Playa Delfines
Playa Delfines
4.5
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The dazzling waters, palapas (thatched huts), and phenomenal ocean views are some of the highlights at Playa Delfines. This is Cancun’s largest free public beach and is loved by travelers due to the gentle waves and clean waters. It’s also the only beach in the Hotel Zone without towering resorts in the vicinity and one of the rare few that offers free parking. Swing by in the morning to win a chance of spotting dolphins frolicking from the lookout platform. Or just admire the unobstructed vistas of the Caribbean Sea. Don’t miss the vibrant block-lettered Cancun sign at El Mirador, a popular photo spot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Hayley
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They close the bathroom/showers at 5pm!
    I was told that this was the only public beach in Cancun. It was nice and clean and we found a palapa. However, they closed the bathrooms and turned off the shower water exactly at 5pm, which was really unfortunate. I went end of April on a Monday.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Papayaved
    Cancun, Mexico442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best public beach in Cancun
    The best and cleanest public beach in Cancun. The beach has public sun shelters but there are also the biggest waves in Cancun. You can reach it by buses R1 or R2. There are El Rey Mayan ruins in the other side of the road
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • 12Travel_bug12
    London, United Kingdom103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great if you're not driving there.
    Lovely place to visit. Free umbrellas everywhere if you're lucky enough to get one. Good life guards. Only problem is you have to pay the scammers for the free parking lots or they'll key your car. We gave a guy 20 pesos when we arrived he complained it wasn't enough. Told him we'd pay when we left. Left him hanging as he couldn't run as fast as I can drive 🤣🤣🤣
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • R D
    Georgia Coast, Georgia58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    An absolutely gorgeous beach, with crystal blue waters and gentle rolling waves. We were there for seven hours. They have public restrooms, free umbrellas to sit underneath, and some vendors selling snacks and drinks on the beach later in the day. If you plan on getting an umbrella/shade be sure to get there earlier in the day (before 11). It is also a hopping spot for photos, we saw two quinceañera photoshoots happening while we were there. Parking is a crazy situation, so walk if you can or get there earlier so you can get a spot relatively close.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
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Nicole P
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was very windy and the sea was too wavey to swim in. It was 250 pesos to hire sunbeds and an umbrella but unfortunately we got scammed, the guy went off to get us change and sent someone else over giving us the wrong amount of change (he pocketed 50 pesos) so we couldn’t even dispute it as he didn’t understand us. The beach was clean but there are much nicer beaches that are less touristy elsewhere.
Written February 20, 2020
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BigC1977
San Antonio, TX92 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Arriving in our taxi, this beach looked gorgeous. Rows of shady palapas free to use and decently kept bathrooms open to all. (In Cancun, nothing is free.)

Once we ventured down to the sand, however, it was not very impressive. There were zero services for food or drink. Not even a vendor walking around selling cold drinks from a cooler or anything. Zip.

I asked the bathroom attendant where one could get snacks or a beer, and she said go back up to the street level and walk down the street to a convenience store.

The seaweed was so thick and the riptide so strong, you can’t really swim either - you just wade in and stand there. Mountains of seaweed as far down the beach as you can see.

I realize there’s not much anyone can do about the seaweed, but nevertheless it does detract from the experience. And like I said, no one was challenging the riptide that I could see, so everyone is packed within about 10 meters of the beach itself.

Please note also that certain sections of the bathroom facilities etc. are roped off due to ongoing construction and there is rubble and debris in those areas.

There is also one of those ubiquitous photo opp signs in big colorful letters: CANCUN, that everyone takes a photo next to for instagram. It does not matter when you go there, day or night, there is a line of 25 to 50 people waiting to take a photograph next to these letters. I do not understand the allure of this, but anytime we ever drove past this point there was a line down the sidewalk in the hot sun to take a photo next to these letters.

Ultimately, we paid $20 for the cab ride to the beach. We each wait it out and got wet in the waves and then sat under the Palapa and dried off. In total we were there less than a half an hour and pretty much got our fill. Then we paid another $20 to go back to our hotel to use the rooftop pool.

