Best Beaches in Cancun

By Viator, September 2013

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Long, flat, and powdery white, Cancun has made a name for itself by housing some of the best beaches in Mexico, if not the world. It’s no mistake that most of these beaches can be found along the Hotel Zone, and this little enclave of resorts and all-inclusives make up the best of the Cancun Peninsula.

Choosing what beach is right for you is a matter of opinion to a large part, but knowing your territory can help to make a difference. Generally speaking, the Caribbean side of the Hotel Zone has the prettiest water and whitest sand, but there is a greater chance of wave action and your chosen beach being crowded. The bay side of Cancun’s beaches tend to have calmer water and be less populated, though the water tends to be less crystal clear.

Between Kilometer 6 and 7 you’ll find Riu Caribe and the beach here is long and flat, with correspondingly flat waves. Iberostar’s beach is repeatedly voted as one of the best, with long white sand (great for walking or shelling) postcard beauty, and some wave action. Palapas beach at the JW Marriot is miles long, clear, clean, and calm, with thatched umbrellas and a big open sky – another popular choice. Playa Linda Beach west of Nichupte Bridge is popular for people-watching and a great selection of watersports activities. Come dusk, look here for a lively party scene.

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All-Inclusive Self-Drive Hummer Tour: Ziplining, Cenote and Interactive Zoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Explore Cancun like never before - through the jungle and in a Hummer! Hop aboard a fully automatic Hummer and take the adventure of a lifetime, visiting an ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.99

Cancun Parasailing Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Did you ever want to go parasailing but were afraid to do it alone? Imagine the feeling of soaring high above the Cancun hotel zone and exploring all the sites ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.99

Isla Mujeres Trimaran Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Sail on a beautiful Trimaran through the Caribbean Sea and travel to the tropical island that sits on the imaginary line between the Gulf of Mexico and the ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Dolphin Encounter or Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and your choice of a Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Adventure Swim or catamaran ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $135.99

Turtle Snorkeling Adventure from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a day of snorkeling on this adventure from Cancun! Snorkel in a crystal-clear cenote, where you’ll see spectacular limestone rock formations. Then, head ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

8-Day Best of Mexico Tour: Mexico City to Cancun

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Why fly from Mexico City straight to Cancun when you can make your way there on this convenient eight-day tour, stopping at some of Mexico’s most ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,437.99

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