Playa Delfines in Cancun: The Complete Guide

Planning on visiting Playa Delfines Cancun? Then you have landed in the right place. Playa Delfines is one of the most spectacular, and therefore popular beaches in Cancun, and in this post, I will tell you all about it.

I live in Cancun and I used to go to Playa Delfines almost every morning before office hours, to take a surfing class or train.

Well, I never learned how to surf but I had an amazing time and watched spectacular sunrises.

One of the most appealing aspects of Playa Delfines is its pristine white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters, making it an ideal destination for beach lovers seeking a tranquil and picturesque location.

But there are a few things that you should know. Let’s dive into the details, then.

View of Playa Delfines.
Playa Delfines turquoise waters

Where is Playa Delfines Cancun

Playa Delfines, also known as Dolphin Beach, is situated in the Hotel Zone, at kilometer 20, and is easily accessible by public transportation or bus.

Playa Delfines Map

Playa Delfines Cancun
Photo © Google Maps – Click on the Image to Open Google Maps

How to Get to Playa Delfines from Cancun Downtown

There are several ways to reach Playa Delfines from Cancun Downtown:

Get to Playa Delfines By Car

You can absolutely rent a car in Cancun and drive around at your own pace, which is my favorite way to do it. Take Boulevard Kukulcan (the main road in the Hotel Zone) and head to Kilometer 20. There is ample parking available at the beach.

My favorite place to find a convenient car rental is Discover Cars where you can compare prices and pick the best deal.

Get to Playa Delfines By Bus

Using a public bus to get to Playa Delfines is also an option. Take the R1 or R2 buses (marked “Zona Hotelera”) and get off at the Playa Delfines stop. Buses run frequently along Boulevard Kukulcan.

You will get off on the other side of the road, make sure you look both sides before crossing and be very careful because on that road cars are traveling at a high speed.

From Playa Delfines to Cancun, the bus will be right in front of the beach on your side of the road.

R1 and R2 run very frequently all day and night, but I would suggest avoiding the beach at night unless is right in front of your hotel and with a security guard on duty.

Cancun is safe for tourists, but you should also avoid risky situations.

Get to Playa Delfines By Taxi

Taxis are available in Cancun and can drop you off directly at Playa Delfines. Keep in mind that if you catch a taxi in the hotel zone prices will be astronomically expensive compared to a taxi caught in Downtown Cancun.

Also if you catch a taxi in downtown Cancun, he can take you to Playa Delfines but he is not allowed to pick you up and take you back because this is the territory of the Hotel Zone Taxis. These seem like weird rules, but are unwritten rules and those who don’t abide may incur unpleasant accidents.

Get to Playa Delfines By Uber

Yes, you can get to Playa Delfines by Uber, but you can’t call an Uber from Playa Delfines, for the same reason mentioned above about Taxis. Uber in Cancun is available now but with certain conditions. Feel free to read my article for more details.

Playa Delfines turqouise water

How to get to Playa Delfines from Cancun airport

If you are coming straight from the Airport to Dolphin Beach you also have different transportation options.

Airport Private Shuttle

This is the best and fastest hassle-free way to get from Cancun to Dolphin Beach. I use Cancun Airport Transportation Service and they are great. Professional staff, comfortable vans, and always on time.

cancun airport transportation suv
Photo ©  Cancun Airport Transportation Service

By Car

If your intention is to drive around Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula, then renting a car is the best option as it saves money and time, while you can visit all the top destinations at your own pace. I love driving in Cancun and the surroundings and making my own schedule.

Check out Discover Cars platform for the best deals.

By Bus

Getting the public bus from the Airport to dolphin beach is a bit more complicated and time-consuming. You will need to take the ADO bus from the airport to the Cancun DownTown Ado Bus terminal. From there you will have to get to the Avenida Kukulcan, which is about a 10-minute walk, and get R1 or R2 from there.

Keep in mind that Cancun Airport is closer to Dolphin Beach than Cancun Bus Terminal, and also the opposite way, so this option, will make you waste a lot of precious time.

By Taxi

This could be another option but taxis at the airport are outrageously expensive so it would be cheaper with the Cancun Airport Transportation Service.

How to get to Playa Delfines from Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is located 40 miles south of Cancun Dolphin Beach. To get there the above-mentioned options from the Airport also apply. Renting a car remains the most convenient way to get to Dolphin Beach.

