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Playa Langosta (Lobster Beach)
The calm waters and designated swimming area make this Cancún's most child-friendly beach. Facing Bahía de Mujeres at the top of the "7," this stretch of sand is protected from high winds and is less crowded than those on the Caribbean side. Families can take a break from the sun and head to the neighboring ice-cream shop or Dolphin Discovery Center.
Playa Tortugas (Turtle Beach)
Snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, swimming—this beach is an aquatic playground for active travelers. The deep waters and wide sandbanks also make it an ideal launching point for paragliding and Jet Skiing. If water sports aren't your thing, buy a blow-up raft from one of the beach vendors and float the day away. There are also plenty of snack shops to keep your tummy happy.
Playa Gaviota Azul (Blue Seagull Beach)
As the northernmost beach on the Caribbean side, the waves here pick up wind swell, making it one of the few spots in Cancún where surfing is possible. During hurricane season the waves can reach up to 6 feet, while at other times of year the waters are great for a playful day in the surf. Adding to the lure of this beach is its proximity to shops, restaurants, and Playa Cabana Beach Club, where you can rent a beach bed and eat fresh sushi.
Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach)
This beach is easy to find, since it's the only one that has yet to be blocked by resorts. (It's also the only beach in Cancún with its own parking lot.) The white sand and four shades of turquoise often bring cars to a halt on Boulevard Kukulcán. Families and locals are drawn to the wide-open stretch of sand, where kites and beach supplies are sold. The strong currents and high winds make this a better place to catch some rays than snorkel or swim.
Playa Punta Nizuc
Located at the southern tip of Boulevard Kukulcán, this beach is so secluded that you may think you're on a deserted island. Since there are no amenities, few travelers visit this stretch of pristine coastline. The water is placid, and the beaches are well manicured by the neighboring Club Med. Parking, crowds, and noise are never an issue, and it's most likely the only beach in Cancún you'll have entirely to yourself.
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