Playa Chen Rio
Playa Chen Rio
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Margaret B
Hallettsville, TX49 contributions
Couples
For us, this is the only way to spend some time during a cruise port stop. We schedule a 3 hour tour with Tours Plaza and this gets us a private driver for 3 hours. We’ve been to Cozumel enough that we know we want to immediately go across the island to the “wild” side where few cruisers go. We go to lunch at Senor Iguanas where they serve the BEST margaritas. And everything we have eaten there has been the epitome of fresh and delicious. After a leisurely lunch we head down to Playa Chen Rio and enjoy a second margarita although after the 1st at Senor Iguanas you really don’t need a second. Whew! Playa Chen Rio provides a great place to watch the waves and enjoy the sea breeze. It also has a protected tide pool area if you want to get in the water but not the waves. The driver will get you back to the cruise pier at the 3 hour mark and you will have had the *perfect* Cozumel cruise stop experience.
Written July 29, 2021
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FunAdventureGurl
Plano, TX21 contributions
We stumbled upon Chen Rio on our recent trip while staying on the East side of the island, not far away. What a beautiful beach! We had the best fresh lobster and fish for two - all for $45 USD - it was so good and the next time we are on the island, we will go back. I used to be a fan of Rasta Bar and Coconuts when i went to the East side of the island, and those are still good, but for a beautiful, fun and more authentic experience, check out Playa Chen Rio and their wonderful restaurant. Great food and great prices! I'm missing it just thinking about it! We will be back!
Written August 30, 2020
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Marguerite P
22 contributions
This place is amazing! The beach by far was the prettiest on the island. Its unfortunate they make getting there so difficult. Transportation is expensive, however if you can stay somewhere cheaper and use your money to get to this beach do that instead. They rent chairs and umbrellas for $25 usd, they have food, restrooms, or you can bring your own beer, and towel and chill at the beach. A definite must!
Written February 26, 2020
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Kimberly B
Grove City, OH6,613 contributions
We were driving along the "wild side" and I had heard people talk about this place for a place to "swim". There's not really beaches to swim at on the wild side because of the strong waves and current, but this place has a little cove with rocks blocking the big waves. It's a local favorite and the day we were there you could tell the locals love this place.

The beach is somewhat long and runs along the road. You will have to park on the other side of the road and it's free to come to. The water is only about knee deep and crystal clear. So, don't think you'll be actually "swimming". It's more of a place to bring your towel and put down on the sand and then sit in the water to cool off. The sand is powder soft as well.

It's not really a place I would come back to or a place I would personally spend a lot of time at, but it was good for a few hours.
Written June 20, 2021
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Fred F
Jasper, TN394 contributions
This area is definitely for those either living on the island or vacationing for multiple days. However, we hired a Taxi for the afternoon and were delighted with the beautiful beach and blue ocean water. The winds were high and the Red Flag was out on the beach so we didn't venture far into the water. This is about a 25 minute drive from the cruise port. There was a restaurant near by with a good variety and reasonable prices. We did not eat there.
Written January 15, 2020
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Indah Edlightz
Ontario, Canada2,817 contributions
Beautiful spot, but an absolute tourist trap. Guides bring you here because its isolated and all prices are insane. You can but a lobster for $53 or a hotdog for $12.
Amazing tacos at the pier are 50 cents.
If you can resist dining here... its a great spot to swim and relax.
Written October 22, 2020
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Jp
Brandon, FL3 contributions
Family
This place is gorgeous! But come prepared because there is no electricity so it’s cash only. The staff is extremely friendly, the food was all spectacular and the beer is cold. We were looking for a place where we could swim and eat and not be slammed with tourist. This place over delivered!
Written April 29, 2022
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Mayya
8 contributions
A must see on Cozumel, especially since it is free (there is a restaurant nearby but you don't have to purchase anything to enjoy the beach). The rocks on the north side protect the beach from the strong waves, creating a warm, shallow pool that is great for both kids and adults to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. If you have snorkeling goggles with you, you can spot urchins, lobsters, and fish in and around the rocks. Be careful swimming on the south side of the beach, as the current is very strong.
Written April 20, 2021
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Rachael H
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ132 contributions
By far the most beautiful part of the eastern island. The tidal pools are a must or you'll be a part of the caribbean sea bottom. The undertow is very strong this time of year; so really watch out when you go in the water.
Written January 17, 2020
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Family_guy_of_mn
Pawhuska, OK43 contributions
Family
Hello, we were on Royal Caribbean. It was a busy port day. 8 ships in port. We went directly to an area that had tours. We found a rental car stand and rented an economy car with insurance for $100. Jeeps wee $145 with insurance. They would not give on the price. We rented and took an immediate right turn out of the lot. We followed the signs around the outer edge of the island and drove about 40 minutes. This is a great beach area. Great rum tasting as well. Low pressure to buy.
Written February 17, 2020
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