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 should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. While there are certainly more secluded beaches in Cancun than Playa Delfines, it has the right combination of charm and personality to attract beachgoers.

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

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.

Be mindful that Playa Delfines's immediate surroundings are rather congested, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Museo Arqueológico de Cancún (one of the closest to Playa Delfines) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Cancun's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 1.0 mi. N --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 1.3 mi. N --
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 --
Riviera Cancun Golf Golf Course 4.9 mi. SW --

Cities and Towns

Playa Delfines guests looking for other interesting places to see will want to think about making the trip to Cancun, since it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From Playa Delfines, Cancun is a little ways off, maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is located in a fairly popular vacation area, it typically isn't very difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For guests hoping to find a place that's near the ocean, the table below shows the accommodations 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 Star Prestige 0.1 mi. SW Resort
Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive 0.2 mi. SW Resort
Royal Caribbean 0.2 mi. N Resort
Omni Cancun Resort & Villas 0.4 mi. N Resort
Oasis Cancun All-inclusive 0.6 mi. N Resort
Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive 0.9 mi. N Resort
Crown Paradise Club Cancun (All-Inclusive) 0.9 mi. SSW Resort
GR Caribe Cancun 1.0 mi. SSW Resort


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Captain's Cove. This restaurant has Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Delfines
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Captain's Cove 885-0016 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. N
Harry's Prime Steakhouse And Raw Bar (998) 840-6550 International Fine Dining -- --
Pizza Hut Itzaes -- Italian Very Casual 1.0 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
La Capilla Argentina Steakhouse (998) 881-2000 Argentenian Informal 1.2 mi. N
La Isla (998) 881-2000 International Very Casual 1.2 mi. N
Las Ventanas (998) 881-2000 Eclectic Very Casual 1.2 mi. N
Mikado Japanese Teppan Yaki (998) 881-2000 Japanese Informal 1.2 mi. N
Sasi Thai (998) 881-2092 Thai Informal 1.2 mi. N
Sedona Grill (998) 848-9648 Tex-Mex Informal 1.2 mi. N

Other Beaches

Mexico has many beaches, so if Playa Delfines doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You may also want to try Playa Paraiso, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located 11 miles to the north. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Ballenas is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it just a little ways away.

Another location you may want to try is Punta Nizuc, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun.

While Cancun has many alluring attractions, Playa Delfines is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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