Paradise Beach in Cozumel, Mexico, was a great option for a cruise excursion if you want to spend a day at the beach, playing in the ocean and soaking up some rays. It’s a great place in particular for teenagers as there are a great deal of activities geared to them.
While on our recent cruise on the Carnival Freedom, we were looking for a way to enjoy the water while in Cozumel. It was our first port to visit and my kids were wanting to put their feet in the sand and enjoy a day at the beach. Paradise Beach was the perfect place to accomplish exactly that.
Paradise Beach, on the island of Cozumel, is exclusively for day use and a great option for cruise passengers wanting to play int eh sand & surf. Located about 15 minutes away from the port, we were off our ship and in the water in less than 45 minutes.
Paradise Beach: Cool Down
Paradise Beach offers a gorgeous blue pool with swim-up bar as an option to those wanting to swim in fresh water. This was actually the perfect place for my 6 year old. The water was crystal clear and nice and cool. And I was able to sit in the water on a lounge chair and relax while he swam.
But my kids wanted to try their hands at these water toys:
Literally, my big kids were in the water the entire time we were at Paradise Beach – I had to chase them out to quickly eat and reapply sunscreen. They went from toy to toy trying to climb, slide, jump, and flip themselves into the water. Over and over.
We had so much fun watching kids get bounced off this giant pillow:
They teamed up with other kids (and a few adults) to rock back & forth on this see-saw. It was hysterically fun to watch from the shore.
And fun for adults too! I swam out to some of the toys with my youngest, but will admit, it wasn’t the easiest (or most graceful) to climb up on some of them. We spent the majority of the time laughing at each other!
Paradise Beach: Other Fun
Paradise Beach also offers kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Parasailing and motorized sports are also available for a small fee. Beyond the water time, Paradise Beach has a sand volleyball court, henna tattoos, hair braiding, shopping.
My boys enjoyed trying to climb up this coconut tree to ring the bell.
Maybe you are just looking to relax on the beach? There was plenty of seating in either the shade or the sun. I brought my book, thinking I would have plenty of time to read. Ah, no. I wanted to play too!
Paradise Beach: Food & Drink
Paradise Beach offers a full menu to order food & drinks from. We opted for their chicken fajitas – which were actually very good – homemade tortillas y’all!!! – and cheese quesidillas. Their fish tacos also come highly recommended. And of course, they offer easy options for kids – cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, etc. They have a full bar with lots of fun drink options.
We enjoyed sitting on the beach for lunch, but they also have 2 different restaurant seating areas to eat at. And a food truck!
Paradise Beach: What You Need to Know
- It’s a $3 entrance fee per person to come into the club, which gives you access to the pool and beach.
- No reservations are needed – just show up!
- They do ask that you spend at least $10 per person on food and drink. Meal prices ranged from $6-$15, so that was easy to do.
- If you want to play on the water toys and have access to all the activities, get a “Fun Pass” wristband for $18 and have unlimited access to everything.
- Claim a spot on the beach or by the pool when you get there.
- Bring your own towels.
- To get there, just hop in a taxi at the port. You won’t have any trouble finding a taxi, as the stand is very busy. Just mention Paradise Beach and the drivers will know exactly where to take you. There were also plenty of taxis at the resort to bring us back to the ship. We didn’t have to wait either time. The cost was $15 each way for 4 of us.
If you are looking for a beach excursion while in Cozumel, I highly recommend the Paradise Beach. It was clean, the service was terrific, and all three of my kids wished we had more time there.
Disclosure: My family & I were hosted for the day at Paradise Beach. I was not compensated for this article. All opinions are my own.