Playa Ballenas

The waters off of the Playa Ballenas are sometimes rough, which make them less than ideal for swimming but beachgoers can enjoy outdoor activities like parasailing, tubing, and volleyball. Of course, more leisurely pursuits such as sunbathing are also encouraged and can be a great way to rest up between adventures.

Located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Ballenas is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that most of Cancun's beaches are quite calm and serene. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're better off trying a beach like Playa Ballenas, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
After exiting Blvrd Kukulkan onto Reforno del Ray, the road splits into two strips. Stick to the right and it will lead you right to the shore of Playa Ballenas where you can park along the street.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Playa Ballenas is a Caribbean dream come true, a place where all the gorgeous aspects that characterize this region come together for one amazing beach experience. Sprawled in front of some Cancun's most luxurious hotels, this beach boasts some of the most beautiful crystalline waters in the region, and is known for its breathtaking views.

There is also a snack bar here. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Many different hotels can be found in the area but their guests all have one thing in common - the Playa Ballenas beach. Expect to encounter a lively assortment of beachgoers from all walks of life.

Remember to take into account that Playa Ballenas's immediate surroundings are a popular spot, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Caliente Casino, which is one of the closest attractions.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Museo Arqueológico de Cancún (one of the closest to Playa Ballenas) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Cancun's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Ballenas
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 0.3 mi. SW --
Paradisus Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 0.5 mi. SSW --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 0.8 mi. N --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 0.9 mi. N --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 0.9 mi. SSW --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 1.4 mi. N --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 1.5 mi. NNE --
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 2.0 mi. SSW --
Ruinas del Rey Historical Site 2.2 mi. SSW --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 3.0 mi. N --
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 3.1 mi. NNE --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 3.3 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

Playa Ballenas is in the Cancun area, so walking the city is a definite option. Guests visiting Playa Ballenas who are hoping to find some additional excitement will want to consider making the trip to Cancun, since it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the coast, Cancun is a car ride off, about eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not usually all that tough to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. If you and your party are wanting to get a place that's near the ocean, the table below shows the closest accommodation options to Playa Ballenas.

Accommodations near Playa Ballenas
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa 0.1 mi. NW Resort
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun 0.1 mi. WSW Hotel
Great Parnassus Resort And Spa 0.1 mi. N Resort
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa 0.2 mi. SW Resort
Ritz-Carlton Cancun 0.2 mi. N Resort
CasaMagna Marriott Resort Cancun 0.3 mi. SW Resort
Paradisus Cancun Resort 0.5 mi. SSW Resort
Royal Sands 0.6 mi. N Resort
Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive 0.7 mi. SSW Resort
Casa Turquesa Boutique Hotel 0.7 mi. N Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Katsuya. This restaurant has Japanese cuisine. They are also known for serving sushi.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Playa Ballenas
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Katsuya (998) 840-6014 Japanese -- -- --
Hard Rock Cafe Cancun (998) 881-8120 International Informal -- --
Bubba Gump Shrimp Cancun (998) 885-3010 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Casitas (998) 881-0808 Fusion, Spanish Informal 0.2 mi. N
El Café Mexicano (998) 881-0808 Mexican Informal 0.2 mi. N
Fantino (998) 881-0808 Mediterranean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. N
Sushi & Ceviche Bar (998) 881-0808 Japanese Informal 0.2 mi. N
The Caribe Bar and Grill (998) 881-0808 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. N
The Club Grill (998) 881-0808 Contemporary, Continental Fine Dining 0.2 mi. N
Harry's (998) 840-6551 International Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NW
Puerto Madero Cancun (998) 885-2829 Argentenian Informal 0.2 mi. NNW
Grill Catorce (14) -- -- -- 0.3 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Mexico has several beautiful beaches, and Playa Ballenas is just one option.

If the active mood at Playa Ballenas is what you're looking for, think about heading to Playa Paraiso, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located nine and a half miles to the north. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Marlin is a location removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Punta Nizuc, one of the many great Cancun beach sites.

Playa Ballenas could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Cancun you might like.


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