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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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Marriott Cancun Resort $109
Marriott Cancun Resort

Marriott Cancun Resort

Boulevard Kukulcan, Retorno Chac L-41, Cancun
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 2,373 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Situated along the Caribbean Sea, the Marriott Cancun Resort is within 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of AquaWorld marina, Plaza Kukulcán's shops, and the ruins of El Rey.

    Emporio Cancun $84
    Emporio Cancun

    Emporio Cancun

    Blvd. Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km.17, Cancun
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1,826 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).

      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 1,610 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.

        Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive $224
        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 5,627 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

          GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive $237
          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 7,695 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).

            Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive $262
            Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

            Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

            Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Cancun
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 5,626 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 Westin Resort & Spa Cancun $111
              The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

              The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

              Boulevard Kukulcan Km 20, Cancun
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 3,370 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located on the widest stretch of beach in Cancun, The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun features sea and lagoon views and is 7 km (4.5 mi) from shopping and dining at Plaza Kukulcán.

                Grand Oasis Sens - Adults Only - All Inclusive $222
                Grand Oasis Sens - Adults Only - All Inclusive

                Grand Oasis Sens - Adults Only - All Inclusive

                Ave Kukulcan Km 19.5 Hotel Zone, Cancun
                   
                  3.2
                  of 5, from 2,100 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Grand Oasis Sens - Adults Only - All Inclusive resort sits on a white-sand beach in the Cancún Hotel Zone; the international airport is 14.5 km (9 miles) away.