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 toward the center of the island of Isla Mujeres, Playa Lancheros is on the South coast of the island, You might want to drop by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Visitors will find that, although Playa Lancheros is by no means secluded, it's also not one of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's most crowded beaches. This makes it an excellent choice for those of you who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

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, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Don't forget that Playa Lancheros's location is highly urbanized, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Lancheros is on the South coast of Isla Mujeres; this area boasts other attractions such as Observation Tower, which is three quarters of a mile away.

Historical attractions such as Ekab Maya Ruin provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Lancheros, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without having to leave the coast. Actually, this shore is one and a quarter miles from this destination of historical interest.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Guests visiting Playa Lancheros who are seeking other interesting places to see might want to think about heading to Isla Mujeres, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Beach-goers trying to find a place to stay near the beach 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 lodging options by looking over what's listed in the table 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 Isla Mujeres Cancun 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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Casa O'S. The restaurant features International cuisine. They're also renowned for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are shown 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
Zama Yacht and Beach Club +52 (998) 877 07 39 -- -- 1.2 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on Isla Mujeres besides Playa Lancheros.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Garrafon, which is located three quarters of a mile to the southeast.

While Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Playa Lancheros is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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