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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 time spent at Delfines Beach. Here's a list of the most popular things to do:

Why not think about purchasing a Full-Day Tour of the Hotel Zone with Beaches, Ruins & Market Visit or a Chichén Itzá Shuttle?

For more activities, peruse our Cancun things to do page.


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Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only $515
Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only

Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only

Boulevard Kukulkán KM 17 B, Cancun, QROO
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 121 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This Cancun property is by the ocean, set on a private beach within minutes of Delfines Beach, El Rey Ruins, and Maya Cancun Museum. Also nearby are Aquaworld and Ballenas Beach.

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort $156
    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

    Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,531 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly resort is located in Cancun (Zona Hotelera), close to Maya Cancun Museum, Aquaworld, and Delfines Beach. Also nearby are El Rey Ruins and Ballenas Beach.

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive $270
      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

      Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 6,541 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.

        Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive $355
        Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

        Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

        Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun, QROO
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,657 reviews
          5.0 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.

          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive $289
          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

          Blvd. Kukulcan km.16.9, Lote 52-04, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
             
            3.8
            of 5, from 536 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly property is located in Cancun (Zona Hotelera), close to Maya Cancun Museum, Delfines Beach, and El Rey Ruins. Also nearby are Aquaworld and Ballenas Beach.

            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive $281
            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

            Boulevard Kukulcan Km 18.5, Cancun, QROO
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 1,885 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.

              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort $131
              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

              Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,226 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Maya Cancun Museum and 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from El Rey Ruins. Ballenas Beach and Marlin Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive $253
                GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

                GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

                Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 19.5, Lt 59-2, Sección A, 2 da etapa Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 8,226 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the city center, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from El Rey Ruins, and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Maya Cancun Museum. Ballenas Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.