Playa Marlin

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Because the waters around the Playa Marlin beach tend to be rough, swimming can be difficult and even dangerous off these shores. But the same conditions that make it dangerous for swimmers make it ideal for watersports, particulary sail boarding and parasailing. Beachgoers will also find several bars and restaurants nearby.

Located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Marlin is on the East edge of Mexico. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Travelers who prefer walking over driving to their next destination will love how easy it is to access Playa Marlin. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

How to Access The Beach

Playa Marlin is located off Kulkulkan Boulevard, at the end of Tepen Road. Exiting off Kulkulkan, Tepen begins as a paved road, but quickly turns sandy as it leads you to the beach. Park along the sandy part of the road between two hotels.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Playa Marlin beach features such extensive white-sand shores that this spectacular stretch is almost never crowded. Located on Cancun's east coast, this beach has higher winds and larger waves than Mexico's northern side.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Playa Marlin is such a large beach that it's almost always possible to find a stretch that's not too crowded. Locate a spot that's just to your liking and enjoy some of that famous Caribbean sunshine.

Since Playa Marlin can be located in a relatively urbanized region, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico. Studio Dante is situated a few hundred yards to the south west, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Museo Arqueológico de Cancún. This museum is relatively near Playa Marlin, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Marlin
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Studio Dante Art Gallery 0.1 mi. SW --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 0.2 mi. SW --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 0.4 mi. N --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 0.5 mi. NNE --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 1.3 mi. SSW --
Melia Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 1.5 mi. SSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 1.9 mi. SSW --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 2.1 mi. N --
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 2.2 mi. NE --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 2.4 mi. N --
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 2.7 mi. NE --
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. SSW --

Cities and Towns

Playa Marlin visitors seeking other interesting places to see will want to consider checking out Cancun, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun. From the coast, Cancun is found maybe seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers looking to find a place to stay near the beach won't find it very tough, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those shown below.

Accommodations near Playa Marlin
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Aloft Cancun 0.2 mi. SW Hotel
Tucancun Beach Resort & Villas 0.2 mi. SSW Resort
Live Aqua Cancun 0.3 mi. N Resort
Casa Turquesa Boutique Hotel 0.3 mi. SW Resort
Royal Sands 0.4 mi. SW Resort
Suites Costa Blanca 0.5 mi. N Hotel
Park Royal Piramides Cancun 0.6 mi. N Resort
Melia Turquesa 0.7 mi. NNE Resort
ME Cancun Resort 0.7 mi. N Resort
Ritz-Carlton Cancun 0.8 mi. SSW Resort


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Tequilla Grill. The restaurant features Mexican food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Marlin
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Tequilla Grill (998) 872-8383 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Marakame Cafe (010) 887-0187 International Informal 0.1 mi. W
Chocolate City -- -- -- 0.1 mi. W
Jambalaya Cancun -- -- -- 0.1 mi. WSW
2.02 Sports Grill -- -- -- 0.1 mi. W
Rolandi House (998) 883-1817 International, Italian -- 0.1 mi. WNW
Pizzare -- Italian -- 0.1 mi. WSW
La Destileria (998) 885-1087 Contemporary, Mexican -- 0.1 mi. NW
Baskin Robbins Kukulcan Plaza -- -- -- 0.1 mi. SW
Haagen Dazs Kukulcan Plaza -- -- -- 0.1 mi. SW
Santos Mariscos (998) 840-6300 Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Casa Maguey -- -- -- 0.2 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Mexico, of course, and Playa Marlin is just one option.

You might also enjoy Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it eight and a half miles to the north. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Playa Ballenas. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Another option worth considering is Punta Nizuc, another favorite sun-spot in Cancun.

Cancun has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Playa Marlin is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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