Playa Norte
Playa Norte
4.5
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Just a short ferry ride from Cancun, this stunning stretch is known for its crystal clear turquoise waters and lush palm trees. Lounge on the soft white sand, take a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea, and have fun with beach activities like jet-skiing and parasailing. Book a snorkeling tour to see an array of marine life at the nearby coral reef or a whale shark tour during the summer months. Playa Norte is also home to beach clubs and bars, and restaurants serving traditional Mexican cuisine and seafood. If you can't get enough, consider staying at one of the no-frills beach hotels. – Tripadvisor
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  • Randall B
    Goodyear, Arizona108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect sand. Great service.
    We rented a golf cart. Drove to the end of a public street that stopped at North Beach. A very kind man named Kenji set is up with two lounge chairs and an umbrella for $20 and was our server for the day. He was kind and prompt and attentive. The beach is amazing. The view is unrivaled. The water is crystal clear. Perfect day.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Amy P
    Springville, Alabama341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous!
    Amazing beautiful white sand beach with calmer shallow water. Many boats pull up so it does get a bit crowded. The beach is accommodated by many restaurants offering lounger and umbrella rentals as well as bar and restaurant service, beachside. Great way to have your own excursion! Take a taxi there and rent a chair and umbrella. Or go the local way and bring your towel or blanket, sit in the shade of a palm tree and drink beer from your cooler. Muy bueno!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Calmjohn
    Leavenworth, Kansas6,425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Enough Time
    It was a beautiful day and a fantastic beach. The crystal clear water was fascinating to my wife. She usually only goes ankle deep in the water, but went out much farther. The beach was crowded, but not so much that we could not enjoy. It was our fault that we only had a short day. We plan to return and spend much more time.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • Stacey Q
    Calgary, Canada75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Constant threat of being ripped off and constantly harassed by street vendors. Would not recommend.
    Beautiful beaches but not a fan of this place. Constantly getting harassed by street vendors constantly. They don’t take no for an answer and they’re all trying to rip you off. Cabs are different prices from day-to-day. You have to be on high alert here or you’ll get ripped off. I’ll never come back here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Wendy K
    Baldwin, Wisconsin388 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every shade of blue!
    Our first time to Isla and Playa Norte did not disappoint. We arrived on February 16 and were here for a week. The water is a bit cooler than I would have liked, but it felt refreshing after a long day in the sun. This beach provides every shade of blue you can imagine, it’s beautiful. There are several beach clubs along the beach. We used, Guru, Green Demon and Mayan Beach Club. I would use any of them again and they are all priced about the same. We enjoyed food and drinks at all three clubs and everything that we tried ordered was very good. What impressed me the most was how good the service was at each beach club. The waiters were incredibly attentive and friendly. I can’t wait to visit again!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Justin Michael
    Cancun, Mexico6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staycation experience
    Best beach ever, the island is nothing but love. It’s Mexico but there’s so many people from all over the world it’s really a melting pot of cultures. So many people come here on vacation and get stuck and can’t leave. I’m one of those people. @Partymonster.isla hmu for any information or things to do here on the island. 6 years I’ve been here now.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Juliana T
    London, Canada9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    There are two main beaches on the Island. They are in the Centro area. Public beaches are free to use /walk or put a chair down. Most place have lounges that you can rent for the day for approximately 600 pesos a day which will have a combination of chair , umbrella and food/ beverage purchase included. The beaches themselves are soft and sandy the water glorious.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crystal clear, turquoise waters. White sand with many palm trees.
    Playa Norte is stunning. Palm trees line the coast with perfect white sand and crystal clear, warm turquoise waters. I highly recommend stopping at the beach here if you are in Isla Mujeres because it will be one of the best beaches you have ever been too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 9, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Playa Norte is stunning. Palm trees line the coast with perfect white sand and crystal clear, warm turquoise waters. I highly recommend stopping at the beach here if you are in Isla Mujeres because it will be one of the best beaches you have ever been too.
Written March 9, 2024
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Juliana T
London, Canada9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
There are two main beaches on the Island. They are in the Centro area. Public beaches are free to use /walk or put a chair down. Most place have lounges that you can rent for the day for approximately 600 pesos a day which will have a combination of chair , umbrella and food/ beverage purchase included. The beaches themselves are soft and sandy the water glorious.
Written February 25, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Justin Michael
Cancun, Mexico6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Best beach ever, the island is nothing but love. It’s Mexico but there’s so many people from all over the world it’s really a melting pot of cultures. So many people come here on vacation and get stuck and can’t leave. I’m one of those people. @Partymonster.isla hmu for any information or things to do here on the island. 6 years I’ve been here now.
Written February 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wendy K
Baldwin, WI388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our first time to Isla and Playa Norte did not disappoint. We arrived on February 16 and were here for a week. The water is a bit cooler than I would have liked, but it felt refreshing after a long day in the sun. This beach provides every shade of blue you can imagine, it’s beautiful. There are several beach clubs along the beach. We used, Guru, Green Demon and Mayan Beach Club. I would use any of them again and they are all priced about the same. We enjoyed food and drinks at all three clubs and everything that we tried ordered was very good. What impressed me the most was how good the service was at each beach club. The waiters were incredibly attentive and friendly. I can’t wait to visit again!
Written February 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard B
Edinburgh, UK4,011 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Certainly nice enough. Just a little bit busy for me. The island is small and Playa Norte is about a 10 minutes away from the port. So, it does get busy.

Certainly worth a look if you fancy a couple of hours sunbathing
Written February 9, 2024
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Stacey Q
Calgary, Canada75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful beaches but not a fan of this place. Constantly getting harassed by street vendors constantly. They don’t take no for an answer and they’re all trying to rip you off. Cabs are different prices from day-to-day. You have to be on high alert here or you’ll get ripped off.

I’ll never come back here.
Written January 22, 2024
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Sridhar
Eden Prairie, MN392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great beach but it gets filled up in no time. The best time would be in the morning before all the tour boats and the ferries arrive. Water is clear, no sea weeds and just an awesome beach for all ages!
Written January 14, 2024
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jmazur05
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Just another annoying Mexican tourist trap. Scammers are abundant. Prices are a joke. Food is substandard.
Written January 3, 2024
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Calmjohn
Leavenworth, KS6,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It was a beautiful day and a fantastic beach. The crystal clear water was fascinating to my wife. She usually only goes ankle deep in the water, but went out much farther. The beach was crowded, but not so much that we could not enjoy. It was our fault that we only had a short day. We plan to return and spend much more time.
Written November 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AlyBeau
Columbia, MO83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The beach is absolutely gorgeous. It was so crowded with people and boats and loud music.

Renting beach chairs was expensive.

It’s great for those who love touristy spaces but if you are looking for some peace by the sea or snorkeling, then this is not the place for you.

I’m glad I walked along the beach to have experienced it though.
Written November 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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