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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. 

Popular Activities at Delfines Beach

Make the most of your visit to Delfines Beach. Here is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

When preparing for your excursion, you might want to consider purchasing a Full-Day Tour of the Hotel Zone with Beaches, Ruins & Market Visit and a Chichén Itzá Shuttle.

Take a look at our Cancun things to do page to discover many more activities while you're here.


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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive $225
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Cancun
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 6,059 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This all-inclusive resort is on the beach overlooking the Caribbean, 8km (5 mi) from Cancun's restaurant and entertainment district, across the street from AquaWorld Marina.

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort $95
    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

    Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Cancun
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,349 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Hotel Zone resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Cancun Museum and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and La Isla Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive $255
      Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

      Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

      Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 1,418 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Cancún's hotel zone, Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive boasts its own private beach. Guests can walk 10 minutes to Playa Delfines and drive 20 minutes to the airport. History buffs can stroll 15 minutes to the Mayan ruins at El Rey, and shoppers can drive 5 minutes to the Luxury Avenue mall.

        Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive $216
        Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

        Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

        Boulevard Kukulcan Km 18.5, Cancun
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 1,747 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated along the less crowded southern Cancún Hotel Zone and overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, the beachfront Crown Paradise Club Cancun is 15 minutes from the Cancún International Airport.

          GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive $226
          GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

          GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

          Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 19.5, Lt 59-2, Cancun
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 7,978 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Hotel Zone, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins. Ballenas Beach and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive $229
            Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive

            Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive

            Boulevard Kukulcan Km 20.5, Lote 64, Cancun
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 5,820 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Beautifully nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupté Lagoon in the less-crowded southern end of Cancún, Royal Solaris Cancún is within 2 km (1.25 mi) of the El Rey Mayan ruins and Wet'n Wild waterpark

              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort $98
              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

              Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Cancun
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,164 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Hotel Zone resort is within a 15-minute walk of Maya Cancun Museum and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

                Emporio Cancun $110
                Emporio Cancun

                Emporio Cancun

                Blvd. Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km.17, Cancun
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 1,920 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Hotel Zone, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Cancun Museum and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and La Isla Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).