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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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Lodging Near Delfines Beach

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$192
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 4,027 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

$96
The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 512 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Avenida Kukulkan condominium 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).

$240
Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

Crown Paradise Club Cancun All Inclusive

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 18.5, Cancun
3.8
of 5, from 1,767 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.

$224
GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulkan KM. 19.5, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 5,573 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Avenida Kukulkan resort is within a 10-minute walk of El Rey Ruins and Delfines Beach. Maya Cancun Museum and San Miguelito are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive

Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun
4.4
of 5, from 851 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.

$86
Emporio Hotel & Suites Cancun

Emporio Hotel & Suites Cancun

Blvd. Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km.17, Cancun
3.9
of 5, from 723 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, 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).

$100
The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

The Royal Islander - An All Suites Resort

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Cancun
4.1
of 5, from 428 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Avenida Kukulkan condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Cancun Museum, Delfines Beach, and El Rey Ruins. San Miguelito and Aquaworld are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$243
Great Parnassus Family Resort - All Inclusive

Great Parnassus Family Resort - All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulcan km.16.9, Lote 52-04, Cancun
3.5
of 5, from 1,385 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 12-story all-inclusive hotel is located on the beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone, 30 minutes from downtown, close to Luxury Avenue, Playa Delfines, and La Isla Shopping Mall.