Cancun beaches - the most important information
Cancun is one of the most visited cities in the world, not just Mexico and it is special and most well known for its beautiful beaches. These attractions collect millions of tourists every single year. These beaches are special for their fine white sand, its fascinating turquoise blue sea, and unparalleled weather, as well as excellent air and land connectivity. Here you can enjoy a different set of things such as outdoor activities, adventure tourism, archeological sites, Mayan culture and history, a variety of gastronomic experiences, spectacular shopping centers, and seductive entertainment offers.
Which beach should I visit?
Cancun offers numerous majestic beaches and all of them are special and one of a kind, and you wouldn’t go wrong with any of them. Here are some suggestions:
- Playa Norte: Playa Norte or as it is otherwise known as North Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. It is on the north end of the island of Isla Mujeres which is just off the coast of Cancun. The island is easily accessible and once you arrive on Isla Mujeres you have two options to get to Playa Norte. You can walk from the ferry. It takes about 11 minutes to walk to the center part of Playa Norte, or on the other hand, you can take a taxi. The beach is about 690 meters long of white sand brushing up against turquoise waters. For beach lovers, this is just paradise! Yachts and boats dock here for the day to let people jump off and enjoy the water.
- Playa Delfines: This beach is also nicknamed El Mirador (The Lookout). Part of the reason why Playa Delfines is particularly special is that it is a completely unspoiled area that doesn’t have any hotels, restaurants, or other structures built on the beach. If you are driving to Playa Delfines, you will certainly enjoy the fact that the on-site parking is free (unlike many other beaches in the area); you may also get there easily by local bus or by taxi. Also if you happen to be traveling with children, you will be thankful that there is a playground at the beach to keep them entertained
- Playa Maroma: Maroma Beach is one of these beaches where public access can only be obtained through a local hotel reservation or through a restaurant reservation. Some of the resorts are the Catalonia Playa Maroma, Secrets Maroma Beach Rivera Cancun, or Maroma Resort and Spa (you must be a guest of these resorts) or through the Riviera Maya Beach Club (Maroma Adventures).
- Playa Paraiso: Just south of the Tulum ruins, the wide Playa Paraíso makes a relaxing end to a day exploring the area. With the recent arrival of the Playa Paraíso Beach Club, this stretch of sand has grown extremely popular with Playa del Carmen and Cancún daytrippers, as well as Tulum vacationers. If you want to get directly to Playa Paraiso from other cities like Playa del Carmen or Cancun, you have to take the Tulum-Cancun highway. You can also get there by bike or walking if you are in the Tulum ruins or downtown. In fact, there is a road that connects this beach with the archaeological site. Reviewers were divided on the necessity of paying for access to the beach club. Some said the price (about 200 to 300 pesos, or about $10 to $15 for two beach chairs) isn't worth it, while others found the cost reasonable for the convenience. To save a little money, you can pack your own towels, chairs, and snacks.
- Playa Tortugas: Widely considered a beach spot for locals, Playa Tortugas is known for its relaxed atmosphere and clean sands. The area also boasts several open-air restaurants that make for great evening dining, according to past visitors. The beach also features a pier, where brave visitors can bungee jump. Visitors appreciated that the public beach is free to enjoy and the water is calm and relaxing (a particular highlight for those traveling with children). Playa Tortugas is located in the northern part of Cancún's "7," along the Hotel Zone, and is accessible by bus or rental car.
Cancun beaches Trivia:
- The Cancun beaches are only 14 miles long.
- There is an underwater museum in the ocean which you can also visit.
- White sand beaches are made of crushed coral.
- You can watch baby turtles go into the sea from your resort beach.
- There were only 3 residents when Cancun was first developing.
- Cancun is shaped like a number 7.
- The best time to visit Cancun is between November and April.
- Cancun’s original name was Ekab which means “black Earth”