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.

Set in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Marlin is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Many of the other beaches in Cancun are known for being quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Playa Marlin.

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 concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. If available, you could also get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

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. 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.

Keep in mind that Playa Marlin's location is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Marlin is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico; it will be near other attractions like Studio Dante, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Cancun, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is a half mile away.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Marlin
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Studio Dante Art Gallery 0.1 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 --
Paradisus 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 --
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 2.7 mi. NE --
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. SSW --
Ruinas del Rey Historical Site 3.2 mi. SSW --
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 3.3 mi. NW --

Cities and Towns

Playa Marlin is close to Cancun, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Those visiting Playa Marlin who are looking for a little additional excitement should consider making the trip to Cancun, which is not far away and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Cancun is a car ride off, about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not usually all that difficult to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. For those hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Playa Marlin.

Accommodations near Playa Marlin
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Villas Marlin 0.1 mi. SW Villa complex
Aloft Cancun 0.2 mi. SW Hotel
Occidental Tucancun 0.2 mi. SSW Resort
Live Aqua Cancun 0.3 mi. N Resort
Royal Sands 0.4 mi. SW Resort
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas Cancun 0.5 mi. N Villa complex
Suites Costa Blanca 0.5 mi. N Hotel
Park Royal Cancun 0.6 mi. N Resort
Melody Maker 0.7 mi. N Resort
Ritz-Carlton Cancun 0.8 mi. SSW Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Tequilla Grill is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has Mexican cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided 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
La Destileria (998) 885-1087 Contemporary, Mexican -- 0.1 mi. NW
Casa Maguey (735) 356-6920 -- -- 0.2 mi. SW
El Fish Fritanga (998) 840-6216 Mexican Very Casual 0.2 mi. NW
Cenacolo Cancun (998) 885-3603 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. SW
Burger King in Kukulcan Plaza -- American Very Casual 0.2 mi. SW
Ruth's Chris Kukulcan Plaza (998) 885-3301 Continental Fine Dining 0.2 mi. SW
Hooters Kukulcan Plaza (998) 176-8035 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. WSW
Starbucks La Isla -- American Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Tierra Market (998) 891-4200 Eclectic Very Casual 0.5 mi. N
Chili's`La Isla -- American, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.5 mi. N

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Mexico besides Playa Marlin worth visiting.

If the exciting vibe at Playa Marlin is what you're looking for, think about also visiting Playa Paraiso, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it eight and a half miles to the north. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Playa Ballenas is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located just a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Punta Nizuc, one of the many great Cancun beach sites.

Cancun has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Playa Marlin is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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