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Garrafon de Castilla

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Isla Mujeres
Type: Beaches
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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Nice beach, good snorkeling, comfortable, towels and lockers available. very inexpensive. Nothing not to like!

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

For $4 you can get a beach chair and access some of the most interesting snorkeling on the island. Rent a locker, snorkel and a towel for about 100 pesos and spend the whole day enjoying the crystal clear waters and colorful fish. Best value on the island for a peaceful day on the beach. Drinks and food are reasonable... More

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Mustang, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

After touring Punta Sur (and nearly melting from the July heat and humidity, we went to here. From Punta Sur, go North to the stop sign, then turn left. Follow the turn back to the North, and keep your eyes open. First, you will see Garrafon Park (the expensive one). Keep going. Look for the orange colored hotel on your... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

You don't have to pay all that money Garrafon Park charges when you can simply snorkel next door to it from a local park that has beach chairs, snack shop, lockers and fresh water to rinse off. They also rent snorkeling gear.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Pay the extra money and get the VIP tickets. Food is much better, you get access to air-conditioned dining room. Bar tender was more interested in talking to locals vs helping with our drink order.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Only costs 50 pesos unlike the Garrafon marine park down the road which charges a minimum of 650 pesos per person. Decent snorkeling and cold beer! One of the best values for day trip on Island. I went there twice!

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Connecticut
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19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We chose this over the Garrafon park and wish we skipped it. Best for people who never snorkeled before or families with little kids or those who are not good swimmers. You snorkel inside a roped off area and 99% of coral is dead, a lot of sea grass, tires, wood poles, some fish but mostly one variety. The cost... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Four dollars each for entrance chairs and umbrella. Great and easy snorkeling. Way cheaper than the commercial place next door.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

tiny beach, but water was clean and clear and there is a reef and dozens of colorful fish that would swim right up to you. You could lure them with bread crumbs. Nice to have showers, changing rooms, toilets, snorkeling gear, and food and drink included for a very nominal cost.. It got a bit crowded for my taste, but... More

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Plano, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

There isn't much shore snorkeling on Isla - so for an inexpensive alternative to the Garrafon Park or a boat trip - this is it. $50 pesos / $3.85us to get in - good lunch - lockers- showers - nice place to spend several hours on a cart tour.

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