Northeastern Cozumel Beaches
Cozumel’s northeastern shoulder is its lost coast, the wildest and least-visited part of the island. Paved roads hug (or give access to) almost every part of the island’s shoreline, save that 25-kilometer (15-mile) stretch from the Carretera Transversal up to Punta Molas.
There are some scenic beaches along the way, plus the ancient Maya site of Castillo Real at around the 22-kilometer mark.
The road itself is a challenge—four-wheel drive is essential to avoid becoming mired in deep sand—and hurricanes and other storms can render it impassable. The area also is at the center of a bitter, on-again off-again land dispute and is occasionally closed without warning.
If you do go, be aware that there are no facilities whatsoever, or any other people most of the time. If you plan to camp, take plenty of water and food, a flashlight, extra batteries, bug repellent, and a mosquito net.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition