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Garrafon de Castilla

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Isla Mujeres
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Vail, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I stop by here every visit to Isla so I can see just how well this area is recovering from devastating hurricanes several years ago. Each time I come back I see more coral springing up, more urchins, and more colorful fish. If you go early you can see giant parrotfish and barracuda before they retreat in the height of... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Entrance is cheap and you can get a snorkel for $40 pesos. Lots of fish and If you get food for $10 pesos they follow you everywhere. Saw an octopus too, and right at the limit I think it was a barracuda, big one, amazing experience. I actually wanted to go back the next day but I had to leave.... More 

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129 reviews 129 reviews
8 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is just a tiny place that you may not even notice unless you were looking for it. Basically it's a little beach where you can pay about $5.00 to spend the day snorkeling. You can rent anything from towel to snorkel equipment. There are facilities and a restaurant that also serves on the beach. They feed to iquanas so... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

no need to go snorkeling the colorful fish come right up to you. comfortable chairs provided, even shady areas available

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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

little, quiet beach! great chairs and parasols! swimming, incredible!! you feel like you are swimming in an aquarium!! didn't eat but drinks are delicious!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Relax on the beach with lounges and an umbrella for 60 pesos. Order up a piña calada and your set. After sunning and snorkeling at Garrafon, head up to their little restaurant for outstanding fish tacos or ceviche and a cold Victoria. This place is not luxurious, but we all enjoyed it more than hanging out on Playa Norte the... More 

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New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

You may hesitate when entering this little hideaway, but you will not be disappointed by the fun in being swarmed by local fish and just relaxing on this private beach. Order the Pina coladas or just Pinadas....they are delicious.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were surprised to find, apparently due to government regulation, that all snorkeling tours and formal parks in the Cancun area (including Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos) require life jackets when snorkeling. This means you just have to float around on top of the water. This isn't really snorkeling by my definition; you should be able to dive down to... More 

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marblehead, MA
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a gem of a beach club. For a small amount of money (can't remember how much), you can get a chaise and umbrella and rent snorkel equipment or bring your own. The fish swim right up to you as soon as you walk in. There are some crushed shells to walk over, so bring water shoes if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Don't confuse this place with Garrafon Natural Reef Park where you pay an exorbitant entrance fee. This beach, which is right next door, cost only 50 pesos and includes a towel and beach chairs with umbrellas. There is a bathroom and a shower available for you. You have to pay 20 pesos for a small rickety locker and 40 pesos... More 

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