Playa Caracol

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Playa Caracol is located in the heart of Cancun's hotel zone, which is one of the most popular spots in Cancun. The central location of Playa Caracol makes this beach a hot spot with those vacationers who want to be close to it all. While visiting this beach, you'll be close to several fine restaurants as well as great shopping areas.

Positioned toward the northern outskirts of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Caracol is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will like this beach because of its urban location. In fact, Playa Caracol is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who prefer "city life" to the suburbs.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Caracol is located at the end of Boulevard Kukulkan.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Caracol's calm waters and gentle surf make for excellent snorkeling conditions, one of the many attributes that draw visitors to the beach. Others include blindingly white sand and turquoise water.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. Families flock to these shores because of the beach's flat seabeds, which make for easy swimming, especially for children.

Don't forget that the area right around Playa Caracol is a bustling area, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Museo Arqueológico de Cancún, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historical attractions like Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Caracol, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun, without venturing too far from the coast. Actually, this coast is just a quick cab ride or walk from this interesting historical site.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Caracol
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 0.2 mi. SSE --
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 0.4 mi. NE --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 0.9 mi. W --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 1.3 mi. W --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 1.8 mi. SW --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 1.9 mi. SW --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 2.4 mi. SSW --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 2.5 mi. SSW --
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 2.8 mi. W --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 3.6 mi. SSW --
Paradisus Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.8 mi. SSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 4.2 mi. SSW --

Cities and Towns

Playa Caracol is near Isla Mujeres, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Playa Caracol guests seeking some additional excitement should think about going to Isla Mujeres, because it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers looking for a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are lots of hotels to choose from close-by. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Playa Caracol
Hotel Distance Direction Type
NH Krystal Cancun 0.2 mi. NE Resort
Best Western Cancun Clipper Club 0.2 mi. NW Hotel
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun 0.2 mi. NNE Resort
Hyatt Regency Cancun 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Riu Cancun All Inclusive Hotel 0.4 mi. NNW Resort
Hyatt Ziva Cancun 0.4 mi. NE Resort
Mayafair Design Hotel 0.4 mi. NW Hotel
Riu Palace Las Americas 0.5 mi. NW Resort
Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun 0.5 mi. NW Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Burger King Forum. The restaurant has a menu featuring American food. Many guests rave about their hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is included in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Caracol
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Burger King Forum -- American Very Casual 0.0 mi. WSW
Playa Cabana Beach Club -- -- -- 0.0 mi. NNE
Caliente Sports Bar -- Sports bar -- 0.0 mi. WSW
Carlos 'N Charlie's Cancun (998) 883-4468 American, International, Mexican Informal 0.0 mi. WSW
Cambalache (998) 883-0897 Argentenian Informal 0.1 mi. SW
Chili's in the Forum -- American, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Hooters Cancun Center -- American Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNW
Hacienda El Mortero -- -- -- 0.1 mi. NNE
Xtabentun -- -- -- 0.1 mi. W
El Sombero -- -- -- 0.1 mi. WNW
Domino's Cancun Hotel Zone -- Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW
La Mansion -- Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Caracol in Mexico.

You may also like Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. It is located six miles to the north. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Playa Tortugas could be a good option for you. It is located just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Playa Garrafon, which is located five and a half miles to the north-northeast.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun, but visiting Playa Caracol or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Cancun even more memorable.


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