Playa Mia Beach

Starfish Rating of 4

Claim to Fame

Cozumelís major beach area with a circus atmosphere and a fee (gasp!) for entry.

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  • Where is it?on the central part of the west coast of Cozumel on the Gulf of Mexico, at the southern end of the Costal Road
  • Coordinates: latitude» 20.3916°
    longitude» -87.0216°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: tropical
  • Development: small city with beachfront area
  • Length of Beach:
  • Type: white sand
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Playa Mia feels like a commercially operated beach, the kind you might experience in a larger urban center; it has the hustle and bustle you probably didnít go to laid-back Mexico to find, but itís hugely popular nonetheless. This is the terminal for a ferry to the mainland, so itís a congregating place, not just a beach.

With a childrenís mini-zoo and playground, ping-pong tables, a freshwater swimming pool and a string of little shops, Playa Mia is a hive of activity all day long. Family-oriented, it has ample fun for the kids and plenty of places for parents to enjoy a cold beverage in the shade. But itís expensive. Items donít cost that much more here than at any other developed beach, but there is a charge for everything.

Across a small stretch of water is the San Francisco Reef, ideal for snorkeling and exploring. Thanks to consistent, decent breezes, this beach is popular for parasailing, if you can mince your way through the jet skiers and swimmers.

The ivory sands of the beach are lined with large, leafy palm trees, creating shade that, at least, is no charge. A day at Playa Mia Beach is more exhausting than relaxing and travelers looking for R&R wonít find it here.

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