Best Beaches of Cancun

By Viator, April 2014

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There’s little doubt that the powdery white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of Cancun are what most people come here for. Cancun’s tourist industry is big-business, and this is why you hear the occasional news story of the Cancun government throwing millions of dollars to ensure that these beaches stay – and stay clean and white – thus ensuring future beach enjoyment for years to come. So, where are the best beaches in Cancun?

With miles of unspoiled coastline, you’ll have your choice of beach from Cancun to Tulum and beyond, so picking the best beach is really up to you. Luxury spas and backpacking hostels line the coast, and you’re bound to find one that suits your tastes. Still, there are local favorites:

Tulum Ruins Beach – The ancient Maya knew a good thing when they saw it, and see it they did. You’ll find ancient Mayan ruins set amidst this fabulous, postcard-worthy beach.

Puerto Morelos – Located half-way between playa del Carmen and Cancun, Puerto Moroles boasts one of the finest unspoiled stretches of the Mayan Riviera. All publicly accessible, free, and easily accessed, this is where to go if you like sleepy fishing villages and the feel of getting away from it all.

Cancun Island – a dog-legged island with beautiful beaches to the East and North. Head East if you’re looking for good waves, head North if you’re looking for protected waters and great snorkeling.
Half Moon Bay, Akumal – Akumal is another sleepy fishing village turned hotel zone, but this bay boasts some of the best snorkeling in all of Cancun and the surrounding area, and the mom and pop restaurants make for good times.

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Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Venture to the mysterious ruins of Tulum on a full day trip from Riviera Maya and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city towering above the ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

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.)

From USD $74.99
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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

Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Visit the Mayan city of Tulum, one of the greatest archeological sites along the Riviera Maya! This former Mayan trade site, located on a cliff-side beach ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 1.5-5.5 hours

From USD $68.99

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

Catamaran Cruise from Riviera Maya to Tulum Ruins with Lunch and Snorkeling

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Spend a day on the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on this catamaran cruise from Riviera Maya! You’ll depart from Puerto Aventuras down the coast to the ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.99

Tulum and Xel-Ha from Cozumel

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit the mysterious ruins of Tulum and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city that towers above the deep turquoise of the Caribbean. Then ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

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

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