Things to Do in Playa Delfines

1. Enjoy the Beach

Playa Delfines is renowned for its breathtaking beach with soft, powdery sand and inviting waters. Spend a relaxing day under the sun, swim in the Caribbean Sea, or simply stroll along the shoreline while taking in the stunning surroundings.

Yes, you can rent beach lounges and sunshades. Since the prices may vary, you should ask the local vendors for more precise and up-to-date information.

2. Take Surfing Lessons

If you’re seeking a bit of adventure, Playa Delfines offers an excellent opportunity to learn how to surf.

It’s the spot of AMS CANCUN founded in 1997 by David Jamaican, a passionate surfer, and instructor, with a vision to bring the joy and excitement of surfing to the pristine beaches of Cancun.

Contact Jamaica (That’s how everybody calls him for the details. Or you can just show up at his Surf shop, which is close to the lookout point by the showers and toilets.

Cancun Playa Delfines Mirador
Playa Delfines Mirador – Cancun

3. Enjoy the Views from the Mirador

Playa Delfines boasts an iconic Mirador (lookout point) that offers a panoramic view of the beach and the Caribbean Sea. This elevated spot is perfect for capturing stunning photographs, especially during sunrise and sunset.

4. Take a Picture by the Cancun Colorful Sign

An emblematic feature of Playa Delfines is the colorful “Cancun” sign located near the beach. It’s a popular spot for taking photographs, and visitors often pose in front of vibrant letters to create lasting memories of their trip.

Cancun Sign in Playa Delfines

5. Take a stroll on the beach

Beyond sunbathing and swimming, taking a leisurely stroll along Playa Delfines allows you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

6. Snorkel by Punta Nizuc

Not many people know that there is a great snorkeling spot in Cancun, right at the end of the Cancun beach in front of the Club Med Hotel. You can easily walk there from Playa Delfines which is the closest public beach entrance.

Snorkeling along the rocks at the end of the sandy beach you can see some interesting marine life underwater.

Also there the water is usually calm with less current.

If you go in the evening in August you may also see baby turtles while they are released from the hotels safety guards, along the coast near Playa Delfines.

PUnta nizuc drone view
Punta Nizuc Drone View

Things to do near Playa Delfines

7. Visit El Rey Archaeological Site

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the nearby El Rey Archaeological Site is a must. Located just a short distance from Playa Delfines, this ancient Mayan ruin site showcases well-preserved structures and provides insight into the region’s fascinating history.

El Rey Archeological site
El Rey Archeological site

8. Cancun Maya Museum

Learn more about the rich history and culture of the region at the Cancun Maya Museum. The museum displays an impressive collection of Mayan artifacts and archaeological finds.

The museum is located at 5 minute’s drive or 20-minute walk on the Boulevard Kukulkan (Google Map)

9. Visit Plaza La Isla

Plaza La Isla Cancun is a vibrant and upscale shopping center located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. With its beautiful waterfront setting, the plaza offers a mix of luxury boutiques, restaurants, entertainment options, and stunning views of Nichupte Lagoon, especially at sunset.

Canal in Plaza La Isla under a clear sky.
Plaza La Isla

Restaurants near Playa Delfines

In playa delfines, there are no restaurants, but you may find some beach vendors. I wouldn’t trust them, to be honest, not only for the doubtful hygienic condition in which the food was prepared but also for the strong heat that is not ideal to conserve its freshness.

But worry not, here are a few restaurants within walking distance from the beach.


Elegant lounge and restaurant right on the lagoon, perfect for an elegant dinner (1.9 KM from the Beach)


Fast food – good for a quick sandwich for the beach.

El Galeon Del Caribe

Affordable Mexican restaurant on the Nichupte’ Lagoon.

Read about more restaurants in Cancun Hotel Zone.

Aerial view of Cancun Hotel Zone and Nichupte Lagoon.
Cancun Hotel Zone Beach

What hotels are on Playa Delfines?

There are no hotels on Playa Delfines as it’s a public beach. However, there are many hotels nearby. We will mention the closest ones

Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Previously known as Great Parnassus, Seadust Cancun Family Resort is a renovated modern all-inclusive beachfront resort located right beside Dolphin Beach, offering a family-friendly environment with various amenities and activities for guests of all ages.

