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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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Manchester, England
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you want to snorkel or swim and don't need any bells and whistles you won't do better than Garrafon De Castilla on Isla Mujeres. There is a small charge to get in but the sunloungers are free and you are provided with basic toilet and changing facilities. There is a small cafe on site serving basic traditional Mexican food... More

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Homestead, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If you want to snorkel, but don't care about all the fine extras, than this is the place for you. Cost is $50 pesos (less than $5) per person. It is a run down little hole in the wall, but very authentic and we loved it. The staff working here are not the friendliest, but who cares. We paid our... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We arrived at 9 when it opened and were the first people here. There were a couple of turtles hatching and a mom/son team were digging to see if more were going to come out. I think they picked a couple out of a hole and were bringing them to the turtle farm (since most turtles are hatched overnight). There... More

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Austell, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

It was cheap. 50 pesos per person. Its a small section of beach, but there was a nice bar, and good snorkeling. If large iguanas freak you out, then this is not the place for you. There are plenty there roaming around. I went there twice.

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a good alternative to the expensive Garrafon Park next door, but not a whole lot to see and the staff was not the friendliest that we ran across. Watch out for the beach chairs, they wobble!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The location is stunning - beautiful views in every direction! We visited in between a couple of storms, so the water was a little cloudy, and we didn't see tons of colorful fish. We did see a huge stingray, a star fish, lots of conch shells and a couple of other fish - some were pretty large. Overall it was... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved this place from A to Z. The view is beautiful, service impeccable, snorkeling spectacular and the drinks refeshing and affordable. This is a great place to spend the day with friends or with family because the crowd is very mixed. bring a lot of sun protection because there is very little shadow. The must of this place is... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A bit neglected, but a great place to snorkel. Small beach with hard loungers. The snorkeling is easy and safe with lots of fish to see. I brought my own towel and snorkel;, but these are available to rent. I had a tasty lunch of shrimp tacos in the cafe, while iguanas roamed under the table! Closes at 5pm and... More

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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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