The north side beaches have very calm conditions making them
great places to relax and take it easy. They are also great for
finding activities as they border many shops, restaurants, and
clubs. The north side beaches are on the waters of the Mujeres
Bay. In the Mujeres Bay is the Isla Mujeres, an island once
considered sacred by the ancient Mayan people. Isla Mujeres is
now home to a turtle rehabilitation center, and also to North
Beach which has been considered one of the best beaches in the
: Isla Mujeres
- 5 miles long,
less then .5 miles wide.
Another great north side beach is Playa Caracol. This beach is a
great beach to take children to with its shallow waters and flat
bottoms making it much safer than the average beach. It is also
close to a number of restaurants, night clubs, and even one of
the first malls ever constructed in Cancun.
Picture: Playa Caracol
The Playa Tortugas is also a great beach in Cancun. They
have ferries that can take you to Isla Mujeres and all its
attractions. These beaches are also home to sand volleyball and
border multiple restaurants and Playa Tortugas itself has many
open air cafes.
Picture: Playa Tortugas
The Playa Linda, like the other beaches, is very calm and serene
as well as have ferries that go to Isla k that includes scuba
diving tours and a submarine tour, making it a particularly
unique beach in Cancun.
Picture: Playa Linda Beach
The east side beaches are breezier then the north side beaches
and have higher wave conditions. This is due to the beaches
bordering the Caribbean Sea. This makes these beaches more for
the adventurous vacationers. These beaches are home to many
sailing and exercise activities that keep the beach goers very
active during their stay in Cancun. There is also a Mayan ruin
on San Miguelito.
Playa Chac Mool is a great east side beach
filled with beautiful hotels with a plentitude of people that
keeps activity buzzing. The high wind speeds of Playa Chac Mool
make it ideal for sailboarding and parasailing. Beware of the
strong currents in these shallow waters.
Playa Chac Mool Beach
Playa Marlin has similar capabilities for parasailing and
sailboarding, but has better parking availability then Playa
Chac Mool. The Playa Ballenas is also a wonderful beach that
offers parasailing, tube rides, sand volleyball, and an
excellent view of the sunset. This beach is also noteworthy for
its location near the Crococun Zoo, which houses a variety of
wildlife and activities for children that make it a fun learning
Playa Ballenas Beach
The beaches of Cancun offer activities for a great variety of
people. They offer relaxing and calm scenery at the north side
beaches and adventure and excitement on the east side beaches.
Almost all the beaches are located near restaurants, hotels,
night clubs, and many other activities sure to make a vacation
in Cancun worthwhile.