So you have found yourself on the incredible island of Cozumel and are looking for a place to relax? Search no further and enjoy this article about all of the best beach clubs in Cozumel.
Cozumel is a fantastic destination to visit year-round with a heap of available activities and different places to explore. For a small island, there are tons of things to do in Cozumel.
While vacationing here, find yourself scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, surfing, horseback riding, and of course, spending the day at a beach bar in Cozumel.
Relaxing the day away at one of the many beach bars in Cozumel is a beautiful way to relax, work on your tan, and experience the magical blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. After a day near the water in Cozumel, I always return home feeling rejuvenated and re-energized.
Because Cozumel is such a tourist hot spot there are plenty of beach clubs and beachfront restaurants. But how do you choose which one to visit?
The answer will depend on your style and what you are looking for. Different Cozumel beach clubs offer different amenities anywhere from private-upscale and secluded, to friendly family fun. The choices are endless.
Stick with this article to continue learning about the 6 best beach clubs in Cozumel, but first some good information on what to expect.
What to Expect from beach clubs in Cozumel
One essential thing to know in Mexico is that all beaches are public spaces. No one can own the beach. Yes, you can own a beachfront property with private access to the beach, but the first 20 meters inland from the high tide line is marked as accessible for public use.
If you want to pack your cooler and create a beachfront picnic of your own, you are allowed to do so. This is a budget-friendly way to enjoy the beaches of Cozumel.
Beach clubs are fantastic because they offer amenities that you wouldn’t experience on a self-made beach day. Cold, endless drinks, yummy food with helpful service staff, bathrooms, lockers, and showers. Some beach clubs in Cozumel even have pools.
As I mentioned earlier, beach clubs in Cozumel come in many different shapes and sizes. You will find simple beachfront restaurants with a few hammocks and chairs, mega beach clubs with inflatable water attractions for the kids, beach clubs with all-inclusive drink options, and beach clubs that are also home to scuba dive shops.
Minimum Spend and Cover Charge
Depending on what beach club you visit in Cozumel will determine the minimum spend rule. Though not as expensive as beach clubs in Tulum or beach clubs in Playa del Carmen, you will still find many places that require you to spend a certain amount to use their facilities.
Some beach clubs will require a “minimum spend” giving you access to the facilities on site (ie: bathrooms, lounge chairs, showers, and shade), and in exchange, you are purchasing food and drinks.
Normally, you pay the fee upfront as you enter the establishment. The beach club will then give you a wristband or ticket which later you will provide to your server and the fee will be deducted from your final bill.
That being said, a lot of beachfront restaurants in Cozumel do not have a “mandatory” minimum spend. You are just required to order something off of the menu to enjoy all the amenities. That can be a simple round of drinks or a few plates of food to snack on while you relax.
What to bring to a beach club in Cozumel?
One of the best parts about visiting a beach club in Cozumel is that you don’t need to pack too many things. You can leave your cooler, beach chairs, and umbrella at home.
What I recommend packing is your swimwear, a towel, a beach hat, a rash guard, and your snorkel equipment. Check out our packing list for Cancun or what to wear in Tulum to get an idea of what to pack for Cozumel beach clubs.
Sunscreen is a controversial topic in Cozumel as it causes damage to the coral reefs. Many facilities across Cozumel will prohibit the use of sunscreen, tanning oils, and even “reef-safe” sunscreen. If staff sees you using it they will ask you to shower off before entering the water.
They are doing their best job to protect the reef from human damage.
Then how do you protect yourself from the sun you might ask? Long-sleeved rash guards, long-sleeved bathing suits, and yoga pants are all appropriate clothing articles to use while swimming to protect your skin from the sun’s strong UV rays. In cooler months, these clothing articles are a perk to keep warm in the cooler ocean water.
Should I Tip the service staff?
Just like tipping in Mexico anywhere else, tipping in Cozumel tipping is as normal as tipping in Canada or the United States.
10% – 20% is a good range to tip depending on the satisfaction of your service.
A good habit to practice in Mexico is to always review your bill to make sure everything is correct and matches what you have ordered.
In Cozumel, I have never experienced any extra weird charges on my bill, in comparison to other cities in the Mayan Riviera.
What are the best beach bars in Cozumel?
There are so many beach clubs in Cozumel offering different vibes, amenities, and services. To help you out here is a list of the best beach Clubs in Cozumel. Any of these places will have you relaxing and lounging the day away.
1. Playa Azul
Playa Azul is first on my list of the best beach clubs in Cozumel. It is one of my favorite spots to relax the day away.
You will find Playa Azul on the northern stretch of the island.
Playa Azul charges 200 pesos minimum spend as you enter. This is just over $10 USD. You are given a wristband, and at the end of your visit, the 200 pesos is deducted from your bill.
The beach club has a small sandy beach set up with lounge chairs and palapa umbrellas perfect for lounging with shade from the sun.
Behind the beach, the beach club has a restaurant set up with lots of tables and chairs with a large deck in the front extending over the beach overlooking the water. On the deck are some sun lounge chairs as well. This is my favorite spot to perch myself for the day
The water in front of Playa Azul is stunning with different shades of blue.
You can enter the sea from the shore from the soft sand and head out for a snorkel. This is a great place for an easy snorkel. There are tons of fish and small reefs for you to explore. There are showers and washrooms on site for you to rinse off after you swim.
