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.

Positioned on the island of Isla Mujeres, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Travelers who can't get enough outdoor activities, people-watching, and waterside vendors won't have trouble fitting in at Playa Tiburon.

How to Access The Beach

Playa Tiburon is located on the west side of Isla Mujeres.

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.

Be mindful that Playa Tiburon's location is is a much-visited area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Tiburon is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres; it will be near other attractions like Dolphin Discovery, which is a mile away.

Historical attractions like Ekab Maya Ruin offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Playa Tiburon, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's past, without venturing too far from the coast. Actually, you'll find this spot just a walk or cab ride from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Tiburon
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 1.0 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Observation Tower Observation Tower 1.5 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.8 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Ekab Maya Ruin Historical Site 2.0 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
El Farito Lighthouse 2.0 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 2.5 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 2.6 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.6 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 2.6 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 2.7 mi. NNW Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Tiburon guests seeking a little additional excitement should think about checking out Isla Mujeres, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it typically isn't a great challenge to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For guests wanting to book a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the accommodation options closest to Playa Tiburon.

Accommodations near Playa Tiburon
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Velavento Hotel & Beach Club -- -- Hotel
Hi-Na-Ha Beach Resort 0.6 mi. NW Hotel
Villa La Bella 0.8 mi. N B & B
Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun 0.8 mi. NW Hotel
Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort and Yacht Club 1.0 mi. NNW Hotel
Maria's Kan Kin 1.1 mi. SE Hotel
Casa De Los Suenos Resort And Spa 1.1 mi. SE Resort
Casa Ixchel Hotel 1.2 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Garrafon de Castilla 1.4 mi. SE Hotel
Unika Unique Hideaway 1.8 mi. SE Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a local restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Hunic.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Tiburon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Hunic -- -- 0.0 mi. W Isla Mujeres
Playa Tiburon -- -- 0.1 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Playa Mexico Beach Club -- -- 0.1 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Playa Paraiso Beach Club -- -- 0.4 mi. SE Isla Mujeres
Zama Yacht and Beach Club +52 (998) 877 07 39 -- 0.4 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
El Veradero De Oscar -- -- 0.4 mi. N Isla Mujeres
Playa Lancheros Beach Club -- -- 0.4 mi. SE --
Medina Taco's -- Mexican 0.5 mi. NE Isla Mujeres
Azul De Fox -- -- 0.5 mi. NE Isla Mujeres
Le Metissage (998) 877-0700 French, Fusion, Mexican 0.8 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
Casa Rolandi (998) 999-2000 International, Italian, Swiss 0.9 mi. NW Isla Mujeres
El Cachirulo Tacos -- Mexican 0.9 mi. N Isla Mujeres

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach on Isla Mujeres will have lots of options besides Playa Tiburon.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it a few hundred yards to the southeast. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Pancholo is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Pescador, which is located within a short distance.

There's plenty to see and do in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, so visiting Playa Tiburon is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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