Beaches on Isla Mujeres

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The rocky eastern shore of Isla Mujeres is considered by most to be too dangerous for swimming.  Instead, most visitors stick to the north and west points of the island where the waters are clear, the sands are soft, and families with young children feel safer letting their kids frolick -- fully surprivised, of course.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You will discover a large selection of beaches to enjoy on the island. For more detail concerning any of these beaches just click on the names of the ones you're curious about.

Playa Lancheros

Playa Pancholo: Set on the north tip of Isla Mujeres, Playa Pancholo. The beach isn't especially popular, despite it's beauty and cool waters, but those who do visit certainly enjoy beachcombing, sunbathing, and swimming.

A second place to consider is Playa Tiburon. This beach is one of the more developed on the island, so those who want to make their beach day a full experience should head to Playa Tiburon. Along the back of the beach guests will find vendors selling everything from snacks to henna tattoos, and closer to the emerald green sea is a small stretch of white sand.

Playa Paraiso: Playa Paraiso is located on the west coast of Cozumel. While none of the beaches on this island are ever really crowded, Playa Paraiso is especially sleepy, making it a great place to lay out a beach blanket and relax.

The chart just below enables you to get some key facts concerning the beaches that can be found on the island.

Beaches On Isla Mujeres
Name Location Coast
North Beach Downtown Isla Mujeres Northwest
Playa Garrafon 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isla Mujeres South East
Playa Lancheros 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isla Mujeres South
Playa Los Cocos Downtown Isla Mujeres North West
Playa Pancholo Downtown Isla Mujeres North West
Playa Paraiso 0.8 mi. South of Central Isla Mujeres South
Playa Pescador Central Isla Mujeres South West
Playa Tiburon 1.6 mi. South of Downtown Isla Mujeres North West

If you would prefer having a wider selection of points of interest beyond just these, you might want to look at other locations. To navigate to our guide to other attractions, go to this page.


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