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 side of the island of Isla Mujeres, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— should pay a visit to Playa Garrafon. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not quiet or boring either.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Playa Garrafon is of course found within an area that sees many visitors, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South East coast of Isla Mujeres; the area hosts attractions such as Observation Tower, which is about a hundred yards to the north.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Ekab Maya Ruin, which is a half mile away.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 near Isla Mujeres, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Playa Garrafon guests seeking other opportunities for exploration might want to consider heading to Isla Mujeres, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may meet guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not usually all that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For guests wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below 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 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is El Pueblito. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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
El Cachirulo Tacos -- Mexican -- 2.4 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Playa Garrafon isn't the only beach worth visitng on Isla Mujeres.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Lancheros, which is located three quarters of a mile away.

While Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has many alluring attractions, visiting Playa Garrafon or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean even more memorable.


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