Chen Rio Beach Swimming Lagoon near San Miguel, Cozumel, Mexico

Tourists stay away from the windward coast because the constant waves are bad for swimming. That reputation is just fine with the locals. They prefer keeping their secret about the best beach on the “other side.” It is Chen Rio. The playa’s highlight is the warm, shallow waters of this lagoon formed by a large natural seawall. Nearby are restaurants and bars sheltered with thatch roofs. There is nothing like a delicious meal and a cold drink to compliment a hot tropical day.

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Chen Rio Quintana Roo C-1, Q. R., Mexico

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