On the menu, you can find a good variety of Mexican and American favorites. The chicken wings and shrimp fajitas are 2 of my favorites.
They also offer a full bar with a nice selection of tasty blended cocktails.
2. Sky Reef
Another one of my favorite beach bars in Cozumel is the Sky Reef.
This is a great place to spend the entire day swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing under the sun.
There is no mandatory minimum spend at Sky Reef, but it is suggested you order from the menu to enjoy the facility. Apart from its a la carte menu Sky Reef does offer different food and beverage experiences, with options to include Tequila tastings, snorkel gear, and bottomless drinks.
Sun loungers, umbrellas, and tables and chairs are spread out over the property. A dock with a set of stairs at the end serves as an entrance to the water.
Sky Reef is a great place for snorkeling. You will find big fan coral along the shoreline with plenty of fish. The area in the water is roped off and protected with buoys to mark the area that is safe to swim.
On the menu, you will find some delicious choices. Nachos, ceviche, tacos, burritos, seafood, and the list goes on. The Sky Reef hamburger is my favorite thing on the menu. There are tons of great options, but this is one of the best burgers on the island.
Sky Reef also has a full bar. They offer a wide variety of blended cocktails, spirits, beer, and juices.
The service staff are friendly, welcoming, and attentive which is a bonus.
Hidden amongst the north hotel zone in Cozumel, you will find this absolute gem of a beach club called Buccanos. If you ask the people on the island, you will easily find out that this place could be the best beach club in Cozumel.
Buccanos is a huge beachfront property with magnificent views of the sea.
There are a few different sections to Buccanos. They have a beachfront, poolside, and restaurant. Each section has a calm relaxed vibe.
At the beach, you will find sun loungers and palapas and direct access to the ocean through a sandy beach.
Here the water is shallow and the sand is soft. A little further out to sea on the bottom of the ocean, you will find some small coral reefs making for a pleasant easy snorkel.
A few steps away on the property you will find a shallow pool with loungers and the entrance to the table seating area.
The restaurant’s interior is open air with beautiful stone walls and archways creating a cozy and inviting environment.
One of the reasons Buccanos is my favorite beach club in Cozumel is because of its upscale menu. The menu offers appetizing options from traditional Mexican favorites to contemporary seafood dishes and of course classic American options. Grab yourself an order of lobster mac and cheese or the loaded steak fries.
Cocktails are hand-crafted, beers are cold, and there is even a small wine list to satisfy those who prefer grape to grain.
There is a mandatory minimum spend of 400 pesos (about $20 USD) which will be charged when you arrive and then deducted in full from your bill at the end of your visit. If you are visiting during peak season (November to March), be sure to book a table at least a few days in advance on their website.
Be sure to bring your snorkel gear because there are some small beautiful reefs lively with fish and sea creatures.
4. Mr. Sanchos
Mr. Sanchos is a cool place to visit for a day of fun in the sun.
You will find Mr. Sanchos along the southwest coast of Cozumel about a 20-minute drive from the center. Boasting 1,500 feet of white sandy beaches this is the perfect place to partake in water sports.
They offer everything from snorkel tours and scuba diving to wave runner rentals and parasailing. They even have horseback riding tours through the jungle. Kids will love the gigantic inflatable aquatic park with two large water trampolines.
While the kids play, you can indulge in a relaxing beachfront massage.
Mr. Sanchos offers different food and beverage packages. You can order off of from the a la carte menu with options like guacamole, ceviche, coconut shrimp, tacos, hamburgers, and more. Or take advantage of their all-inclusive packages and keep the drinks flowing.
Besides the amazing beach with turquoise water, the use of the swimming pools, beach loungers, kayaks, and locker rooms with showers are all available to use on the property.
5. Welcome to Miami Mojito Factory
If you are making a tour of the island you must make a stop at Welcome to Miami Mojito Factory on the northeast corner of the island.
Welcome to Miami is not really a beach club but rather a beachfront bar restaurant serving up the best mojitos in Cozumel with an extraordinary view of the sea.
The restaurant is nothing more than a palapa roof with some wooden tables and chairs for seating and hammocks for lounging.
There is a small beach where you can dip your toes in the ocean but I wouldn’t recommend swimming here because the waves and the currents are strong.
With that being said, this is the perfect place to come spend an hour or so, watching the waves break on the shore, sipping that ice-cold mojito.
I also recommend ordering the mixed ceviche. It’s one of the most flavor-packed ceviches that I have found on the island.
6. The Money Bar
The Money Bar in Cozumel lands a spot on my list of best beach clubs in Cozumel for so many reasons.
The location, the menu, the vibe, the staff, the snorkeling, and the list goes on.
Money Bar is about a 10-minute drive south of Cozumel’s center, with its beautiful property right on the water.
There are two sections where you can spend your time at Money Bar. Under the shade in the restaurant or oceanfront on one of the sun loungers.
There is no minimum spend here. Ordering off of the menu is sufficient to enjoy the facilities.
On the menu, you will find nachos, ceviche, chicken wings, seafood, sandwiches, pasta dishes, desserts, and so much more.
Money Bar is one of my favorite beach clubs in Cozumel for snorkeling. They have a metal staircase for you to get into the sea, and below in the beautiful water are tons of fish and corals for you to admire.
Staff are friendly and efficient making sure all of your needs are met.
Stick around into the early evening and admire a beautiful Cozumel sunset. And an extra perk is that on certain nights of the week, they even have live music.