Playa Garrafon

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On the southwest coast of Isla Mujeres is Playa Garrafon. This beach is well kept and enjoys a number of facilities. Popular pastimes at Garrafon include sailing, snorkeling, other water sports, or simply lounging in the sand with a cold beverage in hand.

Located on the southern coast of the island of Isla Mujeres, You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Though there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. Before you arrive, consider some of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's most interesting options, like Playa Garrafon.

Amenities and Ambiance

Jutting out from the center of the beach at Playa Garrafon is a jetty, an indication that swimmers splashing around in the crystalline waters should keep an eye out for rouge water crafts. Back on shore, you will find the beach backed by Garrafon Park, with its rocky mountainous terrain, verdant trees, and mangroves. The beach itself has soft white sand dotted with tiki huts for shade and beach chairs for sunbathers.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Playa Garrafon is visited by quite a number of tourists, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South East coast of Isla Mujeres. It is near some interesting sites like Observation Tower, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

If you want more information on the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Ekab Maya Ruin, which is a half mile away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Garrafon
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Observation Tower Observation Tower 0.1 mi. N Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.2 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Ekab Maya Ruin Historical Site 0.4 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 2.6 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
El Farito Lighthouse 3.6 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 4.0 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 4.1 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.2 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 4.2 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 4.3 mi. NW Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Garrafon is in the Isla Mujeres area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Guests visiting Playa Garrafon who are hoping to find a little additional excitement will want to consider heading to Isla Mujeres, since it's nearby and is an active, busy area.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Garrafon will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is located in a relatively touristed area, it is not typically a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you're looking to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Playa Garrafon.

Accommodations near Playa Garrafon
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Garrafon de Castilla 0.2 mi. NW Hotel
Unika Unique Hideaway 0.2 mi. ESE Resort
Casa De Los Suenos Resort And Spa 0.5 mi. NW Resort
Maria's Kan Kin 0.5 mi. NW Hotel
Velavento Hotel & Beach Club -- -- Hotel
Hi-Na-Ha Beach Resort 2.2 mi. NW Hotel
Villa La Bella 2.2 mi. NNW B & B
Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun 2.4 mi. NW Hotel
Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort and Yacht Club 2.5 mi. NW Hotel
Casa Ixchel Hotel 2.7 mi. NNW Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Playa Garrafon; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is El Pueblito. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Garrafon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Pueblito -- -- -- 0.1 mi. NW
Almar Lounge -- Asian, Fusion, Mexican -- 0.5 mi. NW
Casa O'S (998) 888-0170 International -- 0.5 mi. NW
Playa Lancheros Beach Club -- -- -- 1.2 mi. NW
Playa Paraiso Beach Club -- -- -- 1.2 mi. NW
Azul De Fox -- -- -- 1.6 mi. NNW
Hunic -- -- -- 1.6 mi. NW
Medina Taco's -- Mexican -- 1.7 mi. NNW
Playa Tiburon -- -- -- 1.7 mi. NW
Playa Mexico Beach Club -- -- -- 1.7 mi. NW
El Veradero De Oscar -- -- -- 2.0 mi. NW
Zama Yacht and Beach Club +52 (998) 877 07 39 -- -- 2.0 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Garrafon.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa Lancheros, which is located three quarters of a mile to the northwest.

Perhaps Playa Garrafon is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean you might like.


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