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.

Located in the heart of the island of Isla Mujeres, Playa Tiburon is on the North West edge of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Active couples and families who enjoy attractions that are right in the middle of it all will relish their time at 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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Be mindful that the region in which Playa Tiburon is located is is a much-visited area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Tiburon on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres; the area is home to other attractions such as Dolphin Discovery, which is a few hundred yards away.

If you want to learn more about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Isla Mujeres Cemetery, which is one of the closest places of historical significance in the area surrounding Playa Tiburon.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 tourists hoping to find some additional excitement might think about heading to Isla Mujeres, which is nearby and is an area full of activity.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Tiburon will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Beach-goers trying to find a place to stay close to the beach should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from nearby. You can find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown in the following table.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to eat at an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. Casa Rolandi is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both International and Italian dishes on the menu. They are also known for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on Isla Mujeres besides Playa Tiburon.

If the active mood at Playa Tiburon is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Playa Paraiso, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the southeast. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Playa Los Cocos may be a good choice. It is located just a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Playa Pescador, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, but Playa Tiburon is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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