There are beaches on the eastern side of the island, but you’ll need a rental car to get there.
Playa (meaning “beach” in Spanish) San Juan runs along the northern hotel strip and is rock along with sand. It’s just to the north of the Melia Mayan Hotel. Loved by families, this favorite has plenty of shade, calm water, excellent windsurfing, and restaurants.
Snorkeling is good off the beach along the rocky areas. Because of the sand runoff, coral does not grow except near the rocks.
You can rent snorkel gear at the beach.
There are some retaining walls built by the hotels in the area, but remember, in Mexico all beaches are public. Feel free to walk around the walls if the sand is better there.
- Sand – fine grain white/gold powder, some coral pieces
- Facilities – full service, restaurants close by
- Shade – mature palms trees, huts, umbrellas
- Sports – all water sports
- Notes – not too crowded