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 island of Isla Mujeres, You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are often though of as secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. While these beaches are a perfect fit for some, those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety at 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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Playa Pancholo can be found in a major tourist area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Pancholo is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres. It is near Ixchel Goddess Statue, which is found a few hundred yards away, and it is among the area's attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One attraction of this sort is Isla Mujeres Cemetery, which is one of the interesting historical sites which can be visited in addition to Playa Pancholo.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Pancholo
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 0.1 SSE Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 0.2 SW Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 0.3 SW Isla Mujeres
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 1.8 S Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.5 SE Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Pancholo is very close to Isla Mujeres, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Playa Pancholo tourists seeking other interesting places to see will want to think about making the trip to Isla Mujeres, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is located in a fairly touristed area, it typically isn't very tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your party are hoping to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodation options closest to Playa Pancholo.

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


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Poc-Na Restaurant. The restaurant features Creole cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Pancholo
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Poc-Na Restaurant (984) 231-3472 Creole 0.1 mi. SSE Isla Mujeres
Alexia Y Geovanny (998) 215-1076 -- 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Mambo Cafe (555) 523-9521 Café 0.1 mi. SSW Isla Mujeres
Aluxes Coffee House -- Coffeehouse 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Aqui Estoy Pizza -- Italian 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Angelo (998) 877-1273 Italian 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Mamma Rosa (998) 238-8568 Italian, Mexican, Spanish 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Brisa Mexicana (998) 877-1062 -- 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
La Fuente de Yassi -- Snackbar 0.1 mi. SSW Isla Mujeres
Fayne's (998) 877-0525 International 0.1 mi. S Isla Mujeres
Chiles Locos (336) 5871-4270 Mexican 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres
Pizza Rock -- Italian 0.1 mi. SW Isla Mujeres

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach on Isla Mujeres will have lots of options besides Playa Pancholo.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Pancholo has you wanting more of the same, think about heading to Playa Paraiso, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it three miles to the south-southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Playa Los Cocos could be a good option for you. It is located just a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Pescador, which is located two and a half miles away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Playa Pancholo is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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