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.

Located on the northern coast of the island of Isla Mujeres, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are often though of as soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. This atmosphere is blissful to some, but busy vacationers may prefer something a little less out-of-the-way, 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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Keep in mind that Playa Pancholo's immediate surroundings are visited by quite a number of tourists, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Playa Pancholo on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres; the area hosts attractions such as Ixchel Goddess Statue, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want more information on the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Isla Mujeres Cemetery, which is one of the closest places of historical significance near Playa Pancholo.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Playa Pancholo guests seeking a little additional excitement might want to think about making the trip to Isla Mujeres, since it's nearby and is an area full of activity.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Pancholo will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is in a relatively popular tourist destination, it usually isn't much of a challenge to find just the right type of hotel nearby. For visitors wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows lists the 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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Poc-Na Restaurant. The restaurant offers a menu of Creole food.

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

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
Sancocho's Grill (998) 877-0373 Mexican 0.1 mi. SSW 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

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Isla Mujeres you might like besides Playa Pancholo.

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. It is located three miles to the south-southeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Los Cocos is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Pescador, located within a couple of miles.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has a lot to offer its visitors, but Playa Pancholo is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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