4 Local Favorites: Beaches

1. Playa Delfines
Near the southern end of the numeral 7-shaped hotel zone lies Playa Delfines, one of the largest beaches in Cancun. It also boasts some of the bluest water you’ll ever see. Public access means plenty of parasailers, jet skiers, and kite surfers.


2. Playa Tortugas
On the north end, Playa Tortugas is a fun little beach that has protected swimming for the little ones, some fun little beach bars with food, easy access to the ferry terminal to Isla Mujeres, and even a bungee jumping tower on the pier if the margaritas are convincing you to get wild. It’s a fun place to hang out with locals and tourists alike.
3. Playa Forum
Another social beach, Playa Forum is located in the Punta Cancun area behind the can’t miss Coco Bongo nightclub. A popular public access beach, hit the sand and mingle with the fun, social crowd, or head up to the beach club nearby to enjoy drinks and amenities overlooking the view. Still not enough? Walk street side for shopping, restaurants, bars and more.
4. Isla Blanca
This one’s for the adventurers and is a vast stretch of beach that will probably be developed soon, so visit this tucked away strip of sand while it’s still secluded. It starts about 25 minutes north of the hotel zone, but keep driving north for more seclusion until the road turns sandy. Then it’s the end for your rental car. Enjoy deserted, pristine beaches, and sporadic restaurants along the way selling fresh fish.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .


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