Playa Pancholo

Set on the north tip of Isla Mujeres, Playa Pancholo. The beach isn't especially popular, despite it's beauty and cool waters, but those who do visit certainly enjoy beachcombing, sunbathing, and swimming. Beware of the current however, because there are days when it can be pretty strong.

Positioned on the northern side of the island of Isla Mujeres, You might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Playa Pancholo is the kind of hot spot where tourists head for a lively outing, and there's more than enough to keep them occupied - let's just say this beach's location isn't a secret.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Pancholo is located near the junction of Carlos Lazo and Lopez Mateos, where the road turns into Rueda Medina.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Pancholo enjoys blindingly white sand and emerald colored waters.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Playa Pancholo can be found within an area commonly frequented by travelers, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres. Ixchel Goddess Statue is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few local attractions.

Historical attractions like Isla Mujeres Cemetery provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Playa Pancholo, and allow visitors to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without having to go too far from the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Pancholo
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 0.1 mi. SSE Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 0.2 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.2 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 0.3 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 0.3 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Farito Lighthouse 0.9 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 1.8 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Observation Tower Observation Tower 4.2 mi. SSE Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.5 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Ekab Maya Ruin Historical Site 4.6 mi. SE Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Pancholo is near Isla Mujeres, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Playa Pancholo tourists hoping to find some additional excitement will want to think about going to Isla Mujeres, which is close-by and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it is not typically very tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For those hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the closest accommodations to Playa Pancholo.

Accommodations near Playa Pancholo
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Poc-Na Hostel 0.0 mi. S Hostel
Hotel Secreto 0.1 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Playa la Media Luna 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Plaza Almendros 0.1 mi. SSW Hotel
Hotel Francis Arlene 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Cabanas Maria del Mar 0.1 mi. WNW Hotel
Na Balam Beach Hotel 0.2 mi. NW Hotel
Hotel Belmar 0.2 mi. SSE Hotel
Ixchel Beach Hotel 0.2 mi. W Hotel
Privilege Aluxes 0.2 mi. SW Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Playa Pancholo; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Poc-Na Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has Creole food.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Pancholo
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Poc-Na Restaurant (998) 877-0090 Creole 0.0 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Alexia Y Geovanny -- -- 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Marco Polo Cafe -- International 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Mananas -- -- 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Jammin -- -- 0.1 mi. SSW Isla Mujeres
Hemingway's Grill (998) 587-2655 International 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Mene Mene -- Coffeehouse 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Mambo Cafe -- Café 0.1 mi. SSW Isla Mujeres
Aluxes Coffee House -- Coffeehouse 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Las Arrachera -- Mexican 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Aqui Estoy Pizza -- Italian 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Angelo's Pizza And Pasta -- Italian 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Isla Mujeres, so if Playa Pancholo doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Pancholo has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Playa Paraiso, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it three miles to the south-southeast. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Playa Los Cocos. It is located not far off the beach at all.

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

Maybe Playa Pancholo is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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