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.

Located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Delfines is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers who can't get enough outdoor activities, people-watching, and waterside vendors may never want to leave Playa Delfines.

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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. On some days, it may be possible to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. 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 within a tourist hotspot, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Mexico. It's located near Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is among the popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions like Ruinas del Rey provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Playa Delfines, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Cancun's past, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, this shore is three quarters of a mile from this site of historical interest.

If a visit to the Playa Delfines isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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 --
Paradisus 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 --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 4.6 mi. N --
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 4.7 mi. NNE --

Cities and Towns

Playa Delfines guests hoping to find additional places to explore will want to think about heading over to Cancun, because it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the coast, Cancun is located roughly eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation area, it is not usually that difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. For those hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows 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
Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive 0.9 mi. N Resort
Crown Paradise Club Cancun (All-Inclusive) 0.9 mi. SSW Resort
Golden Crown Paradise Spa 0.9 mi. SSW Resort


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Cayo Largo. The restaurant serves delicious International food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the following table.

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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Delfines.

You may also want to try Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it 11 miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Ballenas is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located only a short distance away.

Another location you may want to try is Punta Nizuc, one of the many great Cancun beach sites.

There's plenty to see and do in Cancun, and Playa Delfines is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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