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The Best Beaches in Cancun

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The place where turquoise waters gently hit the coast and people live in harmony with nature. Cancun is the place you have been dreaming about letting go and allowing your spirit to roam. If you find yourself in this utopia, allow your mind and body to be free. Keep reading to find out why something as simple as the best beaches in Cancun and a stroll by the water will change your life forever. 

The White Sands of Cancun 

Cancun is an incredible destination known by travelers from across the world; it is an absolute natural paradise. Though Cancun is known for its exciting excursion, jungle, mangroves, mouthwatering cuisine, and nightlife like no other, it is maybe most famously known for boasting some of the top beaches in the world. 

Whether you are staying at one of Cancun’s many all-inclusive resorts or simply passing by, you absolutely cannot miss out on these white sand wonders. Spend a day bathing in the Caribbean sea, sip on your favorite drink, and explore the refreshing Caribbean Sea! Here is your ultimate guide to some of the best beaches in Cancun: 

Playa Delfines 

Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach) is a whopping 30km long and holds some of the whitest sand and crystal blue waters in Cancun. If you love a calm area to enjoy the tropical climate, this is the ideal area no matter the time of year it is. 

This particular beach is one of the family favorites in the area as it is always supervised by highly trained lifeguards and boasts restaurants and beach clubs close by if you get hungry or thirsty. If you go between May and September, you can also enjoy the sight of little turtles being born. The area is always protected to allow these beautiful creatures to arrive safely to the sea! 

Playa Maroma

Like all beaches in Cancun, Playa Maroma is characterized by its beautiful coast, clear waters, and coral reefs. One thing that stands out about Punta Maroma is that many tourists are not known all too well, making it the perfect spot to see colorful fish swimming at your feet while you wade in the water. 

If you are recently married or on a getaway with your special someone, we strongly recommend coming here. Playa Maroma is one of the most romantic destinations to enjoy in Cancun! 

 Puerto Morelos Beach

Puerto Morelos is not located directly in Cancun, but it is just a short 20-minute drive away! Puerto Morelos is known for its fishing village vibe, where you can truly connect with the culture in the Riviera Maya. 

Close to the beach, you can indulge in some of the best food in the area, and if you are in the mood to explore, there is a reef just off the coast! You can’t witness the reef all alone because it is protected, but you can hire a private guide that will show you all of its natural beauty. 

The Beaches of Isla Mujeres

Are you looking for fun and adventure? Well, then you need to go to Isla Mujeres! This wondrous location is an island off the coast of Cancun, and trust us, the trip is worth it. Perfect for groups looking to spice up their vacation, you can book a catamaran that will do so much more than just take you to the island. 

Escape for the day and take on the Caribbean sea. When you take a catamaran to Isla Mujeres, you will be able to snorkel, meet new friends, enjoy entertainment, and have access to an open bar. Once you arrive at Isla Mujeres, get a massage right on the beach at Playa Norte, or explore the local markets where you can buy specialized tequila, handmade clothes, and souvenirs. Make sure to visit our Seek and Go desk at Sandos Cancun to book your trip to Isla Mujeres. 

Playacar Beach 

Situated just 45 minutes from Cancun is the incredible “endless” white Sand Playacar beach in Playa del Carmen. Here is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun while walking through its incredible white sands. If you are looking for accommodation while enjoying this amazing place, do not forget about Sandos Playacar, directly located on Playacar Beach. 

Tulum Beach

Tulum is a place of natural beauty, beaches, and culture. Before a day on the beautiful beach in Tulum, we strongly recommend exploring the Mayan ruins that represent the civilization that ruled the land. When on the beach, there are many beach clubs that you can enjoy with relaxing music and delicious cocktails. 

Playa Chac Mool 

Close to the Cancun Hotel Zone is Playa Chac Mool! If you like to swim, this may not be the right place for you, but if you are an adventurous person looking to explore the waters while kitesurfing, these intense waves are perfect for you! 

Akumal Beach

When on the beaches of the Riviera Maya, do you want to see turtles? If yes, then Akumal Beach is the place to be. Here a guide will take you snorkeling just off the shore to see gorgeous Sea Turtles swimming just beneath you. Add wonder to your beach vacation with Akumal Beach. 

Things To Do On The Beaches In Cancun 

When you, your friends, and your family spend the day on the beach in Cancun, there are so many things that you can do: 


All you need is your favorite book, sunglasses, your bathing suit, and a beach towel. Oh, and don’t forget the most crucial thing… sunscreen. On most of the beaches in Cancun, there are umbrellas for rent, but if not, there is always one of the area’s famous Palm Trees waiting to give you some shade. 

Water Sports

Would it really be a day at the beach without some fun on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea? Directly from the beach or with Seek and Go at Sandos Cancun, you can book or rent your next experience. Here are a few of the most popular water sports in the area: 

  • Jet Skis 
  • Parasailing 
  • Kite Surfing 
  • Scuba Diving 
  • Snorkeling 

Eat, Drink, and Have Fun 

If you are looking to make your day at the beach exciting, you cannot miss out on the many beach clubs in the area. DJs, travelers alike, the most delicious food in the Riviera Maya, and the best bartenders in the world are what is in store for you—wondering where to look for them? Just grab your bathing suit, walk down the beach, and choose the one that suits your vibe the best. 

Fun Facts About the Beaches in Cancun

Fact#1: The beaches are open to everyone! Public beaches are Mexico’s specialty. The government believes that these beautiful white sands are for everyone, and we totally agree. Though the beaches around the hotels and resorts are a bit more private, the beaches mentioned above can be enjoyed by anyone who visits. 

Fact#2: The sand is always cool. (We are not talking about their popularity) Though the Caribbean sun is warm and excellent for tanning, the sand is never warm when you take a step.  

Fact#3: The sand is made of crushed coral. This is how the beaches in Cancun get their beautiful white look. 

Sandos Cancun 

Situated in the Cancun Hotel Zone between the Nichupte Lagoon and the best beach in Cancun is Sandos Cancun. If you are looking for a beach getaway unlike any other, Sandos Cancun offers everything you need and more. 

Boasting 3 infinity pools overlooking the beach, delicious international cuisine options, and the WellFit experience enhanced to focus on guests’ wellbeing through activities, spa treatments, and gym sessions, Sandos Cancun is your go-to accommodation during your getaway to the best beaches in Cancun.

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