Playa Lancheros

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Playa Lancheros is a small beach on the southwest coast of Isla Mujeres, best known for a seafood restaurant of the same name that is set on the beach. Meal times is when the crowds come in, so vacationers looking for a secluded each-going experience can find it here early in the morning and in the middle of the afternoon.

Located near the heart of the island of Isla Mujeres, Playa Lancheros is on the South edge of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Visitors should keep in mind that, while Playa Lancheros is certainly not secluded, you wouldn't necessarily call it a busy beach either. This makes it a good option for vacationers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

How to Access The Beach

Playa Lancheros is set just off Rueda Medina.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Lancheros has a number of attributes. The shore is fringed by palm trees, souvenir stands, and bars, while right in the thick of the rather gravely sand are lines of beach chairs. Off to one side is a small pen filled with nurse sharks where guests are welcome to swim for $1(USD) per person. Out at sea, visitors will find calm emerald green waters.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Keep in mind that the region in which Playa Lancheros is located is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South coast of Isla Mujeres; the area hosts attractions such as Observation Tower, which is three quarters of a mile to the southeast.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. The nearest historical attraction is Ekab Maya Ruin, which is one and a quarter miles away.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Lancheros
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Observation Tower Observation Tower 0.8 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.1 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Ekab Maya Ruin Historical Site 1.2 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 1.7 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
El Farito Lighthouse 2.7 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 3.2 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 3.3 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.4 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 3.4 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 3.4 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Lancheros is very close to Isla Mujeres, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Guests visiting Playa Lancheros who are looking for other interesting places to see will want to consider going to Isla Mujeres, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Lancheros will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests trying to find a place to stay near Playa Lancheros won't have a difficult time, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from in the surrounding area. You can find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over what's listed below.

Accommodations near Playa Lancheros
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Maria's Kan Kin 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Casa De Los Suenos Resort And Spa 0.4 mi. SE Resort
Velavento Hotel & Beach Club -- -- Hotel
Hotel Garrafon de Castilla 0.7 mi. SE Hotel
Unika Unique Hideaway 1.1 mi. SE Resort
Hi-Na-Ha Beach Resort 1.3 mi. NW Hotel
Villa La Bella 1.4 mi. N B & B
Zoëtry Villa Rolandi 1.6 mi. NW Hotel
Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort and Yacht Club 1.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Casa Ixchel Hotel 1.9 mi. NNW Hotel


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Casa O'S. This restaurant offers a menu of International food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Lancheros
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Casa O'S (998) 888-0170 International -- 0.3 mi. SE
Playa Lancheros Beach Club -- -- -- 0.3 mi. NW
Almar Lounge -- Asian, Fusion, Mexican -- 0.4 mi. SE
Playa Paraiso Beach Club -- -- -- 0.4 mi. NW
El Pueblito -- -- -- 0.7 mi. SE
Hunic -- -- -- 0.8 mi. NW
Playa Tiburon -- -- -- 0.8 mi. NW
Playa Mexico Beach Club -- -- -- 0.9 mi. NW
Azul De Fox -- -- -- 0.9 mi. N
Medina Taco's -- Mexican -- 0.9 mi. N
El Veradero De Oscar -- -- -- 1.2 mi. NNW
Le Metissage (998) 877-0700 French, Fusion, Mexican Fine Dining 1.6 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Lancheros on Isla Mujeres.

You may also enjoy Playa Garrafon, located within a couple of miles.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, visiting Playa Lancheros 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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