Playa Palancar Beach

Starfish Rating of 4

Claim to Fame

The film location for the 1984 movie, Against All Odds, starring Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods.

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  • Where is it?on the southern west coast of Cozumel on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Coordinates: latitude» 20.3634°
    longitude» -87.0245°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: tropical
  • Development: developed areas; resort town
  • Length of Beach:
  • Type: white sand
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Within short distance of the Punta Sur Lighthouse, and crowded with lush tropical foliage, this is a beach with pretty scenery and abundant options for enjoyment. Itís perfect for relaxing, playing and family pleasures.

With the Palancar and Colombia Reefs just off the shoreline, there is supremely good diving and snorkeling to be had very close at hand, and a local planner organizes guided diving trips.

Activity options here are not as many as some other leeward coast Cozumel Beaches, but nobody cares; here is where you can just hang out and soak up the sun in the beach hammocks provided for your napping pleasure.

If diving is not to your taste, try sailing. Even if youíre beginner yachtsman, there are smaller boats where you can learn the ropes (pun intended!) from a professional. Be it on the shoreline or out on a boat, fishing is a popular sport at Playa Palancar Beach, and your catch of the day might just be barbequed on the beach for dinner!

Charter a sailboat, join a diving crew that explores the reefs, snorkel for hours, making eye contact with fish as colorful as the Mexican people, or just sit on the beach and pretend youíre the only person in the world. Close your eyes and feel the sun penetrate, melting away your winter chills. Playa Palancar has the means to de-stress your world.

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