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“The rip off place” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Playa Chen Rio

Playa Chen Rio
Costera Este Highway 3.5 miles north, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Ranked #32 of 79 Attractions in Cozumel
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Tomahawk
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“The rip off place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Went there on our recent trip to Cozumel and felt we were ripped off on our bill There was no way we spent that much money for 4 beers and a plate of conch. Our waiter even asked for his tip. What a turn off.Won't tell people to go there ,to bad used to be a nice place.

Visited February 2014
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Oshawa, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Beach restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Good food. Clean bathrooms. Locals eat here on Sunday's. Great location on a large beach with some neat rock formations.

Visited February 2014
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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15 attraction reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“beautiful place off the beaten path in cozumel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

honestly, I just drove by this place while doing the self-guided scooter tour with my wife. We had stopped at a restaurant and beach a few kilometers before reaching this spot and it looked like the best beach to stop at on this side of the island. had several small inlets/lagoons to swim/snorkel at that looked protected from the waves and currents. also a restaurant right there.

Visited February 2014
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Kamloops, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“A less crowded beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

After a discussion with our taxi driver we agree to $25 USD return for 4 from Cozumel to Playa Chen Rio. We agreed based on the driver's assertions that there would be far fewer people and the beach was great and the seafood awesome.

There were fewer people ( 10-15 at the peak during our stay) and the beach (such as it was) was fine, however the seafood platter was disappointing.

We had one larger group 8 people stop by during our stay, but mostly it was a group of 6-8 others that were there for the day.

The clean beach area (where the Chen Rio folk had raked and cleaned) was not overly large, allowing for the rock outcropping that help form a tiny bay that was good for bobbing around in without being pounded by the surf. A walk down the beach that was uncleaned, was less rewarding with garbage, bits of glass, even condom packages littered amongst the seagrass and driftwood.

The seafood (we ordered the large sampler) was all overcooked and fairly greasy, the pico de gallo overly vinegared and the tortilla chips were hard. It was $90 USD for the platter and definitely not worth the money.

The platter of civeche that a neighbour had looked much better.

I would look elsewhere for a better day of beach and sun.

Visited February 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Vow Renewal Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Loved this beach. Beautiful and we have amazing photos taken here for our vow renewal. It is windy but gorgeous. There was a couple with a stand by the road selling things they make. They were so friendly too. The women gave me gifts because we were getting married again. I will remember this beach forever!

Visited January 2014
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