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 might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Active travelers who find secluded beaches too calm and inactive won't have trouble fitting in at Playa Ballenas.

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.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. 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.

You should remember that the region in which Playa Ballenas is located is rather congested, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Caliente Casino, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're intrigued by Cancun's history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is just a walk or cab ride away.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 visitors hoping to find further attractions might think about making the trip to Cancun, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From Playa Ballenas, Cancun is a little ways off, maybe eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Ballenas will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Visitors hoping to find a place to stay near Playa Ballenas won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from close-by. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by perusing what's shown in the following table.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Cancun's specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest places to eat is Katsuya. This restaurant serves Japanese cuisine. They also specialize in sushi.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

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

Needless to say, Playa Ballenas isn't the only beach worth visitng in Mexico.

If the exciting vibe at Playa Ballenas is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider also visiting Playa Paraiso, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it nine and a half miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Marlin is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Punta Nizuc, one of the many great Cancun beach sites.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun; then again, taking a swim at Playa Ballenas is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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