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 want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will like how easy it is to reach Playa Marlin. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and is located in a pretty major tourist area.

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. Sometimes, visitors will be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. 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 happens to be found inside an active, busy area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Set on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as Studio Dante, which is a few hundred yards to the south west.

Historical attractions such as Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Marlin, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, you'll find this spot just a walk or cab ride from this site of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 --
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 --
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

Tourists at Playa Marlin who are looking for other opportunities for exploration might want to consider heading over to Cancun, since it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Cancun. From the shore, Cancun is located roughly seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those hoping to find a hotel room near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the vicinity. Find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over what's 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
ME Cancun Resort 0.7 mi. N Resort
Ritz-Carlton Cancun 0.8 mi. SSW Resort
Avalon Grand Cancun 0.8 mi. NNE Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. Tequilla Grill is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed 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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Mexico besides Playa Marlin.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Paraiso, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located eight and a half miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Playa Ballenas. It is located just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Punta Nizuc, which is an additional nearby Cancun destination.

Maybe Playa Marlin is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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