Best Beaches In & Around Cancún

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  • 1. Playa Norte

    Playa Norte
    © Eddy Galeotti

    Travel time from Cancún: approx 0.5 hrs

    Located on Isla Mujeres is the beach of Playa Norte, a tropical island getaway that seems worlds apart from the resort town of Cancun just 20 minute boat ride away. Here the crystal clear aquamarine waters meet the soft white sands and lush palm trees sway gently in the breeze. Playa Norte really does offer its tranquil, relaxing atmosphere that you won't find on most Mexican beaches.
    Despite being located… read more »

  • 2. Playa Delfines

    Playa Delfines

    Travel time from Cancún: approx 0.5 hrs

    Playa Delfines is a quiet sandy beach towards the south end of Cancun's Hotel Zone and about 10 miles from downtown Cancun. The word "Delfines" means "dolphins" and these playful creatures can often be seen leaping and swimming in pods just offshore.

    The beach is on the famous white sandy spit that separates the calm Nichupte Lagoon on one side from the blue Caribbean Sea on the other. It's a beautiful… read more »

  • 3. Akumal Beach

    Akumal Beach
    © Alexander Shalamov

    Travel time from Cancún: approx 2 hrs

    Akumal Beach is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the heart of the Riviera Maya on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. It is a long white sand beach that is lapped by the warm turquoise seas of the Caribbean. Behind the palm trees lies a charming little town that is well equipped to meet the needs of visitors.

    Often seen as one of Mexico's best beaches, Akumal is known for… read more »

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