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.

Situated on the island of Cozumel, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying very close. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you might really enjoy an afternoon at Playa Xhanan.

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.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, 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.

Playa Xhanan grants a calm and tranquil environment, in part because the surrounding area contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Xhanan on the North East coast of Cozumel; it will be near other attractions like Cozumel Country Club, which is 12 miles away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Xhanan
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 12.0 mi. W Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 13.7 mi. W Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 16.3 mi. WSW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Though it's some distance off at 22 miles away, Playa del Carmen is the closest populated region. though you may find some smaller towns near the 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.

Don't expect to find any of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's frequently visited hotels close to this beach, though if you're trying to dodge hoards of tourists, the shortage of accommodations should be a welcomed sight.


There aren't any restaurants near this beach, so you might want to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

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

You might also enjoy Sunset Beach, a beach which also offers ample opportunities to relax. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Playa Bonita. It's found four miles to the south-southwest.

Another option worth considering is Santa Pilar, which is located 11 and a half miles away. 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.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Playa Xhanan 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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