A Guide to Cancun’s Beaches

Are you a bit of a beach snob? We know we have a tendency to only go for the very best of beaches – anything less than perfect is simply not good enough. You’re going to be spending a lot of time there, so why would you settle for anything less than amazing?

Cancun is one of the best places out there for fine golden sands and gentle, azure waves, so if you’re thinking about jetting off to somewhere in Central America, make sure you don’t pass up a chance at the Yucatan Peninsula city.

Some of the most pristine and captivating beaches are listed below.

Good for the Soul – Tulum

Easily one of the best and cleanest beaches in Central America, never mind just Mexico, Tulum is somewhat secluded so it doesn’t attract a great deal of tourists. This is a positive rather than a negative however, as it means there’s all the more space for you to enjoy!

It’s a bit of a trek – it’ll take you about an hour and a half to get there from Cancun. It’s actually quite close to the Belize border, so you could hop over if you fancy adding another country to your itinerary.

Recently, the New York Times did a piece on the area, such is the respect it has earned. There are plenty of small hotels in the area; we would recommend booking when you get there, not beforehand.

Back to the Island – Isla Mujeres

The Isla Mujeres is a favourite of ours – you’ll find it mentioned in a number of our articles! If you hadn’t guessed from the “Isla”, Mujeres is an island, and it’s located just over 5 miles off the Cancun coast; you get there via ferry, in a laidback contrast to the always busy Cancun flights.

If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican experience, Mujeres is for you. The main stopping point is the town that sits on the Playa Norte (North Beach), which is so picturesque as to make you think you’re standing inside a postcard.

This is a great place for the whole family to come, and is pretty quirky too – because it’s so small, everyone gets around via golf carts!

Take to the Water – Playa Mujeres

You may be forgiven for confusing Playa Mujeres for the Isla, as their names are so similar, but mujeres simply means “women”. Thus, this is the beach of the women, whereas Isla is the island of the women. The Playa is just north of the city, the opposite direction to where your average traveller would be headed. This means it’s nice and quiet.

The coastline is pristine, resplendent in the gold and sapphire of the sands and the waters respectively. If you stay here, you won’t have to stray far from the hotel – fishing, snorkelling and sunbathing are all right on the doorstep.

It’s not cheap though; this is a destination for those who crave luxury. The hotels are decked out with marble flooring and Jacuzzis for each suite! It’s truly an upmarket taste of Mexico; great for those with the money!