The Spectacular Playa Langosta Cancun: the Complete Guide [2023]

Playa Langosta is one of the most popular beaches in Cancun for many reasons. If you are looking for information about this beach, look no further because in this post I will tell you all about it.

I lived and worked in Cancun for more than 10 years and I still consider the Mexican Caribbean city my home where I return to from my travels.

Playa Langosta was one of the beaches I was going to every weekend for many reasons, the same reasons that made me want to write this post so that you can enjoy this beach fully.

  • It’s the best beach that is closest to Cancun downtown
  • It has a spacious parking space
  • The water is swimmable but not too shallow (only in some part)
  • They have recently added a snack bar/restaurant
  • there are many other things to do in the surrounding area

Therefore after highlighting the WHYs let’s dive into the HOWs you can make the best of your day in Playa Langosta, one of Cancun’s best beaches.

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Playa Langosta Aerial View

Where is Playa Langosta?

Playa Langosta is located at km 4.5 of Boulevard Kukulcan in Cancun Hotel Zone. If you have never been to Cancun you should know that the city is basical comprehensive of two areas, down town and the hotel zone separate by the spectacular Lagoon Nichupte.

The road that run along the Cancun Hotel Zone is called Boulevard Kukulcan and the addresses are marked by the km. So Playa Langosta, is at km 4.5 which means that is 4.5 KM from when the boulevard begins in Cancun Downtown.

This boulevard has a walking and bike path and locals and tourists alike love to jog or walk on it either early morning or late at night.

How to get to Playa Langosta?

Getting to Playa Langosta is very easy either by taxi, by bus or by car. Let’s see all those means of transportation one by one.

Getting to Playa Langosta by bus

Getting to Playa Langosta by bus is relatively easy because there are two busses that leave from Cancun Down Town and you can catch them at the roundabout. R1 and R2 are the bus routes and cost 13 MXN (about 1.3 USD)

There is a stop right in front of Playa Langosta. To go back to downtown is on the opposite side of the road.

Aerial view of Playa Langosta via drone.
Overview of Playa Langosta

Getting to Playa Langosta by taxi

Getting to Playa Langosta by taxi is easy as well. Nowadays you can call a taxi on the UBER app but only if you are downtown and there are no taxi stands nearby.

However you cannot use an UBER app or any taxis from downtown if you are leaving from the Hotel Zone, this is prohibited by some made-up law among taxis. Since taxi drivers are not taking this matter lightly it’s best to comply.

Getting to Playa Langosta by car

If you have a car rental in Cancun, it’s even better because you can go back and forth as you please and there is a parking lot right in front of the beach.

Parking in Playa Langosta

Parking in Playa Langosta is free (a tip to the guard may be appreciated) but it may get busy easily. In the worst-case scenario, you can just drive past Playa Langosta and make a U-turn, drive across the bridge where there’s the Isla Mujeres Ferry terminal by Xcaret.

There is a paid car park right there. Very convenient, and just a few minutes walk from Playa Langosta.

Rainbow in Playa Langosta
Rainbow in Playa Langosta

Things to do in Playa Langosta

Assuming that we are going to Playa Langosta to enjoy the beach and relax, there are still plenty of things to do on the beach and surrounding. Here are a few.

1. Relax on the Beach

Playa Langosta is a public beach and it’s huge, the first part on the right is in front of the Breathless hotel and where the water is super shallow. You cannot use the hotel facilities but you can lay out your towel close to the shore.

On the right side, in front of the Casa Maya hotel is where the water is a little deeper and more swimmable but also shallow enough for kids. If you want to use Casa Maya Hotel Facilities you can purchase their day pass.

In the middle, closer to the street they have open a snack bar so that you can enjoy a nice lunch there.

Kayaking at sunset in the Nichupte' Lagoon in front of Playa Langosta
Kayaking in the Nichupte’ Lagoon behind Playa Langosta

2. Take a Kayak tour in the Nichupte’ Lagoon

Right across the road are the departing points of an amazing kayak tour with Andres from Go Kayak Cancun. He organizes amazing kayaking tours in the Nichuptè Lagoon either at sunset or at sunrise. I went to both experiences and loved them.

