Cozumel Beaches on the "other side"
Chen Rio is the talk of the town now. As the name would indicate "Chen Rio" got its original name because of a river that used to flow through it. The roadway before hurricane Wilma cut off the flow between the sea and the mangrove swamps. Well, thanks to Hurricane Wilma The river is back! Only this time instead of building a road over the river and filling it; They put a large drainage system under the road to let the natural course of the rive flow unimpeded.
The lush vegetation between the beach and the cove makes it ideal if you would like to experience flora and fauna mixed in with your beach. Chen Rio is one of our favorite Cozumel Beaches on the "other side" of the island.
Fresh seafood and civiche are the specialties. Make sure to ask your waiter to bring out the fish that he intends to serve you. Inspect it and make sure that the eyes are crystal clear. If they are not, point that out and ask to see another one. This will ensure that you get the freshest catch of the day.
There is also a small shop that sells some handy crafts but there are better deals down the road toward "El Mira Dora" and in town on 30th Ave.
The video below gives you a good idea of what the whole fish platter looks like and what you can expect. The food is delicious and the beach cove makes for a beautiful view.
There is lots of shade here and plenty of seating: except for Sundays when all the locals come out to play. It is a tradition for the locals to descend on Chen Rio every Sunday. The protected cove is cordoned off for swimming without rip tides. However, after a heavy rain the water can get contaminated with bacteria from runoff water. I would stay well south of the cove after a heavy rain and use precaution when the surf is up.
Overall Chen Rio is one of the most naturally beautiful of Cozumel Beaches, and a great way to spend the day as you drive around to "the other side of the island".
Although the food prices are a little bit steep; that shouldn't keep you from visiting Chen Rio. It is well worth the experience.
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