Playa Delfines

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Rough waves make swimming and some watersports too dangerous in this region, but there are still a number of beachside activities at the Playa Delfines for vacationers to enjoy. These rarely frequented sands are a great place for a game of beach volleyball or football.

Set in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Delfines is on the East edge of Mexico. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The beaches found throughout Cancun are usually fairly quiet, but at Playa Delfines your experience will be different.

How to Access The Beach

As Boulevard Kukulcán curved into a hill at Km 18 near Ruinas del Rey is where you will find Playa Delfines.

Amenities and Ambiance

The picturesque shores of the Playa Delfines are excellent for a myriad of beach activities. Located just south of Chacmool, this coastline features breathtaking views, cool island breezes, and spectacular sand dunes.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. If available, you could also try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

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. Although Playa Delfines is a public beach, this coastline is hardly ever crowded, making it the perfect getaway spot for an afternoon picnic or romantic walk. If you're looking for a private place to sunbathe, this is the right beach for your retreat.

Since Playa Delfines is found in a major tourist area, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Delfines is on the East coast of Mexico; the area hosts attractions such as Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, which is a half mile to the south west.

Historical attractions such as Ruinas del Rey offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Delfines, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun, without having to venture too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this coast is just a short taxi trip or walk away from this place of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Delfines
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 0.4 mi. SW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 0.6 mi. N --
Ruinas del Rey Historical Site 0.7 mi. SSW --
Melia Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 1.1 mi. N --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 1.3 mi. N --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 2.3 mi. NNE --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 2.4 mi. NNE --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 2.9 mi. N --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 3.0 mi. NNE --
Atlantida at Parque Nizuc Dolphin Encounter Service 3.9 mi. SW --
Wet'n Wild Amusement/Theme Park 4.0 mi. SW --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 4.6 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Playa Delfines who are seeking further attractions should think about making the trip to Cancun, which is in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Cancun. From Playa Delfines, Cancun is found maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Delfines will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a pretty touristed area, it usually isn't that tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For guests hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below lists the options closest to Playa Delfines.

Accommodations near Playa Delfines
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Golden Parnassus 0.1 mi. W Resort
The Royal Islander 0.1 mi. NNW Resort
Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive 0.2 mi. SW Resort
Royal Caribbean 0.2 mi. N Resort
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas 0.4 mi. N Resort
Oasis Cancun All-inclusive 0.6 mi. N Resort
El Pueblito Beach Hotel 0.8 mi. SSW Resort
Crown Paradise Club Cancun (All-Inclusive) 0.9 mi. SSW Resort
Golden Crown Paradise Spa 0.9 mi. SSW Resort
GR Caribe Cancun 1.0 mi. SSW Resort


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit an area restaurant, where you can dive into Cancun's specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Cayo Largo. The restaurant has International cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Playa Delfines
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cayo Largo -- International -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Subway Cucumatz -- American Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
McDonald's Cucumatz -- American Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Captain's Cove 885-0016 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. N
Hoya 19 Clubhouse -- -- -- 0.4 mi. SW
Harry's Prime Steakhouse And Raw Bar (998) 840-6550 International Fine Dining -- --
Laguna Grill -- -- -- 1.0 mi. N
Pizza Hut Itzaes -- Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. N
El Shrimp Bucket -- -- -- 1.1 mi. N
Bahia (998) 881-2000 International Very Casual 1.2 mi. N
Champions Restaurant Sports Bar (998) 881-2000 American Informal 1.2 mi. N
Gustino (998) 848-9649 Italian Fine Dining 1.2 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Mexico will have lots of options besides Playa Delfines.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Delfines is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider heading to Playa Paraiso, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located 11 miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Ballenas is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds. It is located only a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Punta Nizuc, another great beach choice in Cancun.

You may find that Playa Delfines is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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