A Picture-Perfect Cancun Vacation: These Resorts Boast the Dreamiest Beaches

Everyone knows that Cancun is one of the top vacation destinations in the world, mainly due to its 14 miles of white sand beaches and turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. When planning a Cancun beach vacation it's important to remember that all of the resorts' beaches are not created equal. If you take a look at a map, Cancun is shaped like the number "7". The resorts that are located on the top of the 7 feature beaches that have calmer waters as they are protected from the open ocean because they face Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). These beaches are nice for families with small children.

On the side of the 7 is where you'll find the resorts that offer the best beaches in Cancun. These beaches are wide and face the open, clear, aqua blue Caribbean Sea. Most resorts do have lifeguards on the beach and visitors should always swim with caution and pay attention to the beach flags, which indicate ocean conditions. The undertow in this part of the Hotel Zone can be very strong.

Some of the best beach hotels in Cancun that are located on the side of the 7 are the Westin Lagunamar, Le Blanc, the JW Marriott, the Ritz-Carlton, Live Aqua, the Beach Palace, Club Med, the Oasis Grand, Iberostar Cancun and the Royal Sunset. It is important to do research, because there are also a few hotels on the side of the 7 that do not have a nice beach.

Formerly Hilton Cancun, this recently-remodeled, luxury, all-inclusive resort has a huge, gorgeous pool area with many shallow areas that are perfect for small children to splash around in. Beach beds, umbrellas and palm trees provide plenty of...  Read More

The Oasis Grand is located at kilometer 16.5 of Kukulcan Boulevard and sits on a wide dreamy white sand beach. One word comes to mind here: party! This hip all-inclusive resort hosts concerts, festivals, shows and themed parties. The music is...  Read More

This 376-room, all-inclusive, beachfront resort is made up of a series of low-rise buildings. Guest rooms and suites have views of either the Caribbean Sea, Nichupte lagoon, or lush, tropical gardens. Standard guest rooms, which accommodate up...  Read More

This all-inclusive family resort is located on a premium stretch of white sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone and is within walking distance of La Isla shopping mall. The Sky Floor which has two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two whirlpools, a...  Read More

This impeccable resort is an all-inclusive property that is exclusively for adults. Live Aqua is situated on one of Cancun's best beaches and is within walking distance of the area's nicest shopping malls. The hotel's pool area is large and...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

This elegant beachfront resort is one of Cancun's finest hotels and it has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award each year, for more than two decades. Ritz-Carlton properties are known for their outstanding service and that's exactly what...  Read More

This upscale resort is great for families, couples, or singles. The pool area is lovely, the rooms are well-appointed & nicely decorated, and the staff is outgoing and attentive. All guest rooms and suites have an ocean view. Guests that...  Read More

This small, chic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort is arguably Cancun's best and most luxurious hotel. All-inclusive resorts are not normally known for having tasty food, but that's definitely not the case at Le Blanc. The food, both in the...  Read More

The Westin Lagunamar is located just across the street from the largest outdoor shopping and entertainment center in Cancun, La Isla. Spacious, richly furnished studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas feature ocean views, provide full...  Read More

Hyatt Ziva Cancun All Inclusive
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

Hyatt hit the nail on the head when they chose the best location in Cancun's Hotel Zone. This all-inclusive resort sits on Punta Cancun (Cancun Point) where it is surrounded on three sides by the glorious Caribbean Sea. On each side there are...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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