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Playa Delfines

Catch some waves or just escape the crowds at this peaceful beach that's long been a firm favorite with locals.

This quiet beach is the perfect location for all kinds of beach lovers. Playa Delfines’ wide, sandy shores are expansive, and seem to stretch for miles. You’ll have no problem finding a quiet spot on this beach, despite it being a popular destination. Catch a few waves, or swim with the kids in the lifesaver-patrolled area. Fringed by Cancun’s dazzling turquoise waters, and with no hotels in the immediate vicinity, Playa Delfines provides the laid-back beach experience that many come to Cancun in search of. 

Secure a shady spot under one of the many free umbrellas and spread out your towel. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave, so finding a shady spot is a must. The beach is home to medium-sized waves and is popular amongst surfers. While there is nowhere to hire surfboards at the beach, it is possible to do so from downtown Cancun. 

During the day, Playa Delfines is patrolled by lifesavers, making it a great place to come with small children. Close to the shore, the waves are gentle, and parents are afforded peace of mind knowing that there is a trained medical officer on site. 

Playa Delfines translates to “Dolphin Beach”, and is one of the best places in Cancun to see these majestic creatures. They can often be seen from the shore, but chartered tours are also available for those wanting a more intimate experience. 

While there are no large restaurants at Playa Delfines, many street vendors operate at the beach offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Aimed at the locals, the food is more traditional and less expensive than in many of the more tourist-orientated restaurants. Try local specialties like fresh fish wrapped in a banana leaf, or Kibis, an old Yucatan favorite.

Playa Delfines is located 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from downtown Cancun and is best reached by bus or taxi. Playa Delfines offers free parking, a rarity at the beaches of Cancun. This public beach is open all hours, although lifesavers are only present during the day. There is no entrance fee for the beach. 

Popular Activities at Delfines Beach

Get the most out of your time at Delfines Beach. Below is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

Waited forever to make it to this celebrated attraction? Then you mustn't go home without trying out a Full-Day Tour of the Hotel Zone with Beaches, Ruins & Market Visit.

If you'd like more activities, peruse our Cancun things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Delfines Beach


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Emporio Cancun CA $109
Emporio Cancun

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zona Hotelera, this beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballenas Beach, Aquaworld, and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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    GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

    GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

    Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 19.5, Lt 59-2, Sección A, 2 da etapa Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of El Rey Ruins and Delfines Beach. Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive CA $286
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      Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina & Spa - All Inclusive

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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive CA $334
        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

        Iberostar Selection Cancun All Inclusive

        Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17, Cancun, QROO
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 15-minute walk of Delfines Beach, El Rey Ruins, and Maya Cancun Museum. Aquaworld is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

          Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive CA $353
          Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive

          Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive

          Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Oleo Cancun Playa All Inclusive Boutique Resort CA $244
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            Oleo Cancun Playa All Inclusive Boutique Resort

            Blvd. Kukulkan Km 19.5, Cancun, QROO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Delfines Beach and Aquaworld. Ventura Park Cancun and Cancun Interactive Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive CA $296
              Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

              Seadust Cancun Family Resort - All Inclusive

              Blvd. Kukulcan km.16.9, Lote 52-04, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Hotelera, this family-friendly Cancun property is within a 10-minute walk of Delfines Beach and Maya Cancun Museum. El Rey Ruins and Aquaworld are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort CA $153
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                The Royal Caribbean - An All Suites Resort

                Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 17, Lote 50, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Cancun resort is located in Zona Hotelera, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballenas Beach, Aquaworld, and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and Maya Cancun Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).