Playa Norte

As the name indicates, Plaza Norte is located on Cancun's northern tip. Ranked on Trip Advisor's 2014 list of Best Beaches in the World, this relatively calm beach attracts an eclectic mix of visitors, from locals to excitable tourist and even families with young children. Whether you're looking for a place to swim, sunbathe, play, or enjoy a drink, Playa Norte has everything you could ask for in a beach.

Located on the northeastern part of Quintana Roo, Playa Norte is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want regardless of whether you are staying nearby. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula. While Playa Norte might be a little bit out of the way, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach
A sandy road lined with brush leads to the shore of Playa Norte.

Amenities and Ambiance

The powder-like sands of Playa Norte offer visitors a comfortable ground upon which to rest, enjoy a picnic, or spend the day sunbathing. The palm trees and thatch umbrellas provide shade when reprieve from the sun is needed, and the cool aquamarine waters are great for swimming even amongst those without much experience in the ocean.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. There are three hotel properties situated right on the beach, so hotel patrons often frequent these shores.

If you like coasts which offer those who visit a serene haven, then you may want to try Playa Norte; it is back in a more rural area of the region.

What's Nearby


Playa Norte is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Isla Mujeres Cemetery, which is one of the closest attractions.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Museo Arqueológico de Cancún (one of the closest to Playa Norte) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view the Yucatan Peninsula's traditions and culture.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Yucatan Peninsula's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Norte
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Isla Mujeres Cemetery Historical Site 5.2 SE Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 5.2 SE Isla Mujeres
Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.3 SE Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 5.4 SE Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 5.5 SE Isla Mujeres

Cities and Towns

Playa Norte is close to Isla Mujeres, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Playa Norte tourists hoping to find other interesting places to see might consider heading over to Isla Mujeres, since it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of the Yucatan Peninsula.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Norte will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Because the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation destination, it typically isn't very tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For those wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the closest accommodations to Playa Norte.

Accommodations near Playa Norte
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort 4.6 S -- Resort
La Amada Hotel 4.7 S -- Hotel
Na Balam Beach Hotel 5.1 SE Isla Mujeres Hotel


You might not find any places to eat surrounding this location, so you may choose to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Norte in Mexico.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Los Cocos, found five miles away. Others might prefer Playa Paraiso, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located eight miles to the southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa Pescador, located seven and a half miles away.

The Yucatan Peninsula has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by Playa Norte is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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