Playa Garrafon

Photo Credit: © Dug Song CC BY

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 side of the island of Isla Mujeres, You might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, should give Playa Garrafon a try. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's also not completely secluded.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Keep in mind that the area surrounding Playa Garrafon is highly urbanized, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South East coast of Isla Mujeres; it's located near attractions like Observation Tower, which is about a hundred yards to the north.

If you want more information on the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Ekab Maya Ruin, which is a half mile to the southeast.

If a visit to the Playa Garrafon isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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 tourists hoping to find further attractions might think about heading over to Isla Mujeres, since it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors trying to find a hotel room near Playa Garrafon are in luck, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing those shown in the following table.

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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is El Pueblito. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach on Isla Mujeres will have lots of options besides Playa Garrafon.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Lancheros, located three quarters of a mile to the northwest.

There's plenty to see and do in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, and Playa Garrafon is just one of the many options.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.