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 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Playa Tiburon is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Those visitors who can't get enough outdoor activities, people-watching, and waterside vendors will probably have a good 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, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since Playa Tiburon can be located within a popular area that can get crowded, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


Playa Tiburon is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the North West coast of Isla Mujeres; the area hosts attractions such as Dolphin Discovery, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Historic attractions, including Isla Mujeres Cemetery, offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Playa Tiburon, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without venturing too far from the coast.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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 is close to Isla Mujeres, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Guests visiting Playa Tiburon who are seeking additional places to explore might consider going to Isla Mujeres, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because the beach is situated in a relatively popular tourist area, it is not typically all that difficult to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For vacationers looking to get a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the options closest to Playa Tiburon.

Accommodations near Playa Tiburon
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Zoëtry Villa Rolandi 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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Casa Rolandi. The restaurant serves both International and Italian menu items. Visitors often rave about their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Tiburon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Casa Rolandi (998) 877-0700 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
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
La Lomita -- Mexican 1.2 mi. N Isla Mujeres

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Playa Tiburon on Isla Mujeres.

You might also enjoy Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. It is located one and a quarter miles to the southeast. If you're looking for something a little more private, Playa Los Cocos may be a good choice. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Pescador, located less than a mile away.

You may find that Playa Tiburon is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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