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Playa Delfines

Playa Delfines (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 18, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Located near Ruinas del Rey at Km 18, where Boulevard Kukulcán curves into a hill, Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach) is one of the last beaches before Punta Nizuc. Hotels have yet to dominate this small section of coastline, and there’s an incredible lookout over the […]

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Playa Caracol

Playa Caracol (Snail Beach) (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — the last “real” beach along the east-west stretch of the Zona Hotelera, is near Plaza Caracol and the Xcaret dock. Located at Km 8.5, the whole area has been eaten up by development, in particular the high-rise condominium complex next to the entrance. […]

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Nichupté Lagoon

Nichupté Lagoon — You’ll find sophisticated French, Italian and Mexican cuisine at the beachfront resorts and low-key restaurants on Nichupté Lagoon. Choose from a variety of cuisines and romantic settings: perhaps Southeast Asian satay in a private palm-covered booth or Mexican peppers stuffed with fresh lobster in a Spanish-style courtyard.

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Cancún Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok

Cancún Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 7.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – this is Cancún’s main golf course. Its club has fine views of both sea and lagoon; its 18 holes were designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It also has two practice greens, three tennis courts, a pro shop, and a restaurant. For […]

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Plaza Las Avenidas

Plaza Las Avenidas (Av. Yaxchilán, Sm 35, N.C-2, El Centro, Cancún) — Far from the Hotel Zone, this shopping area is most convenient for those staying in El Centro. There are gift shops, fast-food restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, and a karaoke bar. You’ll also find a drugstore and a bakery on the premises.

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Playa Marlin

Playa Marlin (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — this is a seductive stretch of sand in the heart of the Zona Hotelera, accessible via a road next to Kukulcán Plaza. Despite its turquoise waters and silky sands, the waves are strong and the currents are dangerous. If this beach is crowded, you can […]

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Playa las Perlas

Playa las Perlas (Pearl Beach) (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 2.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Located at Km 2.5, between the Cancún mainland and the bridge, it’s a relatively small beach on the protected waters of the Bahía de Mujeres, and is popular with locals. There are several restaurants lining the sand, but most of the water-sports […]

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Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Small, placid Playa Langosta (Lobster Beach), which has an entrance at Boulevard Kukulcán’s Km 5, has calm waters that make it an excellent place to swim. There’s a dock (mainly used by Dolphin Discovery) that juts out in the middle of the water, but swimming […]

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Playa Chac Mool

Playa Chac Mool (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 10, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Located at Km 10 on Boulevard Kukulcán, Playa Chacmool can be accessed through the beach entrance across the street from Señor Frog’s. As at Playa Caracol, development has greatly encroached on Chacmool’s shores. There are a lot of rocks, but the water is a […]

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Playa Ballenas

Playa Ballenas (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 14.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Also known as Whale Beach, this is raw stretch of sand and crystal water at Km 14.5 between Sandos Cancun and Cancún Palace. Jet skiers often zoom through the water, and the strong wind makes the surf rough. The beach is open to the public, […]