We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Garrafon de Castilla

Address: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Phone Number: 9988770107
Improve this listing
80%
Ranked #28 of 50 Activities in Isla Mujeres
Attraction details
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotels near Garrafon de Castilla

Write a Review

466 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    198
    176
    72
    12
    8
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Maybe we went on a bad day, but the water was rough and also very rocky. We only stayed about ten minutes and decided that the beach at our hotel was much better.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kenova, WV
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I've spent hundreds of dollars to snorkel off a catamaran near Isla and at Xel-ha, but this was by far the best. It had the clearest calm water, and tons of fish. And it was super cheap! Only about $5 per person, which was great for our family of 6. They have snorkeling equipment there for you to rent as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison WI
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I chose Garrafon de Castilla as the less-pricey, less-theme-park-like alternative to the Parque Garrafon. Next door to each other, they are said to share the same stretch of inner reef for good snorkeling. I don't know what the Parque offers, but snorkeling here was worse than bad. The marine ecosystem is desperately degraded. The sea floor is littered with car... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oak Forest
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The best part of Garrafon was the zip lining! The snorkeling was terrible! No big fish to see & no beautiful colored fish!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Calgary, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Quaint, in need of renovations, but a beautiful snorkeling experience. Worth every peso and more. They have a small natural reef and two very large man made reefs that have tonnes of sea life. The fish come right up to you as you are snorkeling. The waters are very calm and good for all levels of swimmers. HIGHLY recommend.. WAY... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thompson, Canada
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

It is only $60 pesos to get in which includes chairs & umbrellas. It's not a fancy place but it's about the snorkelling. You can rent lockers. Buy the fish food. It causes a feeding frenzy!!! So cool to see so many fish at once. The fish are used to being fed so they will come check you out as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We rented a golf cart and explored the island for the day. After researching areas to snorkel without paying an arm and a leg, we came across Garrafon de Castilla. It is directly beside the very expensive Garrafon park which I beleive costs 60 dollars US to get in. Castilla is $6 U.S. , has snorkelling equipment for rent, food,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

You pay to get in, and pay if you need to rent any snorkel equipment or locker for your stuff. They have chairs for you by the beach. The snorkeling is ok - decent fish viewing. Not nearly as cool as the snorkel tour we went on. We hung out a little after snorkeling. Your could potential sun bathe here... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
bristol florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

On recommendation from locals we came to snorkel and loved the reef, shared with Garrafon park, but at way less the cost (60 pesos)...place had an old charm, rentals were great and the piña colada huge...really appreciated the shade areas to sit and take in the views of cancun

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

After talking to a few fellow travelers, we rented golf carts (a MUST on the island) and drove around until we found this little gem. The staff is fun and accommodating. We had great drinks from the bartender! Spent the day on the beach and snorkeling, without competing for a spot with all of the other tourists! And it was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Garrafon de Castilla also viewed

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
 
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
 

Been to Garrafon de Castilla? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Garrafon de Castilla and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Garrafon de Castilla staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?