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Playa Delfines

Catch some waves or just escape the crowds at this peaceful beach that's long been a firm favorite with locals.

This quiet beach is the perfect location for all kinds of beach lovers. Playa Delfines’ wide, sandy shores are expansive, and seem to stretch for miles. You’ll have no problem finding a quiet spot on this beach, despite it being a popular destination. Catch a few waves, or swim with the kids in the lifesaver-patrolled area. Fringed by Cancun’s dazzling turquoise waters, and with no hotels in the immediate vicinity, Playa Delfines provides the laid-back beach experience that many come to Cancun in search of. 

Secure a shady spot under one of the many free umbrellas and spread out your towel. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave, so finding a shady spot is a must. The beach is home to medium-sized waves and is popular amongst surfers. While there is nowhere to hire surfboards at the beach, it is possible to do so from downtown Cancun. 

During the day, Playa Delfines is patrolled by lifesavers, making it a great place to come with small children. Close to the shore, the waves are gentle, and parents are afforded peace of mind knowing that there is a trained medical officer on site. 

Playa Delfines translates to “Dolphin Beach”, and is one of the best places in Cancun to see these majestic creatures. They can often be seen from the shore, but chartered tours are also available for those wanting a more intimate experience. 

While there are no large restaurants at Playa Delfines, many street vendors operate at the beach offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Aimed at the locals, the food is more traditional and less expensive than in many of the more tourist-orientated restaurants. Try local specialties like fresh fish wrapped in a banana leaf, or Kibis, an old Yucatan favorite.

Playa Delfines is located 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from downtown Cancun and is best reached by bus or taxi. Playa Delfines offers free parking, a rarity at the beaches of Cancun. This public beach is open all hours, although lifesavers are only present during the day. There is no entrance fee for the beach. 


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Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 10-minute walk of Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Emporio Cancun $75
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    Blvd. Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km.17, Lote 49, Segunda Etapa, Zona Htl., Cancun, QROO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballenas Beach, Aquaworld, and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive $167
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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

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        Boulevard Kukulcan Km 18.5, Cancun, QROO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive $258
          Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

          Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

          Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun, QROO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 15-minute walk of Delfines Beach, El Rey Ruins, and Maya Cancun Museum. Aquaworld is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

            Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive $171
            Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive

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            Boulevard Kukulcan Km 20.5, Lote 64, 2a etapa, Seccion A, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cancun property is located on the Strip, within a 15-minute walk of El Rey Ruins and Delfines Beach. Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              GR Caribe By Solaris Deluxe All Inclusive Resort $161
              GR Caribe By Solaris Deluxe All Inclusive Resort

              GR Caribe By Solaris Deluxe All Inclusive Resort

              Blvd. Kukulcan Km 20.5, Lote 64, Section A, 2nd entrance, Hotel Zone, Cancun, QROO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and El Rey Ruins. Delfines Beach and Aquaworld are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Cancun Adults Only - All Inclusive $355
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                Boulevard Kukulkán KM 17 B, Cancun, QROO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 15-minute walk of Delfines Beach, El Rey Ruins, and Maya Cancun Museum. Aquaworld is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.