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10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico

If you’re visiting Cancun, the beaches in and about town are hands down going to be the highlight of your journey. Cancun is very popular for its stunning beaches and we´ve list the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico you should visit.

10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico

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Beach in Cancun

There are countless beaches in Cancun. If you’ll be staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Cancun you may have direct beach access. If your lodging in not direcly on the beach, you won´t have to go far to get to the beach. Of course depending on where you are staying and how far you want to explore, you might have to travel out of Cancun Hotel Zone to explore the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico. You will discover a beautiful mix of white sand beaches, vibrant beaches that are popular with tourists, as well as quiet beaches where you can spend some intimate time with family and friends.

Playa Delfines

This beach is also known as El Mirador or The Lookout and is located in the Hotel Zone Area, km 20.  Despite having no restaurants and hotels around the beach, this is a famous beach in the Hotel Zone where you should definatly spend a day. Unlike many other beaches on this shore, Playa Delfines doesn’t have restaurants, shacks, and resorts, and that means you get a massive expanse of the warm sand for walking and enjoying the view. The water at this beach can get quite choppy so be careful if you choose to go for a swim.  Be careful of the tide and do not move in if there are no lifeguards around.

You can try fun activities too like Jet Ski, parasail, or surf. Don’t forget to take a picture of the Cancun sign. 

There is also free parking in this shore in the event you opt to drive.  If not, the beach is very easily connected through the bus services.

Playa delfines Cancun

10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico

Playa Marlin

A hidden piece of paradise with beautiful beaches and waters is the Playa Marlin. You will see a marvelous sunset if you later in the afternoon on the beach. Sometimes the current is strong and the waves are high, so you need to be careful while swimming. If you want a more relaxing vacation, go early to this beach on a weekday and have a massage by the beach. Your getaway will for sure be memorable in one of the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico.

Playa Marlin Cancun

Playa Chac Mool

Playa Chac Mool is the perfect beach destination if you’re looking only for some downtime and wish to relax in the warm sand to read a book and sunbath.

Playa Chac Mool offers beach-side rentals for water sports equipment and activities. Calmer waters and smaller crowds are attractive to sports enthusiasts from all over the world.Venturing to the eastern coast of Mexico without really exploring these sparkling waters is a crime. Visit at sunrise when the beach is all but bare and watch the sun come up over the ocean, a memorable time in one of the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico.

Playa Tortuga

While most simply pass by Playa Tortugas, it’s worth sticking around to make the most of this beach’s excellent swimming, snorkeling, and paragliding conditions at least once during your vacation. Situated towards the north end of the Hotel Zone and right next to the Isla Mujeres ferry departure dock, it can certainly get crowded at peak times and weekends, so plan your visit accordingly. White sand, a near absence of waves, and nearby amenities—think: restaurants, numerous souvenir shops, and bathroom facilities—make the petite Playa Tortugas an especially family-friendly beach. It’s a great beach to feel the local vibe of this top rated 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico.

Puerto Morelos Beach

Thirty minutes south of Cancun lies the quiet fishing village of Puerto Morelos.  With large beaches, friendly locals and that cozy small town vibe, travelers never have to worry about being run down the beach by timeshare salesmen. One of the most famous part is the short distance to the Mesoamerican Coral Reef available for exploration from snorkelers and divers. The beach is close to downtown where you will find restaurants, beach club and all you need to spend an extraordinary day.

Puerto Morelos Beach

Playa Norte Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a small tropical island paradise located just off the coast of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The Playa Norte (North Beach) is a beautiful, quiet beach, it has white sand and the aqua-blue Caribbean. There are many beach clubs along Playa Norte where visitors can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas for the day and order all the ceviche, margaritas and cervezas that their hearts desire. The ocean at Playa Norte Isla Mujeres is quite calm due to the fact that the beach faces the coast of Cancun and is not exposed to the open ocean. The sand is a sparkling white color and the blue water will truly take your breath away, worth visiting this top 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico.

Playacar Beach Playa del Carmen

Playacar Beach is an exciting beach to visit with your friends in Playa del Carmen if you want a less crowded beach. It has a whole array of beach clubs and boutique hotels where you can stay as well as spend the day.

The beach is picturesque and attracts a colorful crowd. This quiet haven is very popular with kite boarders and is also home to two small Mayan ruins sites.

Akumal Beach

Akumal is a quiet beach town south of Cancun. In Maya, Akumal means “place of the turtles”. Visitors can snorkel off Akumal Beach just a few yards into Akumal Bay and witness sea turtles snacking on sea grass. The beautiful protected area makes this one of the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico. Many guides can offer you to see the turtles, but check out others’ offers as you might be charged high. Pair a lounging on a chair and some wine-sipping leads to a perfect vacation.

X’cacel Beach

X’cacel Beach is quite close to paradise on earth, located about 40 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Playa Xcacel is a long beach in a natural coastal inset with shallow stunningly turquoise water. It is open from Tuesday–Sunday from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM.  Note the beach is closed on Mondays. There is staff on-site that walks up and down the beach alerting visitors when it is time to leave. It’s best to get there early so you can enjoy a full day at the beach.

Playa Xcacel beach can also be a great place for snorkeling so be sure to bring your own snorkel gear if you want to snorkel off the beach.  There is also a cenote called Xcacelito located at the far end of the beach but it’s currently closed to visitors.

Xcacel beach Cancun

Xpu-ha Beach

The Xpu-ha Beach is a popular beach near Puerto Aventuras where locals and tourists like spending to day. They charge a small fee to access the beach. The money will be returned to you if you spend some money at the La Playa Xpu-Ha Restaurant and Beach Club. This is a white sand beach and it is also cushioned by a cove, so the water is a lot calmer and is great for families traveling with children. You can even ask permission to camp on the beach.

You can also rent umbrellas and chairs from the beach club and restaurants and go snorkeling from the shore. 

We hope that this information helps you to have a better idea the 10 best beaches in Cancun Mexico!

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