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.

Located near the middle of downtown Playa del Carmen, El Faro is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that most of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are quite calm and serene. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're much more likely to visit El Faro, which has a wider range of amenities nearby.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Bear in mind that El Faro's immediate surroundings are is a much-visited area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as El Faro Lighthouse, which is less than a hundred yards to the west-southwest.

Historic attractions, including Xcaret Maya Ruins, offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of El Faro, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this coastline is located just a walk or cab ride from this site of historical significance.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest 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 --
Mexican Handcrafts Art Gallery 0.4 mi. SW --
Plaza Principal Attraction 0.4 mi. SW --
Casa Tzutuhil Art Gallery 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 --
El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course 5.1 mi. NE --

Cities and Towns

El Faro is close to Playa del Carmen, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Guests visiting El Faro who are seeking further attractions should think about heading to Playa del Carmen, since it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the shore, Playa del Carmen is a fairly short distance away, roughly three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is in a relatively popular vacation area, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For guests looking to find a place that's on or near the water, the table below lists the accommodations closest 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
The Beach House 0.1 mi. SW 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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. El Faro Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has International food. Many guests rave about their pizza. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.

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
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
El Agave (800) 227-2356 International, Mexican -- 0.1 mi. W
Mia Pizza -- Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW
100% Natural Playa del Carmen (984) 873-2242 Mexican, Vegetarian Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Cafe Tropical -- Café Informal 0.1 mi. W

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach in Mexico will have lots of options besides El Faro.

If the vibrant atmosphere of El Faro is one of the features you love, think about heading to Playa Secreto, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it 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 solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa del Carmen is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another location you may want to try is Maroma Beach, which is located just a cab ride away.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and El Faro is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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