We visited Isla Mujeres via the ferry from Cancun on a one day trip. We rented a golf cart to drive from one point to the other. We ended up swimming for a couple of hours at this beach. The public/free entrance we found is by a restaurant called Buho's. The ferry guide told us to go to Avalon hotel to access the free beach but the Avalon staff wanted us to pay to park and access the beach. We drove back to the street next to Buho's and really liked this free beach much better!!! On this part of the beach Palm trees provide great shade but beware. Even though the palm trees are a short distance from the water it is enough distance for someone to take your belongings if you are not careful! The water is warm (warmer than any other beach I have gone to), no waves and very shallow for a long ways out. The shades of blue in the water, the white sand, the palm trees and the very accessible causal outside bar/restaurant called Buho's made it for a perfect day at the beach. Patrons to Buho's can use the bathroom facilities which is a great asset if you are visiting not staying on the island. There are boats anchored in an arch around this part of the beach and some boaterswere listening to loud music. Several reviewers mentioned that they did not like this, so if you prefer open view or not having to listen to other people's music you might try another beach. When we went the beach was extremely clean. There are vendors on Playa del Norte that try to sell you food and handmade items. We found them to be friendly, willing to negotiate to good prices and quickly moved on when we said no. This is a great beach for kids, although when we went we really didn't see any kids. If you like to float this is a good place. For us it was perfect especially with the combination of the free beautiful beach and bar/restaurant when any one in our group got hungry, thirsty they just walked up to the outside bar or outside restaurant. What fun!
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