Although Cancun is much more than a beach resort, any discussion of this destination would be incomplete without a summary of our marvelous stretches of cool, white sand. Walking along the 14 miles of Caribbean coast in Cancun is what most visitors desire, and it’s all free – all beaches in Cancun are open to the public. Many of the hotel beaches have lounge chairs laid out under palapas (thatched umbrellas) to shade visitors from the considerable effects of the Mexican sun.
Cancun is perfectly surrounded by three unique bodies of water, each beautiful in its own way. The Caribbean Sea has the liveliest surf, perfect for jumping waves and frolicking. The Bahia Mujeres, between Isla Mujeres and Cancun, is tranquil and serene, a great place to snorkel without fear of undertow or choppy waters. And lastly, the Nichupte Lagoon’s still waters are the ideal setting for water sports of all kinds – from waterskiing to wave-running. As you move along Blvd. Kukulcan, you’ll spot blue and white “Beach Access” signs where visitors can walk or drive into a public beach entrance. Bahia Mujeres beaches (top part of the “7”) include bathtub- like Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol. These are shallow, calm, and ideal for families with children.
Along the Caribbean are several choices. Near Punta Cancun (between the Dreams and Hyatt Regency) is a wonderful sheltered cove - Playa Gaviota Azul. Further south are lovely Playa Chac-Mool, Playa Marlin, and Playa Ballenas. These are wide sandy beaches with open surf (caution advised) but generally small waves. In general, beaches get wider the further south you move along the “7” and eventually lead to lovely Playa Coral at Punta Nizuc.