Pretty scenery but nothing else going for this place.
Written August 15, 2022
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Miguel R
Kuna, ID50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Acces to the beach easy by bus or car. The beach was beautiful but quite crowded for a Friday morning. The waves were quite fierce today ,red flags, no swimming today for me.
No restaurants around sobe sure to bring your own stuff. There are some vendors around that sell some food and drinks. The food is homemade stuff so you are not sure what you are getting. The drinks (beer, margaritas, etc...)usually watered down and cost around 7 dollars. Way too much.
Also of note, bathrooms close at 5 pm, so make sure you go before then
Written December 4, 2021
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Kristen
Boston, MA16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Not very crowded considering it's a public beach. There are fruit stands, palapas, and rinsing areas. The sand is very clean and I would highly recommend coming here if you don't feel like paying for a beach club. Grab a cooler with some food and snacks!
Written March 24, 2020
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honey_badger1888
United Kingdom719 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We were told this beach was the best in Cancun, but it's an ok beach, not a great one.

People could spend a bit of time here quite happily, but it's definitely not a paradise beach

The beach is ok and the water can be a bit choppy.

For far better beaches, head to Mujeres Island, 20mins away by ferry and costing pennies to reach.
Written March 16, 2022
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Rolando Pérez Martínez
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This place is for lovers of calm, it has a tropical climate where you can enjoy it, it has excellent services. You can relax in the shade of one of the many parasols. When you arrive at Playa de los Delfines you can see that its services are free, there is even a beach for children, I recommend this place because it is amazing how the dolphins are well trained and very beautiful. What makes it really look like an unforgettable experience is its surroundings, since it has a spectacular country ideal for resting.
Written June 9, 2022
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12Travel_bug12
London, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely place to visit. Free umbrellas everywhere if you're lucky enough to get one. Good life guards.

Only problem is you have to pay the scammers for the free parking lots or they'll key your car. We gave a guy 20 pesos when we arrived he complained it wasn't enough. Told him we'd pay when we left.

Left him hanging as he couldn't run as fast as I can drive 🤣🤣🤣
Written October 1, 2023
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is one of the few publically accessible beaches in Cancun.

We reached it via taxi from our hotel at a significant cost.

The beach itself was nice but unfortunately like a lot of Cancun beaches at the moment it was covered in seaweed so not nice to swim in.

We decided to walk up the beach from this entry point and this was a big mistake. I didnt think it was possible to do but they have actually developed resorts in such a way along the beach that you are unable to exit the beach back to the main road. We walked for about 2km before we were able to find a resort in which we could traverse back to the main road (Where we got a bus outwards). Most resorts have heavy security so it is not easy to do.

Overall this beach was OK but not worth the significant effort of getting to.
Written September 2, 2022
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Ma290Mo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Most stunning and widest stretch of the beach in Cancun. Ideal for relaxing after a long day of tourism around the city. It's waters are the bluest ever, perfect temperature, and not too wavy. It's white sand goes as far as the eyes can carry, and it's not too hot as usually you would expect in very sunny places. The beach is very clean, and great for all ages. Saw many people doing kite surf, canoeing, and jet skiing. Swimming is perfect and no need to worry about little ones as the water level barely reaches higher than your (adult's) knees. There are safeguards running up and down the beach throughout all day. I couldn't see vendors of water and food, but there were public toilets available - with showers. It's easier to reach this beach by car, but a very convenient bus stop is right on the sidewalk. It's a perfect spot for photos. Take your camera!!
Written March 3, 2020
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Vianey M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It is a very beautiful beach from the outside that you must visit when you go to Cancun with your family or friends, the color of the sea is incredible contrasting with the white sand, it is a very crowded beach since the Cancun sign is found and everyone comes to drink a beautiful photo. This beach is public and has parking and surveillance, as well as bathroom services and tables to sit and enjoy the view, as well as being quite safe and it is located 20 minutes from downtown Cancun or 10 minutes from the hotel zone. It is a good beach to visit on vacation
Written June 2, 2022
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