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 whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Active couples and families who enjoy immersing themselves in the city's busy thoroughfares won't regret their visit to 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.

There is also a concession stand available. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. 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.

Since Playa Ballenas happens to be located within an active, busy area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Ballenas is on the East coast of Mexico. It is near Caliente Casino, which is one of a number of attractions close-by.

If you're intrigued by Cancun's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is a mile and a half to the north-northeast.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Ballenas
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 0.3 mi. SW --
Melia 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 very close to Cancun, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Playa Ballenas visitors seeking some additional excitement might want to think about going to Cancun, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun. From the coast, Cancun isn't out of reach at eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers seeking a place to stay near the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from nearby. Find the closest, most convenient booking options by perusing those 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
Gran Melia Cancun 0.5 mi. SSW Resort
Royal Sands 0.6 mi. N Resort
Casa Turquesa Boutique Hotel 0.7 mi. N Resort
Tucancun Beach Resort & Villas 0.8 mi. NNE Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Katsuya. The restaurant serves delicious Japanese food. They're also renowned for their sushi.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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
Chocolate City Cancun (998) 840-6496 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Puerto Madero Cancun (998) 885-2829 Argentenian Informal 0.2 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Playa Ballenas doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it nine and a half miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might find what you want at Playa Marlin. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You may also enjoy Punta Nizuc, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun.

Cancun has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Playa Ballenas is just one of the many options.


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