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.

Situated in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Marlin is on the East edge of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. If you prefer to escape the buzz of the city, it's good to know that Cancun has plenty of secluded beaches. Then again, if you'd rather not visit an empty, untouched part of the coast, you're probably more likely to have fun at Playa Marlin, which is closer to all the action.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. 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 in an area commonly frequented by travelers, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Studio Dante, which is a few hundred yards to the south west.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Cancun, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is a half mile away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes 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

Playa Marlin visitors looking for a little additional excitement should think about going to Cancun, because it's close-by and is an especially active area of Cancun. From the shore, Cancun is found maybe seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Beach-goers trying to find a place to stay near the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. Find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's shown in the table that follows.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Tequilla Grill. This restaurant has Mexican food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Mexico, and Playa Marlin is just one option.

You might also enjoy Playa Paraiso, which is home to plenty of activity. 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 beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Punta Nizuc, another great Cancun beach site.

While Cancun has many alluring attractions, Playa Marlin is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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