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Best Beaches Around Isla Mujeres

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If you are wondering where to go to enjoy a nice swim, some snorkeling or the best spots to simply lay down and enjoy the sea breeze with a couple of cold beers in hand, this guide will help you find your perfect beach experience.

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8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Playa Lancheros

Restaurants

Playa Norte

Beaches

Punta Sur

Ancient Ruins

Shark Beach

Beaches

Garrafon de Castilla

Scuba & Snorkeling

Garrafon Natural Reef Park

Theme Parks, Water Parks, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

El Farito

Reefs

Makax Lagoon

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums

Barbara A's City Tips

  • While on the island, you can rent a golf cart to drive yourself around, or you can hire a taxi.
  • Wear light, comfortable clothes since you'll be doing a lot of walking and the weather is likely to be hot.
  • Carry your ID with you for discounts on entrance fees (these usually apply to children, students and local tourists.)
  • You can get here by ferry from Cancún. Ferries leave from Puerto Juárez or the Cancun hotel zone.
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    Playa Lancheros
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mexican, Caribbean)
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    Barbara A Says:

    A beautiful beach where besides resting and going for a deliciously refreshing swim, you can also eat at the restaurant and enjoy perfect sea views. Spend some time here in the afternoon while the sun is setting, or linger over a good meal with friends or family.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Order the delicious Tikinxic fish dish at the restaurant — you won't regret it!
    • Don't forget your towel and bathing suits.
    • You could skip the restaurant and bring a picnic instead.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 170 restaurants in Isla Mujeres
    • Beautiful Location 10/25/2017
    • great place to drink with your feet in the sand 10/09/2017
    • Playa Lancheros
    Address:
    South End Bahia
    Carretera a Garrafón km. 4.6 Playa Lancheros
    Isla Mujeres 77400
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 274 3733
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
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    Playa Norte
    Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you're spending some time in the downtown area to do some shopping or simply wandering around, Playa Norte makes for a perfect pit stop during the day. Here, you can grab a drink, relax by the sea, take a swim and just enjoy the beauties of the northern part of the island.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are a few places where you can grab a snack and some drinks, but you can also bring your own picnic supplies if you prefer.
    • The beach is in easy walking distance from the bars, restaurants and shops of the downtown area.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Isla Mujeres
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A lot to see 11/23/2017
    • Turquoise water and white sand 11/23/2017
    • Playa Norte
    Address:
    north end of Isla Mujeres
    Isla Mujeres
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 732 900 2095
    Other:
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    Punta Sur
    Ancient Ruins
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you're looking for peace and quiet, head to Punta Sur. Here you'll find one of the most beautiful views that the island has to offer, ruins of ancient temples dedicated to the goddess Ixchel, and other sculptures that you can admire as you walk around.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are some bars and restaurants nearby, and it's worth stopping at one and taking the time to enjoy the beautiful view.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Isla Mujeres
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful walk! 11/23/2017
    • Luv Isla Mujeres 11/17/2017
    • Punta Sur
    Phone:
    +52 800 727 5391
    Other:
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    Shark Beach
    Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    Another nice spot to spend some time at while visiting Isla, Playa Tiburon has a nice restaurant offering delicious fresh grilled fish — the perfect way to refuel after taking a swim. (Be aware however that in this part of the island you will encounter more seaweed underfoot.)

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    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't like the texture of seaweed, don't forget to bring your water shoes!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 48 things to do in Isla Mujeres
    • Pretty beach, ok food, sad shark 08/09/2017
    • Food quality poor and shark tank was just sad 08/06/2017
    • Shark Beach
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    Garrafon de Castilla
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you feel like exploring the aquatic life of the area, come here to snorkel and discover what lies under the sea and inhabits the area around the reef. There's also a nice spot where you can enjoy drinks and snacks as the sun sets.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a small entrance fee.
    • Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling equipment!
    • Be respectful of the marine life you encounter.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 46 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Isla Mujeres
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For “scaredy-cat” snorkelers like me! 11/02/2017
    • average 09/29/2017
    • Garrafon de Castilla
    Address:
    Carretera Punta Sur KM 6, Punta Sur
    Isla Mujeres
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 877 0107
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Garrafon Natural Reef Park
    Theme Parks, Water Parks, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Barbara A Says:

    Another, however more expensive option, if you feel like exploring and doing some activities, is this natural reef park. Here you'll be able to cross zip lines, kayak, swim, use the pool, or rent a bike and explore every little corner.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book entrance to the park, and the activities that you would like to do in advance.
    • Various packages are available.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 Water & Amusement Parks in Isla Mujeres
    • Great little snorkeling cove. 11/23/2017
    • Beautiful 11/11/2017
    • Garrafon Natural Reef Park
    Address:
    Carretera Garrafon Kilometro 6
    Manzana 41 Punta Sur
    Isla Mujeres 77400
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 193 3360
    Other:
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    El Farito
    Reefs
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    Barbara A Says:

    El Farito is one of the best snorkeling sites on the island. From lobsters, to different kinds of fish, to the most beautiful corals you can imagine — the best of nature's bounty is on display here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't forget your own snorkeling equipment if you want to come here independently.
    • Ask a fishermen at the dock to take you here, and give you a tour around.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 48 things to do in Isla Mujeres
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a bad little trip. 07/05/2017
    • Amazing snorkeling 07/01/2017
    Other:
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    Makax Lagoon
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums
    Barbara A Says:

    Makax Lagoon is home to one of the best sunset views around. Wander around to admire the native fauna and flora of the area before settling in to one of the local restaurants, and enjoying a meal as the sky turns crimson.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take mosquito repellent with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 48 things to do in Isla Mujeres
    • Closed at the time 05/11/2016
    • Nice view 03/21/2015
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