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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

Get the most out of your time at Delfines Beach. Below is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

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Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only $440
Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only

Iberostar Cancun Star Prestige All Inclusive, Adults Only

Boulevard Kukulkán KM 17 B, Cancun, QROO
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    I loved the whole experience, it was a beautiful hotel the staff on point at every matter, wr could not want for anything. We didn't have to leave the facility for anything, they had it all 10 out of 10

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort $151
    Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

    The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

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

      Relaxing resort, great access to beach and pools, only downfall was only one restaurant on site. Able to use the sister resorts restaurants but one of those two were the exact same menu as this hotels menu. Overall great stay for an adult trip, didn’t seem like there were many kid based activities ...

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive $254
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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      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
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Hotel amenities are great, food is really tasty and staff is super friendly and helpful

        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive $336
        Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

        Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun, QROO
           
          4.3 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Everything didn't start out so great. But the lady manager made it better. I would say to do privilege, you pay a lot more but is worth it. Better quality food and service! In the end we enjoyed our stay at Iberostar Cancun!

          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive $257
          Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

          Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

          Blvd. Kukulcan km.16.9, Lote 52-04, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
             
            3.9 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            the resort is amazing the staff was really nice and helpful. the pool was clean the rooms were great to. great family resort i will say they need to have a 24 hours place to get snacks or food besides the manhattan restaurant.

            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive $245
            Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

            Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

            Boulevard Kukulcan Km 18.5, Cancun, QROO
               
              3.9 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Staff and quality was excellent. Cleaning staff and workers are top of things to make sure you are taken care of.

              The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort $107
              Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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              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
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Quiet place. Room is clean. Lot of restaurants to choose from. Hourly shuttles are available to visit other affiliated hotels where you can use the amenities. Ocean view. Would stay at the same hotel when we revisit Cancun❤️

                GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive $231
                Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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                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
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  The swimming pools were great And the lobby bar was reallly good