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.