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.

Situated near the middle of downtown Playa del Carmen, El Faro is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. El Faro is the kind of destination where nearby hotel guests go to be among the crowds, and there's more than enough to keep them occupied - it's about as far as you can get from secluded.

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, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Bear in mind that El Faro's immediate surroundings are rather congested, so show up early.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as El Faro is on the East coast of Mexico. El Faro Lighthouse is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you're intrigued by Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the nearest historical attractions is Xcaret Maya Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile to the south west.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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 guests seeking other opportunities for exploration should think about heading to Playa del Carmen, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the coast, Playa del Carmen is just up the road, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is located in a fairly touristed area, it typically isn't very difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you're looking to get a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest options 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at El Faro; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is El Faro Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. Many guests rave about their pizza. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are provided 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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Mexico besides El Faro.

If the active mood at El Faro has you wanting more of the same, consider checking out Playa Secreto, another location where you'll find fun and action. 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 you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Playa del Carmen may be a good choice. It is located just a little ways away.

Another location you may want to try is Maroma Beach, located within the range of a taxi.

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


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