You will paddle through the mangrove tunnels and if you go early morning you will have the chance to see a lot of wildlife.

3. Parque Acuatico Chaac

They have recently installed an aquatic park right there, mainly for kids, but also Adults can enjoy it. It’s located inside the hotel Casa Maya, right between Playa Langosta and Playa Pez Volador. They have different packages that you can purchase to have access to the beach and the aquatic park.

FUN FACT: Chaac means “rain” in the Mayan language.

Cancun drone view of Playa Langosta

Where to eat in Playa Langosta

There are plenty of restaurants for any taste and budget. El Pecesito is the new kiosk that they opened on the beach.

Otherwise, if you keep walking on the beach on your left, you will find some more other restaurants to choose from, among which La Palapa, or further north, after the bridge you will find the Sirenas Low Bar Seafood right by the pier.

Where to stay near Playa Langosta

If you want to stay right on this beach there are plenty of Hotel options for any budget. Here they are.

🏨 Casa Maya Hotel

Casa Maya hotel overview in Playa Langosta
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Casa Maya is probably the oldest hotel of all and the cheapest. If you are looking for a fancy stay in Cancun, this is probably not for you. However, this is a great option if you are traveling on a budget and yet stay on one of Cancun’s most swimmable beaches.

The studios come with a kitchenette while the junior suite with a full kitchen.

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🏨 Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa All Inclusive Adult Only

Breathless Hotel Hall
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Breathless is a luxury property that mainly caters to solo travelers. In fact, they organize group dinners and activities to help socialize in an elegant environment. The rooms are spacious and luxurious equipped with all the comfort.

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🏨 The Royal Cancun

The Royal Cancun hotel
The Royal Cancun Hotel Photo © Expedia

The Royal Cancun offers 1 2 and 3-bedroom apartments with all-inclusive options in a great location at a very reasonable price. Guests appreciate the food quality the spectacular beach and accessibility to public transportation.

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🏨 Grand Oasis Palm

Grand Oasis Playa Langosta Cancun
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Grand Oasis Palm is a great all-inclusive family hotel in Cancun. You will appreciate its Mexican style and families love the kid’s club with cooking lessons, a disco, and a games area with a Wii and Xbox. There is also a pool with a waterslide.

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Other Beaches near Playa Langosta

Playa Pez Volador

Playa Langosta is not the only beach in the area. Especially if you love walking you can reach other beaches along the coast. The one right beside Playa Langosta is Playa Pez Volador, which is right in front of the hotel Casa Maya, previously mentioned.

Playa Las Perlas

Playa Las Perlas is not so close but if you love walking you can reach it at about 2 miles away from Playa Langosta, on the way back to Cancun Downtown. Playa Las Perlas is not one of the best beaches as the water there is most of the time murky and still. Not the best for swimming.

However it offers a nice entry point if you like to walk on the beach. You can start there and end up at the Xcaret Ferry terminal, right before Playa Langosta, across the bridge.

Playa Linda

Playa Linda is right before the Xcaret ferry terminal and the bridge over the Nichupte’ Lagoon. It’s a nice beach but not very spacious.

The access to the water is shallow and great for swimming. However you will see boats coming in and out at a short distance, which is not ideal. You need to stay close to the shore for your safety.

Playa Langosta front view by drone
Playa Langosta Front View by drone

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Langosta Beach public?

Yes, Langosta Beach is a public beach and you don’t have to pay anything to access.

How far is it from Playa Langosta to Cancun?

Playa Langosta is located at about 4.5 Km from Cancun Down town, if you consider the beginning of the Kukulcan boulevard.

Can I swim with dolphins in Cancun?

We do not support swimming with dolphins or any animals that is kept in captivity. In our detailed post we explain why it’s a mean and selfish practice that damages those cute creatures. We also offer alternative way to see them.

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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