We are spoiled for choice with Cancun’s beaches, but which are the most popular?
This past month I asked people about their favorite beaches in Cancun. Punta Maroma is not included, even though it was voted enough to make it. We only considered those that are within a 30-mile radius of the downtown area, and we all agreed on the winners.
- Playa Chac-Mool – Playa Gaviota Azul (AKA Playa Forum)
These contiguous beaches at the heart of Cancun’s Zona Hotelera are considered as one. One side has slow currents while the other is wavy enough for surf lessons. The best part about this place is that it’s perfect for making new friends, especially if you are new in town. Its proximity to the famous nightclub area makes it a very popular spot.
- Playa Caracol (Playa Presidente – Punta Cancún)
Just like its neighbor Playa Forum, this beach comprises more than one beach and it’s close to many restaurants and stores. To the north: Playa Presidente, a vast beach known among locals as ‘the pool’, due to its steady waters. To the south: Punta Cancun. Both sides are shallow, tranquil and isolated. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there are a few landmarks worth sharing.
- Isla Blanca
This sandy peninsula could easily have won this poll but for one reason – most people don’t know it. With stunning sights and almost virgin powdery sands, it’s unbeatable for wind sports. There are a couple restaurants in the area, but we suggest bringing your own basic supplies. Isla Blanca remains untouched by any major developments and camping there is a million-star experience.
- Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres)
Located at the extreme north end of the island, Playa Norte was recently voted the best beach in Mexico by Tripadvisor users (and seventh worldwide). It has my favorite sunsets of all the Yucatan Peninsula. It has calm, shallow waters, and there is a diverse range of food to choose from.
- Playa Delfines
This place has everything: vibrant blue water, clean, safe and inclusive public facilities (including a gym and a kid’s playground), a great sightseeing spot with the emblematic Cancun sign, educational/environmental activities (like baby turtle releases) and its own archeological site (El Rey). Playa Delfines meets the highest standards of cleanliness of both water and beach. That’s why it was certified as the best Blue Flag Beach in Mexico, a proof that with attention and care, the sustainable world-class beach we deserve, is possible.