Cancun: Beach

The Caribbean Jewel of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula

Cancun Beach

The Cancun beaches are gorgeous and the water is crystal clear and warm. The sand in Cancun is ground up coral and doesn’t seem to get too hot. Shopping can also be done at the beach as many of the tourists sell different items along the beach. Cancun is renowned for its’ beaches, the sea is generally warm and calm. Many beaches offer activities such as volleyball, parasailing and snorkeling. If it is a more relaxed beach holiday you are looking for you can relax and soak up the sun in a hammock. You will hear many different languages on the beaches of Cancun, and people watching is the unofficial pastime of visitors on Cancun beaches.

The eastern side beaches are located in the hotel zone and you will find beaches on sides, the lagoon side and the sea side. Every hotel along this zone has a beach front view. Although these beaches are all open to the public and are excellent spots for beach sports and activities, these beaches are open to the Caribbean Sea which means the waters can be unpredictable. Cancun hotel beaches and the marinas use colored warning flags so you will always know what the condition of the sea is like. Before you venture off into the water; pay attention to these warning flags and all local signs regarding the tides and the undertow currents.

We recommend the northern beaches in Cancun (are Playa Las Perlas, Playa Linda, Playa Langosta, Playa Tortugas, and Playa Caracol ) are located north of the hotel zone and face the Isla Mujeres (or the Island of Women). The Isla Mujeres is a small, beautiful island located just 8 miles across the Behia de Mujeres (or the Bay of Women) from Cancun. The island protects the beaches on this coast beach making them a wonderful place for the children to play or to practice water sports like jet skiing. The northern beaches include Playa Las Perlas, Playa Linda, Playa Langosta, Playa Tortugas, and Playa Caracol. All of these beaches are very clean and are open to the public. In particular, we suggest the beaches facing the Bahía de Mujeres (on the northern part of the Zona Hotelera) for swimming. If you want to visit the Isla Mujeras itself, from the Cancun International Airport you can take a van to Puerto Juarez or even Gran Puerto Cancun which is north of downtown Cancun about 15 minutes. The cost will be only 35 pesos. Do keep in mind June to October are the hottest and wettest months across most of Mexico.