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.

Situated on the northern coast of the island of Isla Mujeres, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Many of the other beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are known for being calm, pleasant, and quiet. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Playa Pancholo.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since Playa Pancholo will be found within a popular area that can get crowded, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Playa Pancholo is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres; the area is home to other attractions such as Ixchel Goddess Statue, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Historical attractions such as Isla Mujeres Cemetery provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Playa Pancholo, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without straying too far from the coastline.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 very close to Isla Mujeres, so walking the city is a definite option. Those visiting Playa Pancholo who are seeking some additional excitement might want to consider checking out Isla Mujeres, which is close-by and is an especially active area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Because the beach is in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not usually all that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For those looking to book a place that's near the water, the following table shows the accommodation options closest 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Poc-Na Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Creole cuisine.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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

Isla Mujeres has many nice beaches, and Playa Pancholo is just one option.

You may also like Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. It is located three miles to the south-southeast. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Los Cocos is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located just a little ways away.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Pescador, which is located two and a half miles to the south-southeast.

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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