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 stretch of sand and one of the best beaches in Cancun, mainly because it is is not been over-developed with the usual hotels and high-rises.
The beach is also known as El Mirador (The Lookout), due to the wooden lookout providing wonderful views of Cancun and the sea. Look out for the colorful letters nearby spelling out the world “CANCUN”. It’s the perfect selfie spot with the beach backdrop.
Situated just north of the ancient El Rey Archaeological Zone, Playa Delfines is easy to reach by car, local bus or taxi and on-site parking is free. Don’t worry about hauling beach chairs with you - you can rent most things at the beach for a low price, although surf boards have to be rented in downtown Cancun.
Make use of the free palm-roofed palapas dotted along the beach providing shade. In addition, the toilets are clean and there’s a playground for children. Local vendors sell food and refreshments nearby.
The crystal clear waters are inviting for cooling off, swimming under the watchful eye of lifeguards, and surfing in the moderate waves. There are no restaurants at the beach but local vendors provide a choice of local Mexican street food such as fried kibis or fish stuffed banana leaves.
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