El Faro

El Faro Beach is a part of a much larger stretch of sand along the coast in Playa del Carmen. With several hotel properties set right on the beach, you can always expect this spot to be busy.

Positioned in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, El Faro is on the East edge of Mexico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. If you prefer to escape the buzz of the city, it's good to know that the majority of beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are known for their privacy and seclusion. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better off visiting El Faro, one of the few beaches that draws a significant crowd.

How to Access The Beach

10 Nte. dead ends into El Farro where you can find parking along the street.

Amenities and Ambiance

Lined with lounge chairs, sunbathers can always be viewed along the shore of El Faro. The sand is white, soft and smooth, well kept besides the beach's popularity, and the water that washes ashore is clear and turquoise.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since El Faro can be found in an area that sees many visitors, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Mexico; it's located near attractions like El Faro Lighthouse, which is less than a hundred yards away.

Historic attractions, including Xcaret Maya Ruins, offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of El Faro, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, this coastline is located only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this historical destination.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near El Faro
Attraction Type Distance Direction
El Faro Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.0 mi. WSW --
D'Garheti Gallery Boutique Art Gallery 0.1 mi. W --
Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida Art Gallery 0.2 mi. WSW --
Plaza Principal Attraction 0.4 mi. SW --
Playacar Golf Course Golf Course 0.5 mi. SW --
Xcaret Maya Ruins Historical Site 0.7 mi. SW --
Puetra del Cielo Historical Site 1.5 mi. WSW --
Discovery Jungle Park Amusement/Theme Park 2.3 mi. WSW --
El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course 5.1 mi. NE --

Cities and Towns

El Faro guests looking for some additional excitement might think about heading over to Playa del Carmen, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Playa del Carmen is just up the road, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're wanting to find a place that's near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodations to El Faro.

Accommodations near El Faro
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Delfin Playa -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Rana Cansada 0.0 mi. W Hotel
Mosquito Beach Hotel Club 0.0 mi. N Resort
Hotel Encanto El Faro 0.0 mi. W Resort
Hotel Colibri 0.1 mi. WSW Hotel
Blue Pearl Suites 0.1 mi. NNW Hotel
Blue Parrot Hotel 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Tropical Casablanca 0.1 mi. NW Hotel
Tropical Casa Blanca 0.1 mi. NNW Hotel
Hotel Kinbe 0.1 mi. WNW Hotel


If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is El Faro Restaurant. This restaurant has International food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pizza. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near El Faro
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Faro Restaurant -- International Informal 0.0 mi. SW
Wicky's (984) 873-3541 International Informal 0.0 mi. SSW
El Pirata Playa del Carmen -- Mexican Very Casual 0.0 mi. NE
Mosquito Beach Restaurant (984) 873-0001 International Fine Dining 0.0 mi. N
Abyss Beach BBQ -- Grill Very Casual 0.0 mi. NE
Pancho Villa -- International Informal 0.0 mi. NW
Blue Restaurant -- International, Italian Informal 0.1 mi. NNE
La Lupitas Tacos -- -- -- 0.1 mi. N
Il Du Ca -- -- -- 0.1 mi. WNW
Zabor Restaurant (984) 873-0735 Fusion, Spanish Informal 0.1 mi. SW
El Agave (800) 227-2356 International, Mexican -- 0.1 mi. W
Mia Pizza -- Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Mexico you might like besides El Faro.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Secreto, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located 16 and a half miles to the northeast. Playa Secreto is an unknown jewel of Cancun. Privacy, sand, and sun are awaiting the lucky traveler who stumbles upon this secret. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Playa del Carmen is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it just a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Maroma Beach, located ten and a half miles to the northeast.

Perhaps El Faro is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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