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Cancun Beaches

Cancun Beaches

The beaches of Cancun are some of the most beautiful in the world. Cancun beaches are formed by sand of calcareous origin, accounting for its white color, its fine texture and temperature, always cool regardless of the sun's strong rays. In Cancun, two beach zones can be distinguished: the first is located in the north of the hotel zone, facing Isla Mujeres and is protected by its location within the bay. Due to its calm waves, it is ideal for children and to practice aquatic activities like jet skiing, water skiing or sailing.

Cancun Beaches

The other beach zone is located on the eastern side of the hotel zone, facing the open sea. It is a group of spectacular beaches, with waves whose intensity varies according to the season. For your safety, Cancun hotel beaches and the marinas use colored warning flags. Before swimming, we suggest consider them. While the beaches and beach life in Cancun are some of the most spectacular beach settings in the word, you must be careful and obey local signs and regulations regarding tides and undertow currents.

For the most part however the beaches in Cancun are safe and you have nothing to worry about. So grab a tropical drink and some san tan lotion and hit one of the many Cancun tropical beach paradises. We suggest taking advantage of the white sand beaches as soon as you arrive in Cancun Mexico. Enjoy!

North Side Cancun Beaches - Hotel Zone to Punta Cancun

These are excellent beaches for water sports and swimmers. The waters are calm, the beaches are clean and there are nice hotels here too. The docks from which the Cruises, shuttles, and water taxis, etc. depart for Isla Mujeres are located on the north beach side.

Playa Las Perlas
Location: 2.5 km at the beginning of the Hotel Zone
Good place for swimming, relaxing and varied water sports. You can also get the shuttle to Isla Mujeres here. There are restaurants and bars located along the coast here as well.

Playa Linda
Location: 4 km in the Hotel Zone
Dive tours, the Submarine and shuttle to Isla Mujeres is located here.

Playa Langosta
Location: km 5 in the Hotel Zone
Swimming, water sports, restaurants and bars are located along this clean beach. There is also a dock with shuttles to Isla Mujeres and dive/snorkel tours.

Playa Tortugas
Location: km 6 in the Hotel Zone
Swimming, water sports, restaurants and bars are located along this clean beach. There is also a dock with shuttles to Isla Mujeres and dive/snorkel tours.

Playa Caracol
Location: km 6 in the Hotel Zone near Punta Cancun
This is a great beach for children because of the shallow flat sandy seabed. It is also one of the most crowded beaches along the strip. There are restaurants, bars and numerous activities here.

East Side Cancun Beaches

The Cancun coast includes both an "ocean side" and a "lagoon side". By far the majority of the hotels front onto the ocean. There isn't any beach to speak of on the lagoon side. Swimming and tanning takes place on the ocean side, and jet-skis, kayaks, and other rentals are featured on the lagoon side.

General beach conditions here are the same as northern beaches. The sand is powder and kept clean of ocean debri. Unlike the northern tip which is somewhat sheltered by Isla Mujeres this strip of coast-line is protected by nothing. This means that the winds and currents come roaring up and produce very wavy conditions some of the time.

This doesn't paint a very pretty picture of the eastern beaches however they are really no different than many Florida beaches and if you like playing in waves then these are the beaches for you.

Gaviota Azul
Good for relaxing, swimming and water sports.
Location: 9 km in the Hotel Zone near Punta Cancun.

Chac Mool
Location: 10 km in the Hotel Zone near Punta Cancun

Playa MarlĂ­n
Good for relaxing, swimming and water sports.
Location: 13 km in the Hotel Zone in between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

Playa Ballenas
A very popular beach in Cancun. Good for relaxing, swimming and water sports. There are bars and restaurants.
Location: 14 km in the Hotel Zone in between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

San Miguelito
Good for relaxing and swimming. There are some Mayan ruins located here.
Location: 16.5 km in the Hotel Zone

Playa Delfines
Good for relaxing, swimming.
Location: 18 km in the Hotel Zone near Punta Nizuc

Punta Nizuc
Good for relaxing and swimming. Many of the more exclusive hotels/resorts are located here.
Location: 21 km in the Hotel Zone

If you are looking for a secluded private beach try the beach at the Camino Real Hotel which is located at the southern tip of the peninsula. The beach is accesible only by walking through the property of the Camino Real Hotel (the beach is federal property). There are no vendors, strollers, no music or volleyball. The small beach is manicured daily.

Cancun Beaches Safety

Most Cancun beaches have lifeguards. Around the main beaches in Playa del Carmen and Akumal there are also lifeguards on duty and warning flags posted. Resorts have lifeguards who double as dive instructor's etc.

Beaches in Cancun and around Playa del Carmen are also patrolled by the Mexican Navy who walk up and down the beaches in their uniforms with submachine guns. How these guys handle the heat we will never know. We assume as soon as they get out of visual range they jump in the water to cool off!

The local police also patrol the beaches driving up and down on 4-wheelers.

The Northern beaches in Cancun are the most swim friendly. The ocean waves and winds are buffered by the small island of Isla Mujeres which lies off the coast.

Cancun Beaches Culture

There is of course a "beach culture". It is made up of a cross section of tourists on that one vacation a year trip, party animals who can't get enough, locals, and a small group of beach- bums who fly in from all points of the globe. Many earn their living by performing some unusual but entertaining feat. Many are bilingual and find jobs as well. They are a colorful crowd and can be found from Playa del Carmen to San Cristobal in Chiapas.

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