A massive stretch of soft white sand calls you to the Caribbean at Cancún’s largest public beach, a quiet spot amid Hotel Zone resorts. The waves can be a bit rougher than elsewhere, so it may not be great for swimming, but the strand is one of the city’s few surfing spots. Playa Delfines also goes by the name El Mirador, thanks to its spacious hilltop deck overlooking the ocean and hotel skyline and its large, colorful “Cancún” sign that’s perfect for photo ops. Among the other welcome amenities: restrooms, a playground, small shady palapas, and an outdoor gym.
In English, "Playa Delfines" means "Dolphin Beach," and the name isn't just whimsical; on a good day, visitors to Playa Delfines can actually see dolphins. The best view is from the beach's "mirador," or lookout platform. This white-sand beach has thatched palapas and umbrella rentals, lifeguards, and restroom facilities. It is easily reached by taxi, which is preferable to your own car, due to limited parking.