Punta Nizuc

Punta Nizuc is perhaps the least popular of all the beaches in Cancun, but vacationers who don't know better and overlook this beach are missing out. The underwater view is one of the best in the area, so snorkeling and diving is a favorite pastime. On stormy days the waves can be fierce, but otherwise you should experience a calm and welcoming sea.

Located toward the southern outskirts of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Punta Nizuc is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying very close. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Punta Nizuc offers that middle ground. It's a spot which rarely gets too crowded, but it's still a popular and generally active spot.

How to Access The Beach

Punta Nizuc is located just in front of Club Med off Kukulcan Boulevard.

Amenities and Ambiance

Punta Nizuc is slightly rocky, but still covered in a blend of white and tan colored sand. The waters are shallow and warm, and known for their marine life and underwater habitat. A main draw of this beach is the underwater statue called "The Garden of Hope."

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since Punta Nizuc happens to be located inside a hot tourist destination, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Punta Nizuc is on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as Ruinas del Rey, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Museo Arqueológico de Cancún. It's not far from the shores at Punta Nizuc, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Punta Nizuc
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Ruinas del Rey Historical Site 1.9 mi. N --
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 2.2 mi. N --
Atlantida at Parque Nizuc Dolphin Encounter Service 2.3 mi. W --
Wet'n Wild Amusement/Theme Park 2.3 mi. W --
Riviera Cancun Golf Golf Course 3.1 mi. WSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.2 mi. N --
Melia Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.6 mi. N --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 3.8 mi. N --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 4.9 mi. N --
Moon Palace Spa & Golf Club Golf Course 4.9 mi. SW --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 4.9 mi. N --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 5.5 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

It might be a bit of a trek to get there, but Cancun is the closest population center. although there are some smaller settlements closer to the beach.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not usually all that difficult to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For guests hoping to get a place that's near the water, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Punta Nizuc.

Accommodations near Punta Nizuc
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Westin Resort & Spa Cancun 0.4 mi. N Resort
The Westin Regina Resort Cancun 0.5 mi. N Resort
Sun Palace 0.9 mi. N Resort
Bel Air Collection 1.0 mi. N Resort
Royal Solaris Cancun 1.1 mi. N Resort
Solymar Beach Resort 1.4 mi. N Resort
Sens Del Mar - Formerly Grand Oasis Playa 1.5 mi. N Resort
Sens Del Mar 1.5 mi. N Hotel
GR Caribe Cancun 1.6 mi. N Resort
Golden Crown Paradise Spa 1.7 mi. N Resort


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Inizio. This restaurant has both Fusion and Mexican dishes on the menu.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Punta Nizuc
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Inizio (998) 848-7400 Fusion, Mexican Informal 0.3 mi. N
El Palmar Cancun (998) 848-7423 International Informal 0.4 mi. N
Sea & Stones (998) 848-7423 Mexican Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Sunset Bar (998) 848-7423 Eclectic Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Arrecifes (998) 848-7423 Contemporary Fine Dining 0.5 mi. N
Cancun Distillery (998) 885-1086 Contemporary, Mexican Informal -- --
Jc Captain -- -- -- 1.2 mi. N
JC Captain -- -- -- 1.2 mi. N
Harry's Prime Steakhouse And Raw Bar (998) 840-6550 International Fine Dining -- --
Hoya 19 Clubhouse -- -- -- 2.2 mi. N
Cayo Largo -- International -- 2.7 mi. N
Subway Cucumatz -- American Very Casual 2.9 mi. N

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Punta Nizuc.

You may also enjoy Playa Garrafon, one of the many great Cancun beach sites.

Maybe Punta Nizuc 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 find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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