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“OK snorkeling, but a bargain” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Garrafon de Castilla

Garrafon de Castilla
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #18 of 46 things to do in Isla Mujeres
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“OK snorkeling, but a bargain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The snorkeling at GC is average at best. Most of what you will see are the seargent major fish and a few parrot fish. It is nice that you are not required to wear a life jacket or buoyancy device like at the neighboring garrafon park, so you are free to dive down underwater. The shore is a bit rocky and can hurt your feet when entering the water- I recommend entering and exiting the water from the pier, which has carpet that provides decent traction. That being said, the price cannot be beat. This is a great place to take kids or anyone else that has never snorkeled before. The drinks are priced right and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. the bathrooms are a bit 'rustic' but overall are kept clean. I would recommend GC to anyone staying on isla.

Visited May 2013
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Broomfield, Colorado
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“Nice place, nothing to see underwater”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Three stars for the facilities, which though basic are well-maintained, clean and overall pleasant to be in, with nice views and plenty of choices for shady or sunny spots to hang out. One star for the snorkeling. The water was warm and clear, but there was nothing to see -- literally. A few fish here and there, mostly in the main area where people feed them. We saw one pretty little blue fish, but other than that nothing colorful. No coral. I can see where this would be a nice place to bring kids to play in the water and feed the fish, but that’s about it. We didn’t eat anything so can’t speak to that – we had lunch at The Joint, just across the street, which was great.

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Kennewick, Washington
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“Not what it used to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A good alternative to Garrafon park as you can snorkel here for just 50 pesos. You will need to swim out a ways to see different fish as the ones closest to shore are the same. Worth a stop if your carting around the island.

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Galveston, Texas
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“Average if looking to save $”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We went to Garrafon Park the first day then to Garrafon de Castilla the next. I would rather pay the extra money and enjoy all inclusive Garrafon Park with ziplining, kayaking, snorkeling, bike riding, food and drinks for $49 vs Garrafon de Castilla for $5. If you are looking for a basic beach to snorkel and pay for your own food/drink then you will like this place. If you want a little more and don't mind spending the money then Garrafon Park is the way to go.

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“Snorkeling great--BEWARE OF SEA LICE in spring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Just a warning--I LOVE MEXICO however next time I will buy Sea Safe off of Amazon and USE IT--My sister and I have sea lice and it itches like CRAZY---This park is GREAT for snorkeling and very reasonable. The sea lice are very prominent in the Spring months--this is my 5th time to Isla and the first time I have ever gotten sea lice.

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