Top 5 beaches in Cancun: 2020 updated guide

top beaches in Cancun

The Riviera Maya is a spectacular destination by itself; but beyond luxurious hotels and vibrant nightlife, the true charm of Cancun lies in its natural treasures, especially its beaches. Whether you want to live an exciting adventure, a relaxing break or just get the best tan, it is in these heavenly spots of fine white sand and turquoise waters where you will find the best excuse to travel. Here you will find the 5 best beaches in Cancun for you to live an exceptional trip.


  1. Delfines Beach

delfines beach cancun

Considered one of the main beaches of Cancun, in Playa Delfines the entrance is free and here you can find the whitest sands and turquoise waters of the entire hotel zone. This beach is the best to visit as a family, since there is a children’s play area where kids can have fun like never before. However, take your precautions, because the waves are medium to high; so you will surely see some athletes doing surf. Furthermore, here you will find the iconic ‘Cancun Spot’, a small renovated space on Kukulcán Boulevard where giant colored letters spell Cancun; perfect for taking a picture with the lovely beach in the background and starting to tell your adventure on social networks.


  1. Chaac Mol Beach

Chaac Mol Beach Cancun

One of the top beaches is Cancun is also one of the largest, and along its extensive fine sand you can rent a sun lounger or take a break from the sun under a palapa. It is popular for being the best way to go from Punta Cancun to Punta Nizuc and also for being the meeting point for young people eager to find great music and atmosphere, especially during the springbreak season. But don’t let its party reputation fool you; one of the outstanding features of Chaac Mol is its “playateca”, a place where you can read while you cool off with the sea breeze, or also donate books to share this unique experience with others. Here you will also find dressing rooms, showers and a variety of restaurants to enjoy.


  1. Tortugas Beach

Tortugas Beach Cancun

One of the busiest beaches in Cancun is definitely Playa Tortugas. Here you can do everything, because water activities, along with the festive atmosphere, never end. If you truly love adrenaline, then jumping from the bungee will be the ideal activity for you; the privileged view of the hotel zone in addition to touching the water when jumping is an experience you must live. For something quieter, plunging into the ocean will be the best choice. Whether you want to swim on your own or rent a snorkeling gear with guided tours, the transparent waters on this beach will give you a chance to see schools of fish and huge turtles under the sea. If you wish to just lay back and rest, we recommend you rent a lounge chair and palapas.

  1. Caracol Beach

Caracol Beach Cancun

Possibly one of the smallest beaches in Cancun, but not any less amazing. Here you can rest in its fine white sand while watching the immense blue sea that has a less intense swell than other beaches in the area. Its views, worthy of a professional postcard, are the main reason for its popularity, as a pier of approximately 12 meters in length stands above the turquoise color of the water. Because of its size, weekends can fill up quickly, so we recommend arriving early and choosing your favorite spot. If you get hungry, you will find several places with different options for eating.


  1. Gaviota Azul Beach

Gaviota Azul Beach Cancun

With a strong swell but an intense blue color, Gaviota Azul is one of the most popular beaches in all of Cancun. Its proximity to the club area, along with the transparency of its waters, attracts hundreds of tourists all year round. Although the entrance here is free, if you pay a small fee upon entering you can enjoy bathrooms and dressing rooms with showers. In addition to this, you can rent lounge chairs and tables as well as jet skis to go around the small bay. At the end of your visit, take a tour of the MUSA – Underwater Museum of Art Cancun – a project where art and nature come together to make way for one of the largest reserves of artificial reefs that protect marine life.


Book your cheap flights and enjoy the 5 best beaches in Cancun!