Cozumel passengers alway ask , "Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos"... which resort should I visit? This used to be an easy answer for those looking for an "all inclusive" option. The only option was Mr Sanchos. This changed in 2019. Paradise Beach started to offer all inclusive as well!
Now it's a bit tougher to choose which day pass is right for you. Not to worry, though. Below you'll find all of the info you'll need to settle the age-old competition between Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos.
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Before we get into the rules of engagement and start this melee, we'll need to first put all the cards on the table. While these are two of the most popular options, you have seven other great choices for your day at port. For details, see our full list of 9 All Inclusive Day Pass Options in Cozumel.
There's a resort option for everyone, whether you're a foodie, adventure seeker, or you're looking to tie on a serious buzz.
If you've checked out the other options and you've narrowed it down to Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos, then we're here to help.
Below you'll find an infographic showing the two resorts along with a number of different characteristics we've found most important to visitors. You'll also find the costs associated with each.
Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos - Infographic
From the analysis above you can see that there's no obvious winner.
For the price conscious, you'll find that Mr Sanchos is slightly cheaper for both adults and children. You'll save roughly $3 per adult and $4 per child when choosing Mr Sanchos vs Paradise Beach.
If you're planning to add the waterpark upgrade, then your savings are even greater. The Aqua Park at Paradise Beach will cost an additional $18, whereas Mr. Sanchos Water Park is only a $12 extra fee.
All of those savings are wiped out, though, if planning to snorkel. Your gear will be included in Paradise Beach's extra $18 Aquatic Park add-on. But, Mr Sanchos charges an additional $20 for snorkeling gear on top of the $12 for their waterpark!
Enough numbers. Let's get to the fun stuff.
Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos - 15 Round Fight
We'll go through each of the factors noted in our infographic, to provide a bit more color and to help understand how each round was scored.
We've had reports of Paradise Beach getting crowded. It's not certain whether they have a daily capacity and if they cut off access once that's reached.
Mr Sanchos, however, has a stated capacity of 450 guests per day. Once this limit is reached, they'll deny entrance. That could be a real bummer if taking a taxi all the way to the property.
To assure a spot, you can reserve the All Inclusive option. This will lock you in for a great day in Cozumel and eliminate all risk of either park hitting capacity.
With the provider below, you're also able to cancel any time before 11 days prior, so there's no risk. We often see the resort sell out, so book immediately once you've made your decision.
In terms of crowd control, we give this round to Mr Sanchos.
Both Mr Sanchos and Paradise Beach provide an all inclusive option. Each offers unlimited food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages! You'll also have access to beach and pool amenities. We'll get into the details of "what's included" further in the post.
From the information below, you can see that there's a clear winner when it comes to price. It's not a huge difference in price, but if going with a large group savings could add up.
- Adult: $60
- Teen (12-18): $40
- Child (4-12): $35 (one water & three small drinks)
- Infant (0-4): FREE
- Adult: $63
- Teen (12-18): $44
- Child (5-12): $38 (one water & three small drinks)
- Infant (0-5): FREE
For the "pay as you go" option, Mr Sanchos is free to access. They'll ask that you spend at least $10 at the bar or restaurant, which is easy to do with a couple drinks. But, there is no entrance fee.
Please note, however, that guests will be turned away if the daily capacity is reached and you don't have an all inclusive pass purchased.
Paradise Beach has a $3 entrance fee for guests. That will get you access to the beach, chairs, umbrellas, and ability to purchase the offered upgrades (see below).
This is an easy round going to Paradise Beach. The resort opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM. This is an hour later than its rival, which closes at 5:00 PM.
Typically, cruise ships depart around this time, so you probably won't need this extra hour. For the late departures, however, it could come in handy.
Mr Sanchos is slightly further away than Paradise Beach and will cost a couple more dollars each way. If you know your specific cruise port, you can find your exact cost in our Cozumel Taxi Rates post.
There you'll find taxi costs to all nearby attractions and also for our secret to saving 50% on your taxi rides while in Cozumel!
