Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres. i_amici, Creative Commons

Isla Mujeres beach is No. 7 in the world

TripAdvisor ranks Playa Norte as one of the world's top 25 beaches

“Calm turquoise waters, pure white powdery sand. Water so blue, it makes the sky look pale.” That’s one description of Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, named this week as one of the world’s top 25 beaches.


Playa Norte, or North Beach, was ranked No. 7 in TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice awards for 2017. It was the only beach in Mexico to make the list.

Located on Isla Mujeres, an island located 13 kilometers off the coast of Cancún, Playa Norte is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, according to Isla Mujeres website Isla-Mujeres.Net.

“The soft white sand, palm trees and water so blue the sky looks pale, make it the perfect place to relax and unwind from the rigors of life,” says information on the website. “There is almost no current and you can wade out very far with the water still only coming to your waist.”

The travel website México Desconocido, which says Playa Norte has also been named one of Mexico’s best beaches for two years in a row, says the beach is almost like a natural swimming pool with its calm and crystalline waters.

Beaches that made the top of TripAdvisor’s list were Bahía do Sancho in Brazil, in first place, followed by Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands, Eagle Beach in Aruga, Playa Paraíso in Cuba, Siesta Beach in the United States and Playa de la Concha in Spain.

TripAdvisor’s rankings are based on comments and votes by users of the digital travel platform.

Source: México Desconocido (sp)

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  • miabeach

    I looked at this island on google earth and noticed it is beautiful and very built up. It looks like a wealthy enclave for non-Mexicans except the corrupt Mexican politicians. I also noticed a small sewage treatment plant on the south side of the island. It’s one of the very few sewage treatment plants in Mexico AND Latin America. Latino politicians hate to squander good money on basic sanitation for their people. Latinos prefer to steal money instead of squandering it on public health infrastructure such as sewage treatment plants. Instead they dump their raw sewage into the nearest body of water then giggle when stupid gringos swim in it. Lima Peru has 17 million residents and they dump all their sewage into the Pacific Ocean with no regard. They don’t even warn the surfers who travel there from the US and Europe. It’s pretty disgusting. Build that wall and make it waterproof.

    • AM

      “It looks like a wealthy enclave….blah, blah, blah???” – Lol, ignorance know no bounds…should be the national motto north of the Mexican border, and it should stop at the Canadian one.

    • Jack’s Mom

      You make me ashamed to be an American. Please stay there.

      • miabeach

        Don’t worry, I’ve been to most Latin American countries and can well understand why Latinos are so eager to escape and flee to the Big Gringo America. Any country that can’t deliver clean, fresh drinking water to your home ain’t worth being in. Combine that with the knowledge that they simply dump their raw sewage into the nearest body of water without regard for anyone or anything and staying in my own country seems sensible. People like you who are attracted by CHEAP living deserve what you get. Low taxes, cheap serf labor all have severe consequences on society and it’s not good. People like you ensure generation after generation of Mexicans live a peasant life, a life with no future for themselves or their children. A life that means getting ahead is sneaking into another country to live in a land with a different language and culture. People like you force poverty struck Mexicans to choose living as a criminal in another country as a better thing than living in their homeland being abused by you and their corrupt Mexican leaders. You make me ashamed that you and people like you are American too.

        • Rob Seven

          umm…..there are now more mexicans going SOUTH across the border than north, and we have massive crops rotting in the fields in CA to show for it…..don’t see anybody lined up to “take their jobs back”……besides, Mexico is now the #1 retirement country in the world, and its not just economics……the fact that every home has hammock hooks pre-installed has something to do with it as well, in addition to the fact that most of the country does not indulge in the long list of neuroses that is the excrement of the dying rat race in the US….. “crap” is more than something that comes out the end of a pipe, you know?……grab a hammock, exit matrix…..

        • daveys

          Last I heard, Orange County CA still dumps sewage into the Pacific 10 miles out. Damn whiteys.