pilar beach, vacationers staying at nearby hotels and resorts will love the convenient location of these shores.

You may find that Playa Xhanan is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean you might like.


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