Hopefully, "wifi" won't be too much of a factor in your decision between Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos. But, we get it. You need to check on your virtual pet rock, peep the Nest Cam, or read up on some calming political news. Both resorts offer free wifi, so you should have no problem connecting to the mainland.
Neither resort go out of their way to provide child-specific features. Of course there's plenty to do for both the young and the old, but if looking for playgrounds or sock puppets, you won't find these at either resort. Both have an aqua park, however, that kids will love. These cost extra as seen below.
Mr Sanchos offers an Aqua Park with a bunch of features. Included are the following: Climbing Icebergs & Rocks; four Water Trampolines; Pyramid Slide; Water Totters; Moonwalk with Bouncers; Rock Slider. Unfortunately, however, access to the water park isn't included in your admission price. It'll cost an extra $12 for all-day access to this area.
Paradise Beach offers a water park as well. You'll pay slightly more for access at $18 for a day pass. Here are some of the included features you'll find there: water trampolines, 14-foot climbing iceberg, water slides, Jungle Joe climbing structures, Wibit Flipper, Aqua Glide Blast Bag, Rock-it water rocker, water mats, and more.
If you're like us, this is a mandatory item when picking your day pass. Unfortunately, Paradise Beach doesn't offer a swim-up bar. Their pool is located just a few feet from a bar, but definitely not in swimming distance.
Mr Sanchos has a delightful swim-up bar and one of Senor Sanchos many sons will be tending bar and eagerly awaiting your order. Ok, we made that part up. But, yes they do have this feature. Just be weary of the guy who never leaves his pool-stool.
Surprisingly, neither resort offers snorkeling gear with your admission pass. Mr Sanchos provides equipment for rent for $20 per day. Even if you purchase the all-inclusive option or pay for access to their water park, snorkeling gear is not included and must be rented.
Paradise Beach has a better deal. If you pay the $18 for access to water park, this includes snorkeling gear.
Some cruisers bring their own snorkeling gear. We've heard three main reasons for this. One, to save money. Two, because they're weirded out about sucking plastic that has touched hundreds of other mouths. And three, to have access to much better equipment. For example, these full-face snorkels on Amazon will cost you slightly more than the rental fee at these parks.
If choosing the "pay as you go" option at Mr Sanchos, you'll not have access to their water sports equipment. Kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, etc will cost you anywhere from $10 to $72. If going "all inclusive" for $60, you'll have access to kayaks, sailing equipment and windsurfing gear.
Paradise Beach offers access to some equipment if you choose to pay the $18 per day add-on fee. This includes kayaks, paddle boards and more. Otherwise, no water sports equipment is included in your $3 access to the park nor your $63 Day Pass.
Mr Sanchos has a few bonus features that are included in your free entrance. You'll have access to a beach volleyball court, hammocks, tiki huts, and a big jacuzzi.
Paradise Beach offers few "extras" without paying the additional fee. You'll have access to beach chairs, umbrellas, and some shaded area.
Towels are not included with your visit to either resort. At Mr Sanchos you can rent a towel for $15 and get $10 back when you return it. So it'll cost a total of $5 for the day as long as a manatee doesn't swim off with your towel.
Paradise Beach does not offer towels. You'll need to bring one from your cruise ship. Just don't leave it there!
If you're going for the "pay as you go" option, then cancellation isn't an issue.
If you decide to go All Inclusive at Mr Sanchos or Paradise Beach, you'll have the ability to cancel at any time up until 24 hours before your excursion. This flexible cancellation policy is only available using the link below. It's unclear if you're able to cancel if booking directly from the resort's web sites. Here's the link again to lock in your all inclusive pass with flexible cancellation policy.
Based on the info above, you can see that there are no wrong choices when deciding between Paradise Beach vs Mr Sanchos. Both are amazing options and almost a guaranteed great day in Cozumel.
We hope that we made your choice easier. If you'd like to see other options, check out our full list of 9 Cozumel Resort Day Passes here.
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