Playa Tiburon

Playa Tiburon, which means Shark Beach in English, is set on the west coast of Isla Mujeres. Don't let the name fool you, the only sharks you'll likely see are housed in pens on the shore. For just $2(USD), you can take pictures, and sometimes even swim with, a small collection of subdued nurse sharks.

Situated on the island of Isla Mujeres, Playa Tiburon is on the North West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Those vacationers who enjoy immersing themselves in the city's busy thoroughfares may never want to leave Playa Tiburon.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Tiberon is located near the turtle farm on the west coast of Cozumel.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach is one of the more developed on the island, so those who want to make their beach day a full experience should head to Playa Tiburon. Along the back of the beach guests will find vendors selling everything from snacks to henna tattoos, and closer to the emerald green sea is a small stretch of white sand.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Bear in mind that the region in which Playa Tiburon is located is rather congested, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Playa Tiburon is on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres. It's located near Dolphin Discovery, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want more information on the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. The nearest historical attraction is Isla Mujeres Cemetery, which is one of the closest interesting historical sites in the area surrounding Playa Tiburon.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Tiburon
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 0.2 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Farito Lighthouse 0.8 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 1.4 mi. N Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.5 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 1.5 mi. N Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 1.5 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 1.5 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Observation Tower Observation Tower 2.7 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.0 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Ekab Maya Ruin Historical Site 3.1 mi. SE Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Tiburon guests hoping to find further attractions should think about checking out Isla Mujeres, since it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those hoping to find a hotel room near the beach won't have a tough time, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's listed below.

Accommodations near Playa Tiburon
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort and Yacht Club 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Casa Ixchel Hotel 0.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Hi-Na-Ha Beach Resort 0.6 mi. SE Hotel
Villa La Bella 0.8 mi. E B & B
Casa el Pio 1.3 mi. N Hotel
Perla Del Caribe Marazul 1.3 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Roca Mar 1.3 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Belmar 1.4 mi. N Hotel
Velavento Hotel & Beach Club -- -- Hotel


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you dine at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Casa Rolandi. The restaurant offers both International and Italian dishes on the menu. Visitors often rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

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

Restaurants near Playa Tiburon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Casa Rolandi (998) 999-2000 International, Italian, Swiss 0.3 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Veradero -- Cuban, Mexican 0.3 mi. E Isla Mujeres
Le Metissage (998) 877-0700 French, Fusion, Mexican 0.3 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Cachirulo Tacos -- Mexican 0.5 mi. E Isla Mujeres
Da Luisa (998) 888-0107 Italian, Mexican 0.5 mi. ENE Isla Mujeres
Captain Lafitte -- -- 0.6 mi. N Isla Mujeres
Zama Yacht and Beach Club +52 (998) 877 07 39 -- 0.8 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Veradero De Oscar -- -- 0.8 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Playa Mexico Beach Club -- -- 1.1 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Playa Tiburon -- -- 1.1 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Hunic -- -- 1.1 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Medina Taco's -- Mexican 1.2 mi. SE Isla Mujeres

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Isla Mujeres, of course, so Playa Tiburon is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. It is located one and a quarter miles to the southeast. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Playa Los Cocos is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa Pescador, which is located within a short distance.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean; then again, Playa Tiburon is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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