Palancar Beach






Beachgoers from all around the world are drawn to Palancar Beach in Cozumel, where the water is bluer than ever, the sand is as fine and pristine as you could imagine, and the snorkeling and diving opportunities are some of the best in the region.

Palancar Beach is located far enough away from any action on the island that it retains an exotic, deserted-island feel.

Surrounding the beach are a lagoon and mangroves, habitats for native wildlife. On the beach itself, you’ll love the abundant shade provided by coconut palms, and if you’re lucky, you can snag a hammock or one of the palapas and simply lie back and take it all in.

Dive In

Though bumming around on the beach all day would be simple and enjoyable, most who come to Cozumel do so to take advantage of underwater activities.

Right offshore, you can catch glimpses of tropical fish, but to truly experience the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest reef in the world, you should book a snorkeling or diving excursion.

Eat and Drink

Since Palancar Beach is located in a relatively undeveloped part of the island, you won’t find a huge selection of restaurants and bars in the area, though there is one beachfront option and a handful of casual cafes along the main road. For lunch or dinner, plus some souvenir shopping, head back to town, where you can choose from a variety of international cuisines.

Palancar Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Mexico

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:May to July - best rates

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May - November


  • Several restaurants nearby
  • Rentals: Snorkeling gear, kayaks
  • No lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded