Along 14 miles of white sand beaches and crystal blue water, Cancun offers two different types of beach regions. In the Northern area, the water is
very calm because it is shielded by the Isla Mujeres, while the Eastern beaches often experience rough winds and currents along the Nichupte
Lagoon. The beaches utilize a flag system where a green flag means it is safe to swim, yellow cautions visitors to be careful, red warns them of
danger, and black says not to swim, that it is very dangerous. Visitors will find that most of Cancun's beaches are accessible to the public and feature
a number of activities, including water-skiing, kayaking, and beach volleyball.
Located in the middle of the hotel zone, this beach faces Bahia de Mujeres and features shallow turquoise blue water ideal for afternoon of
swimming. After relaxing on the white sandy beach, visit one of the beachside bars or restaurants for a snack. At the dockside, visitors may board
shuttles to tour Isla Mujeres and to other snorkeling dive sites.
Another Northern beach, Playa Caracol, is difficult to find and is accessible through a gate next to Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. This beach is great
for young children with its flat white sand and calm waters for easy swimming.
Playa Chac Mool
As one of the Eastern beaches, this public beach is located near the Punta Cancun Resort and across the street from Senor Frog's restaurant. The
current changes rapidly at this beach and could become strong fast so visitors should watch the warning flags closely to make sure they do not
venture out too far. When the current cooperates, the water is ideal for parasailing, water-skiing, or sail-boarding.
Located between the Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc Resorts, this Eastern beach is accessible behind Kukulcan's Plaza, and the beach features
breathtaking views of the lagoon and a quiet place to sunbathe. Since Playa Marlin produces strong currents, pay attention to the flags.
Camino Real Hotel Beach
Nestled at the Southern tip of the peninsula, this secluded beacn can only be accessed by walking through the hotel. While the beach technically is
public, it does not allow any vendors, stereos, sports, or strollers, so enjoy the quiet.