Cancun is known for its all-inclusive resorts, unparalleled nightlife, shopping and dining, but this world-class vacation destination just might be best known for its 14 miles of dreamy white sand beach. Cancun and the area to the south, the Riviera Maya, is home to some 150 miles of beach.
It is important for visitors to always pay attention to flags on the beach, which indicate water conditions. A black flag is the highest warning level meaning do not swim. A red flag indicates dangerous conditions; swim with caution. A yellow flag means there is no immediate danger, but still use caution while swimming. A green flag means that it's safe to swim. Some more remote beaches may not have flags, so it's especially important to swim with caution in those areas.
The best beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone is undoubtedly Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach), which is located at kilometer 20. This public beach is the only one in the "HoZo" that isn't home to any hotels or restaurants. There are also marvelous beaches in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya. True virgin beaches can be found in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.
Oh, and Cancun's beaches are made of white coral and will never heat up or burn your feet, so leave those flip-flops by the pool.