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.

Set on the island of Cozumel, Santa Pilar is on the North West coast of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying nearby. Finding the best beach in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean is easy if you seek the right balance. You may want one that is far away from the crowds, but still near many of the major hotels and restaurants; Santa Pilar is one of the best choices, if you seek this sort of balance.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Patrons of nearby hotels often visit the Santa Pilar beach, which is located along the northern hotel strip.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North West coast of Cozumel. It is near Cozumel Country Club, which is found three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If a visit to the Santa Pilar isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Santa Pilar
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 0.8 mi. SW Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 3.5 mi. SW Cozumel
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 6.5 mi. SW Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Santa Pilar is near San Miguel, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Tourists at Santa Pilar who are looking for other opportunities for exploration might want to consider heading over to San Miguel, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the coast, San Miguel is just up the road, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay close to Santa Pilar shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. Find the closest lodging options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Santa Pilar
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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 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
Guidos Boutique Hotel 3.5 mi. SW Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit an area restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is Beach Club. The restaurant has both Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes on the menu. They are also known for serving seafood and tacos. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Santa Pilar
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Club -- Mexican, Tex-Mex Very Casual 1.1 mi. WSW
Chan Kaan Restaurant (987) 869-5160 Mexican Fine Dining 1.1 mi. WSW
Palma Azul Restaurant (987) 869-5160 International Informal 1.1 mi. WSW
Palapa Snack Bar -- American Very Casual 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
The Cocay Restaurant (987) 872-5533 Mediterranean Informal 3.5 mi. SW
Guido's (987) 872-0946 Italian Informal 3.5 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Santa Pilar isn't the only beach worth visitng on Cozumel.

You may also enjoy Dzul Ha, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Perhaps Santa Pilar is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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