Santa Pilar

Located on the northern strip of San Miguel (North of the Cozumel International Airport), Santa Pilar is a long stretch of beach that features calm, shallow waters, perfect for swimming. The area is somewhat popular with tourists, particularly as you get closer to the hotels. It is possible to visit some of the hotels or individual vendors along the shore at Santa Pilar to rent equipment for many watersport activities including snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking.

Located toward the center of the island of Cozumel, Santa Pilar is on the North West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. At Santa Pilar, 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

Access to the beach is provide by a small road that connects to Rafael E. Melgar, the larger, two-lane highway.

Amenities and Ambiance

The coastline of Santa Pilar consists of rocky shores with little sand. Although all beaches in Mexico are public, certain parts of the beach may be difficult to visit, as they have been blocked off by retaining walls built by hotels. As such, those looking for a quiet, private beach experience may want to stick towards the central beach area.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Patrons of nearby hotels often visit the Santa Pilar beach, which is located along the northern hotel strip.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Santa Pilar is on the North West coast of Cozumel; it's located near attractions like Cozumel Country Club, which is three quarters of a mile to the south west.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Santa Pilar
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 0.8 SW Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 3.5 SW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 6.5 SW Cozumel
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 9.2 SW Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 13.3 SW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Santa Pilar tourists hoping to find further attractions will want to consider heading over to San Miguel, since it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the shore, San Miguel is a fairly short distance away, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Those hoping to find a place to stay near Santa Pilar should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of accommodations to choose from nearby. Find the closest and most convenient booking options by perusing those listed below.

Accommodations near Santa Pilar
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Casa Viento 0.4 mi. WSW B & B
Melia Cozumel 0.6 mi. W Resort
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort 0.8 mi. WSW Resort
Sol Cabanas del Caribe 1.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Playa Azul Golf and Beach Hotel 1.1 mi. WSW Resort
Fontan Cozumel Dive Resort 2.1 mi. SW Resort
Coral Princess Hotel & Resort 2.1 mi. SW Resort
Villa Las Iguanas 2.3 mi. SW Hotel
Casita De Maya Hotel 3.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Hacienda San Miguel 3.4 mi. SW Hotel


When you start craving an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Chan Kaan Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican food. They are also famous for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Santa Pilar
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Chan Kaan Restaurant (987) 869-5160 Mexican Fine Dining 1.1 mi. WSW
Palma Azul Restaurant (987) 869-5160 Mexican Informal 1.1 mi. WSW
Buena Ventura Terrasse (987) 872-3200 International Fine Dining 2.1 mi. SW
La Tienda Guido's (987) 120-1827 International Very Casual 3.5 mi. SW
Pancho's Backyard (987) 872-2141 Mexican Informal 3.5 mi. SW
Los Molcajetes 01 (987) 872 65 20 Mexican Very Casual 3.5 mi. SW
Manati -- -- -- 3.5 mi. SW
La Cocay (987) 872-5533 Mediterranean, Mexican Informal 3.5 mi. SW
Guido's (987) 872-0946 Italian Informal 3.5 mi. SW
Aqua Restaurant and Bar (954) 351-9236 Mexican Informal 3.6 mi. SW
Coffee Press -- Coffeehouse -- 3.6 mi. SW
La Veranda -- Caribbean Informal 3.6 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Cozumel, so Santa Pilar is not your only option.

Travelers may also want to consider Dzul Ha, another great beach choice in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and paying a visit to Santa Pilar is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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