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Caribbean shores: The best beaches in Cancun

Fourteen miles of beautiful pale beaches stretch around Cancun, helping to make it one of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico. Warm weather all year round and its range of hotel and accommodation options make it ideal for a break. The unbroken stretch of coastline forms an 'L' shape, with beaches to both the north and east sides of varying kinds.

Some are suited to families, while others are best for those looking for relaxing tranquillity. Others still, act as gateways into the ancient Mayan heritage. There are so many beaches to choose from! Here is our guide to finding the best ones for you.


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Northern Gems

On the northern half of the fourteen mile stretch, the beaches meet the waters held in Mujeres Bay. This keeps them calm and warm, protected from the strongest currents and perfect for family entertainment. Sand in both the north and east beaches is formed from tiny pieces of ground coral, meaning it does not get as hot underfoot as the typical beach. Crystal clear blue waters, white sand and glorious sunshine make for some of the best beaches in the world.

Playa Caracol and the Punta Cancun offer flat-bottom shallow areas, ideal for those with children. The low water levels and relatively even seabed allow for paddling and splashing around with the little ones, with minimal risk. There are plenty of restaurants and bar facilities here for the parents too. Playa Las Perlas, Playa Tortugas and Playa Langosta are all fantastic beaches with plenty to do: sand volleyball areas, water sports and bigger waves plus plenty of entertainment options make them very popular with those on Cancun holidays. They each also have shuttle services, connecting tourists to the Isla Mujeres across the bay. Playa Linda, a little further along, is the main shuttle service base for tours to the Isla Mujeres, as well as the base for submarine tours and diving excursions.

Eastern Treasures

Beaches in this area make use of the sea currents to offer brilliant sailing and surfing. Chac Mool and Playa Marlin are known for their parasailing and sailboard activities, as is the Gaviota Azul, named for its beautiful blue waters. Playa Ballenas is also great for activities, with tube rides, parasailing, volleyball games and numerous bars and restaurants. For those looking for simple relaxation, the Punta Nizuc and the Playa Delfines offer an incredible view out over the area which must be seen to be believed, whilst at San Miguelito there is a small ruin from the Mayan era to offer a little history to visitors.


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