Millions of tourists visit Cancun every year for its beautiful beaches. Cancun has several white sand beaches that are accessible by the public. The beaches in the north are calmer and has lesser activities while those on the Caribbean side have stronger currents
and more activities. The following is a list of the 5 best Cancun beaches.
- Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is a beautiful sandy beach that is lined with 4 stories high condos in Akumal, Cancun. Some parts of the beach are steep and rocky. Half Moon Bay has a healthy coral with plentiful of marine creatures like cuttlefish, eagle rays, mana ray, turtles, colorful fishes. It is recommended that you wear water shoes as there are a lot of sea urchins. All the marked turtle nests are open for visit. The eggs will hatch in between May to August. The water remains shallow until the edge of the reef. Thick barrier of seagrass grow in some parts along the seashore. There are paid bathrooms nearby.
- Punta Bete Beach
Punta Bete beach is a 7 km long rocky beach lined with thatched roof resorts, and coconut trees in Cancun. It is also surrounded by a thick jungle in the backdrop. Punta Bete beach is less known as it is located in a remote area. You can pitch your own tent on the seashore. You can rent a beach chair and enjoy some seafood which you can buy from the beach side restaurant. You should wear water shoes as there are lots of rocks in the water. Get more details at Cancun beaches at beachspot.
- Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is free for the public to access unlike many other private beaches in Cancun that only allow resorts guests to access. If you want to enjoy some privacy, you can visit the part of the beach in the Playacar area. You can participate in various excursions including skiing, snorkeling, arasailing and etc. You can rent the beach equipment at the rental shop on 5th Avenue. From Playa del Carmen, you can board on a ferry to Cozumel to carry out snorkeling activities. You can hire a vespa to snorkel at different spots in the island.
- Tulum Ruins Beach
Tulum Ruins Beach is a breathtaking beach situated in the Tulum Ruins in Tulum National Park. At the entrance, you will see Mayan ruins. There are lots of iguanas that wander around here. You can climb up the cliff beside the coastline and view the ocean scenery. There is a wooden staircase on the cliff that you can climb down to the beach. Tulum Ruins Beach has soft white sand with beautiful turquoise water. There is no changing room so you should come prepared wearing a swimsuit under your clothes. There is a restroom near the Tulum National Park where you can change your clothes.
- Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is a sandy beach adjoined to a fishing village in between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. There are ferry services that fetch snorkelers to the reef in a short distance. You can buy fresh ceviche from the beachside vendors. There are musicians wandering around and playing music on the beach. Many tourists like to hang around the Ojo de Agua Beach Club. The beach club offers rental of umbrella and chairs. Tourists can rent the nearby condos and beach houses during their visits.