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Free Beaches in Cancun?

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Free Beaches in Cancun?

Hi everyone!

I'm coming to Cancun in April, and am staying off hotel row, at a resort on the bay (aka no beach). I haven't decided if I'm just going to take taxi's to the beach or rent a car, but I'm mostly trying to figure out what beaches I can relax at that won't charge me?

I've never been to Cancun before, so I'm totally clueless. Are there free beaches? Will nearby hotels charge me?

Any and all advice would be appreciated! :)

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1. Re: Free Beaches in Cancun?

All beaches are free. Access is controlled through resorts, though. You can park freely or take the bus to several beaches and then walk as far as you want. Playa Delfines is one of the favorite ones. There is a large parking area and access point there.

This is from docancun.com and describes all of the public access points. Please note that the description of Playa Tortugas is out of date as Fat Tuesday's is no longer located there but the beach is still public and very nice.

Public Beach Access


While all beaches in Cancun are technically public (owned by the government), you may not be able to access the beach by walking through a hotel, which is private property. Visitors staying in hotels that are not on the beach can access the beaches at any of the 10 public-access entries to the beach.

Playa Ballenas - Public entrance is a sidewalk along the Meridien Hotel wall fence. Incredible views, and peaceful sunbathing. Keep an eye on the warning flags, however, as the currents can be quite dangerous any time of the year. At kilometer 14 in the Hotel Zone, in between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

Playa Caracol/Playa Las Palmas - Entrance is hard to locate. Go through the small wood gate next to Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. Also accessible through Xcaret bus terminal. Near Punta Cancun, ideal for children or beginner swimmers. One of the nicer beaches because of its flat shallow sand bed. Located at 8.5 km in the Hotel Zone.

Playa Chac Mool - Public entrance is across the street from Señor Frog's. Public beach with changing area, handy restaurants. Be advised however that the currents are strong and it's tempting to wade too far out into the shallow water. Good water sports area - sail-boarding, water skiing and parasailing. Located kilometer 10 in the Hotel Zone, near Punta Cancun.

Playa Delfines - Peaceful sunbathing and breathtaking views. However it also offers dangerous swimming conditions in the strong surf and sometimes treacherous currents. There are some stone benches for sitting and contemplating the sea, but no other facilities. At kilometer 18 in the Hotel Zone, near Punta Nizuc.

Playa Juventud - Here is a nice place for swimming and a good place for water sports. Located off of Kukulcán Boulevard at km. 3 in the Hotel Zone.

Playa Langosta - Excellent swimming. Situated in the middle of the north end of the Hotel Zone and facing Bahia de Mujeres, you can find some of the best swimming that Cancun has to offer at Playa Langosta. Lots of beach restaurants and bars. Located at km. 5 of the Hotel Zone. A dock with shuttles to Isla Mujeres and other tours located here too

Playa Las Perlas - Another nice place for swimming and a good place for water sports. There are restaurants and bars on the beach. It is located at kilometer 2.5 in the Hotel Zone.

Playa Linda - Excellent swimming. Close to downtown and facing Bahia de Mujeres. Some of the best swimming in all of Cancun. Restaurants, changing rooms. Playa Linda’s dock is the departure point for submarine and dive tours. Located at kilometer 4 in the Hotel Zone.

Playa Marlin - Public entrance behind Kukulcán Plaza. Sunbather's delight. Well known for its incredible, expansive views and peaceful sunbathing. Keep an eye on the warning flags however, as the currents can be dangerous. Located at kilometer 13 in the Hotel Zone, in between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

Playa Tortugas - Public entrance is next to Fat Tuesday's. Good swimming here, and perfect for water sports. A number of restaurants and refreshment bars located here too. Located at kilometer 6.5 in the Hotel Zone. Dock offering shuttles to Isla Mujeres and other tours.

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2. Re: Free Beaches in Cancun?

Personally I wouldn't worry about it too much. As a tourist you can pretty much walk through any non AI resort without being harassed by anyone. You can also walk out of any resort, if it happens to be an AI and they ask where your wrist band is, you just tell them the truth "you are not a guest there, you were walking the beach, and wanted to find an exit back to the main road". At that point they usually will point you to the exit or even escort you.

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