Playa Linda

While visiting Playa Linda, you'll never be at a loss for things to do. There are all kinds of activities at this beach including excellent swimming conditions and great spots for watersports. One of the most popular beach sports in this area is surfing. The surfing zone is only a few yards from the beach, which is also a river mouth where crocodiles sun themselves on the shores, and you can also spot large turtles, water fowl and iguanas. But beware, the surf here is powerful, and can be dangerous for swimming.

Positioned in the northern part of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Linda is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will find that Playa Linda is a good choice for them. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach isn't far from the city's major hubs.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Linda is only a ten minute drive north from Ixtapacoarse on Kulkulkan Boulevard.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Linda is one of Cancun's most unique and fascinating beaches, with rounded rocks at the shoreline. This beach is usually full of interesting driftwood and excellent spots for beach exploration.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. This beach is one of the most popular sandy spots for locals. Buses make scheduled stops to this easy-access beach, and the fares are extremely cheap. Cruise ship patrons also dock on Playa Linda to visit coastal restaurants and shopping centers.

Since Playa Linda will be found in a hot tourist destination, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Playa Linda is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the East coast of Mexico. It is near some interesting sites like Teatro Cancun, which is located a few hundred yards to the east, and it is among the attractions in the vicinity.

History-focused attractions such as Iglesia de Cristo Rey are a nice compliment to the scenery of Playa Linda, and allow visitors to learn more about Cancun, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this coastline is located two and a half miles to the west-northwest of this historical destination.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Linda
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 0.2 mi. E --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 1.7 mi. E --
Bull Ring Sporting Event Venue 1.9 mi. W --
Dubai Palace Casino Slot Machine Arcade 2.1 mi. W --
Recorcholis Arcade Gambling Arcade 2.1 mi. W --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 2.2 mi. ESE --
Casino Palace Bingo Parlor 2.2 mi. W --
Iglesia de Cristo Rey Historical Site 2.6 mi. WNW --
Puerto Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 2.6 mi. NW --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 3.0 mi. SE --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 3.1 mi. SE --
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 3.2 mi. ESE --

Cities and Towns

Playa Linda is near Cancun, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Guests visiting Playa Linda who are looking for other interesting places to see will want to think about going to Cancun, which is nearby and is an especially active area of Cancun. From the shore, Cancun is a fairly short distance away, maybe four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you and your party are hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the options closest to Playa Linda.

Accommodations near Playa Linda
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caribbean Princess Resort 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Elan Resort And Spa All Inclusive 0.1 mi. E Resort
Ocean Spa Hotel 0.2 mi. N Resort
Barcelo Costa Cancun 0.2 mi. E Resort
Gran Caribe Real Resort and Suites 0.2 mi. E Resort
Aquamarina Beach Hotel 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Temptation Resort and Spa 0.2 mi. N Resort
Club Verano Beat Hotel 0.4 mi. N Hotel
Oasis Palm Beach 0.4 mi. E Resort
Hotel Be Live Palm Beach 0.4 mi. E Resort


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is La Bagueteria. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Playa Linda
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Bagueteria -- -- -- 0.1 mi. NE
Correo Espanol -- -- -- 0.1 mi. E
Rio Churrascaria -- -- -- 0.2 mi. N
Pearls Restaurant (998) 849-4606 Mexican Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Restaurante La Palapa (998) 849-4606 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Fat Tuesday -- -- -- 0.2 mi. E
Mexicano Bar -- -- -- 0.2 mi. E
Coco's Cozumel (529) 872-0241 American, Mexican -- 0.4 mi. N
The Cove -- -- -- 0.7 mi. E
Dolcimente Pompeii -- -- -- 1.0 mi. E
Cap't Charlies -- -- -- 1.0 mi. E
Playa Tortugas: Paradise -- -- -- 1.5 mi. E

Other Beaches

Mexico has several beautiful beaches, so Playa Linda is not your only option.

If the active mood at Playa Linda is what you're looking for, consider checking out Playa Paraiso, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located six and a half miles to the northeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Langosta is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Playa Garrafon, which is located six and a half miles to the northeast.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun, but taking a swim at Playa Linda is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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