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.

Set on the northern outskirts of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Linda is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying nearby. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that many of Cancun's beaches are quiet and undisturbed. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're better suited for one of the few lively beaches, like Playa Linda.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Playa Linda is the ultimate convenience. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

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 is of course found inside a popular area that can get crowded, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Teatro Cancun, which is a few hundred yards away.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Cancun, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the nearest historical attractions is Iglesia de Cristo Rey, which is two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Guests visiting Playa Linda who are hoping to find other interesting places to see should think about heading to Cancun, because it's nearby and is an especially active area of Cancun. From the coast, Cancun is not far away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay close to Playa Linda won't have a tough time, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from nearby. Find the closest booking options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

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 you visit the beach around lunchtime you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. La Bagueteria is one of the closest eateries. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining 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

Playa Linda is just one of many beaches you can visit in Mexico.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it six and a half miles to the northeast. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Playa Langosta could be a good option for you. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Playa Garrafon, which is located six and a half miles away.

Cancun offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by Playa Linda is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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