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Playa Lancheros (Boatman's Beach)
Playa Lancheros (Boatman's Beach) Review
There are two beaches between Laguna Makax and El Garrafón National Park. Playa Lancheros (Boatman's Beach) is a popular spot with an open-air restaurant where locals gather to eat freshly grilled "tikin-xic" (whole fish marinated with adobo de achiote and sour oranges, then wrapped in a banana leaf). This beach has grittier sand than its neighbor Playa Norte, but more palm trees. The calm water makes it perfect for children, although it's best if they stay close to shore, since the bottom drops off steeply. The souvenir stands are fairly low-key, renting kayaks, canoes, and beach toys. Most bars and restaurants will give you access to beach chairs, umbrellas, and facilities provided you order a drink. There's also a small pen with tame tiburones gatos (nurse sharks). You can swim with them or just get your picture taken for $2. Amenities: food and drink; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling.
- Address: Bahia de Mujeres, on the western side of the island., near Hacienda Mundaca Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo 77400
- Location: Isla Mujeres
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