The resort features comfortable accommodations, multiple dining options, swimming pools, beach activities, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

Royal Uno All-Inclusive Resort & Spa

This luxury resort offers recently renovated facilities and a great culinary choice of buffet and a la cart restaurant. Make sure you book your table in advance to find your spot.

Crown Paradise Resort and Spa

The property has been there for a while and it’s still thriving. Guests appreciate the exceptional kids club and the professional staff.

Playa Delfines
Playa Delfines Palapa

What Facilities Are Available in Playa Delfines

Playa Delfines is a well-maintained public beach that offers various facilities to enhance your experience:

  • Restrooms and Showers: There are clean restroom facilities and outdoor showers available for public use.
  • Palapas and Umbrellas: Several palapas (thatched-roof shelters) and umbrellas are scattered across the beach, providing shade during the hot hours of the day. Mind the palapas are free but the availability is limited. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available at a cost.
  • Food and Drink: See the restaurant section above.
  • Lifeguards: Playa Delfines has designated lifeguard stations to ensure the safety of beachgoers.
  • Rental Equipment: Beach chairs, umbrellas, and surfboard are available for rent.
Playa Delfines Cancun
Playa delfines Cancun

What to Bring to Playa Delfines

To make the most of your visit to Playa Delfines, consider bringing the following items:

🌞 Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the strong sun rays by applying sunscreen regularly.

😎 Hat and Sunglasses: Bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes from the sun.

👙 Swimwear: Don’t forget your swimsuit to take a dip in the inviting waters.

🚿 Towel: Bring a beach towel to dry off after swimming or lounging on the beach.

💧 Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated by bringing your own water bottles and pack some light snacks.

💸 Cash: While some vendors may accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for small purchases or beach rentals.

📸 Camera or Smartphone: Capture the beautiful moments and scenery at Playa Delfines. Just make sure you keep it with you.

🗑️ Trash Bag: Help keep the beach clean by bringing a small trash bag to collect your garbage.

With this complete guide to Playa Delfines in Cancun, you’re well-prepared to enjoy a memorable and relaxing beach experience while exploring the natural beauty and attractions this stunning location has to offer. Have a wonderful time!

Oh wait, there´s more! Keep reading…

Cancun Playa Delfines
Playa delfines Life Guard post

Playa Delfines: FAQ

What is Playa Delfines known for?

Playa Delfines is known for its stunning beauty, with its pristine white sands and clear turquoise waters that showcase the natural splendor of the Mexican Caribbean. The beach offers breathtaking views and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists to relax, swim, and enjoy various water activities. Additionally, the iconic “Cancun” sign and the Mirador add to the beach’s charm, making it a favorite spot for capturing memorable photographs.

How much does it cost to go to Playa Delfines in Cancun?

Playa Delfines is a public beach, and there is no entrance fee or admission cost to access the beach area. It is freely accessible to everyone, making it an excellent option for budget travelers and those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Cancun without any additional charges

Can You See Dolphins from Dolphin Beach?

Despite its name “Playa Delfines,” which translates to “Dolphin Beach,” it is not a location where dolphins are commonly seen swimming in the wild.

The name likely originated from the dolphins that were occasionally spotted in the waters nearby many years ago.

While dolphins may still be seen offshore on rare occasions, it is not guaranteed, and visitors should not expect to see dolphins at Playa Delfines during their visit.

We also recommend you avoid places to swim with dolphins where they are kept in captivity, please. Read the post to understand why.

What is a fun fact about Playa Delfines?

A fun fact about Playa Delfines is that it is one of the few beaches in Cancun where you can often witness spectacular sunsets over the Caribbean Sea.

The western orientation of the beach allows visitors to enjoy picturesque sunsets, creating a romantic and awe-inspiring atmosphere.

Do you have to pay to go to Playa Delfines?

No, you do not have to pay to go to Playa Delfines. As mentioned earlier, Playa Delfines is a public beach, and there is no entrance fee or admission cost.

It is open to the public, making it an accessible and popular destination for beachgoers in Cancun. Visitors can freely enjoy the beach, swim in the sea, and take advantage of the various facilities available without any charge.

About the Author

Hey there! This is Isabella, the owner, and writer of this site. I have been living in Cancun for the past 12 years and although I have been roaming around Mexico, Cancun’s spectacular turquoise waters and pristine beach draw me back to this popular Mexican beach destination. That is why I decided to start this blog, to show you all the beauty you can find in Cancun and share helpful travel tips to help you plan a fabulous vacation in Cancun!

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