With peerless white-sand beaches and tropical weather year-round, Cancún is a beach bum’s paradise. It’s the perfect destination for just about anyone who loves the beach: families, couples, or friend groups. There are even plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied off the beach. Enjoy the thrilling nightlife at Cancún’s world-renowned clubs such as Coco Bongo, unique artisan crafts peddled by street vendors at Parque de las Palapas, or centuries of rich history at Museo Maya de Cancun.
You’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the calming, turquoise waters — even when it’s time to turn in for the night. When staying in Cancún, you can cut down on your commute to and from the beach by staying as close as possible. If you’re lucky, you might even get a sea view. Read on for some of the best beachfront hotels in Cancún, Mexico.
Experience a secluded seaside retreat when you stay at SLS Cancun Hotel & Spa. This towering high-rise is located within a gated community, so throngs of tourists won’t disturb your quiet vacation. Your retreat includes access to 820 feet (250 meters) of private beach just a minute’s walk away.
The onsite restaurant, Leynia, serves up an array of Argentinian-Japanese fusion dishes. Enjoy a swim in the pool overlooking the sea or sample a tropical cocktail at the beachside bar. If you want to golf but don’t want to share the crowded greens at the nearby courses, then you’re in luck. This hotel has its own 18-hole course.
La Palma is located right in the middle of Cancún’s Hotel Zone, so there’s plenty to do right in the neighborhood. You can take a seven-minute walk to the Hotel Zone’s restaurant and club district, where family-friendly dinner spots like Señor Frog’s rub elbows with late-night clubs like Coco Bongo. With a seven-minute walk in the other direction, you’ll arrive at the scenic Punta Cancun Lighthouse; its red and white stripes make for a great photo opportunity. La Palma Beachfront Hotel is just 1,476 feet (450 meters) from Playa Caracol, a popular public beach.
At Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites, you’ll have all the comforts of home such as free Wi-Fi, a gym, and a laundromat. An onsite convenience store is available as well for your essentials. You can also take advantage of some extraordinary amenities: two hotel restaurants dishing out delicious Mexican and American cuisine, a salon and spa, and a spacious outdoor pool.
One of Cancún’s most stunning white sand beaches, Playa Ancha, is a minute’s walk away. Golfers will be delighted to know that it’s only a two-minute drive to the idyllic Pok Ta Pok 18-hole golf course which offers spectacular views of the sea and sunset.
Playa Pez Volador, a beach with tranquil, shallow waters frequented by locals, is just 557 feet (170 meters) away from this 4-star hotel. Even better, Playa Langosta is no more than a three-minute minute walk from the hotel’s front door. Make a splash at the family-friendly water slides and sprinklers at the nearby Chaac Water Park. Tired of the beach but still craving a swim? Check out Casa Maya’s swimming pool and hot tub.
If you get rained out of the beach, don’t worry as there’s still plenty to do. Planetario de Cancun, where you can enjoy fascinating educational displays about the solar system, is only a 10-minute drive from the hotel. For the grownups, Dubai Palace Casino, which offers slot machines, card tables, and Mexican comfort food, is just 12 minutes away by car.
With an adults-only policy and spa treatments aplenty, Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa is a wonderful choice for a romantic beach getaway. With five restaurants on-site, you’ll never go hungry.
You won’t have to carry your beach bag far— a private stretch of the top-rated beach Playa Ballenas is available for your enjoyment just 1,804 feet (550 meters) away, no more than a six-minute walk from the front door. Located along the narrow strip of land known as Cancún’s Hotel Zone, every room at Golden Parnassus offers views of either the Carribean Sea or the Nichupte Lagoon.
Cyan Cancun Resort & Spa is beautifully decorated in a relaxed, beachy style. Its cyan-colored furnishings evoke the blue waters of its pristine private beach, which is directly adjacent to the hotel and less than a minute’s walk from its front door. Gaze at the sea from the outdoor pool and hot tub or soak up some sun on one of the cushioned deck chairs.
A 12-minute drive away from the center of Cancún’s Hotel Zone, Cyan Cancun Resort & Spa is far away enough to ensure quiet evenings but close enough to worry about missing out on the excitement.
BSEA Cancun Plaza Hotel comprises a series of terraced buildings that surround a large outdoor pool. It also faces out toward its very own private beach which you can directly access through the pool area. Enjoy sea views from the guest rooms, many of which have private terraces where you can feel the cool breeze on your face. With an adults-only swimming pool and a children’s play area, there’s something here for the whole family.
Iberostar Golf Club and its 18-hole golf course are only four minutes away by car. History buffs might also want to stop by the El Rey Archeological Zone, a collection of Maya ruins— including a pyramid— that date back to 1200 AD.
Hotel Dos Playas lives up to its name as it’s situated right in between two beaches. On one hand, Playa Tortugas is located 590.6 feet (180 meters) or a three-minute walk away. On the other hand, Playa Langosta is 0.7 miles (1.2 kilometers) or a 14-minute walk away. You’ll be spoiled for choice between the two beaches, as well as the hotel’s large circular swimming pool.
Soak up the natural beauty of Cancún by strolling the tropical gardens or gazing at breathtaking sea views from select rooms. A variety of water sports are available nearby, so make sure to check them out. After a tiring day of activities, drop by Oishii Koi Sushi Bar or Iguanas Restaurant for a refreshing meal.
This palatial white resort is located just 1 mile (1.7 kilometers) from the beautiful Playa Ballenas. It’s also only an 11-minute walk away from Playa San Miguelito. Take your pick from either, as both are known for soft, white sand and pearlescent turquoise water. Book a room with a pool or a beach view, and get some sun on the terrace.
A 15-minute walk will get you to Cancún’s Interactive Aquarium. Here, you can pet starfish and sea urchins in touch tanks or get up close and personal with bright tropical fish using the aquarium’s underwater breathing helmets — no scuba certification required!
Like its namesake, Flamingo Cancun Resort is brightly colored and uniquely beautiful. It’s also conveniently located at a seven-minute walk from Playa Blanca. With not one but two outdoor pools, one of which is at the beachfront, you won’t have to travel far to find aquatic fun. Shop for unique local souvenirs at the nearby Flamingo Mall, just five minutes away on foot or one minute away by car. If you’re feeling lucky, take a two-minute drive to visit the luxurious Casino Macao.
Beautiful beachfront living in Cancun
You won’t find anything quite like Cancún’s breathtaking beaches anywhere else in the world. With so much fun to be had on the sand, you’ll want to stay as close as possible. Let the gentle sound of the waves rock you to sleep at night by booking one of these top-notch beachfront hotels.
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