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.


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 kitchens and furnished balconies, hand-selected art and other distinctive touches. There are plenty of ways to stay active, be pampered or simply relax. Creative chefs tantalize guests with dishes inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine and international influences, while bar and lounge menus feature original cocktails and old favorites. They also offer the Westin Kids Club with supervised activities, minigolf and water activities. The hotel provides a baby sitting service, barbecue area, business center, a bar, on call doctor, a game room, high speen internet, 24 hour room service and a spa.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Westin Lagunamar is a Cancun favorite. The beach is beautiful and the resort features super amenities.

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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 remarkably beautiful. Seemingly endless rows of lounge chairs and an abundance of covered beach beds insure that you will have always find a place to relax by one of the many pools. The restaurants are spectacular. Don't miss the cafe and the daily outdoor BBQ. Live Aqua focuses on a total experience, catering to all five senses.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Live Aqua aims to please all five senses and rests on a lovely beach.

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Everyone knows that Hard Rock = Party! In this case it's a family-friendly party. Guests enjoy a rockin' vacation on one of the best beaches in Cancun's Hotel Zone and enjoy unlimited food and beverage at 5 restaurants and 7 bars, nightly entertainment, room service and more. Rooms will make guests feel like rock stars and offer hydro spa tub, flat screen LCD televisions with premium satellite channels, plush bathrobes and slippers, top-of-the-line bath amenities, custom bedding with fine linens and a cotton duvet plus a well-stocked mini-bar. Kids can spend time at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ while adults can experience what it's like to be a rockstar with various experiences in the Music Lab. Hard Rock Hotel also offers a spa, salon and gym.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: C'mon, it's the Hard Rock! The property offers awesome ammenities and sits on a gorgeous beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
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This chic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort is one of Cancun's most luxurious hotels. This opulent AAA Five Diamond property recently underwent a 30 million dollar renovation, and is better than ever. All-inclusive resorts are not generally known for offering quality cuisine, but that's definitely not the case in Le Blanc's 8 gourmet restaurants. Sophisticated, comfortable, fully-stocked guest suites and rooms offer butler service and have a view of either the sparkling Caribbean Sea or glistening Nichupte Lagoon. The hotel's award-winning spa is an otherworldly oasis and includes 19 treatment rooms and an incredible hydrotherapy facility. Le Blanc also offers space for corporate and social events, a full-service salon, a fitness center and activities like yoga, live music, karaoke, meditation classes, TRX training and aqua spinning.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: It doesn't get much better than adult-only Le Blanc. The beach is breathtaking.

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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive
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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive is located in Cancun's Hotel Zone on one of the best beaches in the area, the kind of Cancun beach you see in your vacation dreams... white sand and turquoise blue water. The beach is kept very clean and raked daily. This recently renovated resort hasn't always been all-inclusive, but the change has not affected quality or service. The food is downright delicious for an all-inclusive hotel and there are 14 restaurants and snack areas to chose from. Reservations are only needed for one restaurant. There is also a deli in the gift shop. With 8 different types of guest rooms, the resort also offers a kids club, teens club, daily and nightly entertainment, a gym, a full service spa, free WiFi, three pools, one with a swim-up pool bar, and a pirate ship in the children's pool.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Fiesta American Condesa Cancun All Inclusive sits on a wide white sand beach and there are tons of lounge chairs available.

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Marriott Cancun Resort
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AAA Four Diamond Marriott Cancun Resort is a beautiful hotel that sits on one of Cancun's best beaches. Some of Cancun's finest restaurants, including its only Polynesian restaurant, are part of the hotel. Sacbe Beach Shack offers a lively Friday night Reggae party and a delicious Sunday brunch. Champion's Sports Bar has 2 giant screens and 22 televisions, so you never miss that big game or sporting event. Guests also have access to the restaurants and bars at JW Marriott Cancun, the hotel's sister property, located right next door. The swimming pool offers a swim-up bar and a huge hot tub with a spectacular view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Comfortable rooms, with balconies and spectacular views of Cancun's Hotel Zone, help guests relax and unwind. The property also features a gift shop, spa and fitness center. Marriott Cancun Resort is a popular venue for weddings and events. For an extra special vacation day, rent one of their fantastic cabanas on the beach.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Marriott Cancun Resort is a AAA Four Diamond resort and sits on an amazing beach.

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Beach Palace Resort All Inclusive
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This all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful, wide stretch of white sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone and is within walking distance of La Isla shopping mall. Beach Palace is home to four restaurants and various bars, including a swim-up pool bar in the main pool and the Sky Bar, which has two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two whirlpools and unforgettable views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon. The Playroom (kids club) and a waterslide at the main pool provide fun for the little ones. Guests staying 5-8 nights receive a $1500 resort credit which can be used towards spa treatments, golfing and more. The resort also features daily and nightly activities and entertainment, a fitness center, a spa and free wireless internet access. Rooms in six categories offer ample amenities including stocked mini bars, 24-hour room service, double Jacuzzis and terraces.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Beach Palace is located on a fantastic stretch of beach and offers unforgettable views of the Caribbean from the main pool, oceanfront rooms and the Sky Bar.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun All Inclusive
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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 calm, protected beaches, perfect for swimming, while in the center there are cliffs and open ocean. Hyatt Ziva Cancun boasts 6 different room categories, 8 restaurants, 3 lounges and 6 bars, including a microbrewery, sweets shop and coffee house. They also offer 24 hour room service. Guests can swim in one of the various pools, work-out in the gym, go kayaking or snorkeling, or participate in one of the many daily activities. Little guests can visit the kids club. Guest rooms are fully stocked and include a minibar with snacks. There is nightly entertainment. WiFi is free (and good) throughout the property.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Hyatt Ziva Cancun is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on three sides.

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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 to 4 people, are available and there are some adjoining rooms as well. Family suites are also offered for larger families. Club Med Cancun Yucatan has thought of everything when it comes to traveling with children. They loan baby equipment, like bottle warmers and strollers, so you don't have to pack those things. They also have a special area of the restaurant for babies where there are special utensils and you can prepare baby food. There is a Baby Gym, for ages 2 and 3, as well as an incredible kids club that offers age-appropriate activities for children, ages 4 to 10, and the Juniors' Club Med is for 'tweens and teens (ages 11-17). Youngsters can take cooking classes, participate in sports or try their hand at flying through the air on the hotel's flying trapeze. Babysitting is available and if parents wish to go out in the evening they can drop their kids (ages 4-10) off at the Pyjama Club where kids can spend time with other children and enjoy some entertainment, while under the watchful eye of the child care staff.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Because of Club Med's location visitors can enjoy a white sand beach, snorkeling a reef and various watersports.

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, just steps away from the Party Center, on a calm, white sand beach with turquoise blue water. Coral Beach is one of Cancun's largest, oldest and most prestigious hotels and is constantly improving in order to give guests the high level of comfort, elegance and service they have come to expect from this family-friendly resort. The rooms are plush, the Wi-Fi is free, the pool is huge, and the lobby is absolutely gorgeous. The cuisine served in the hotel's seven restaurants (including AAA Five Diamond Le Basilic) is excellent and a step above what you will find in almost any resort. The property is also home to an ethereal world-class spa, a kids club, a sports lounge, a water sports center and a fitness center. Coral Beach recently went all-inclusive, and the result is the same delicious cuisine, quality cocktails and excellent service, with more convenience and activities. First class luxury all the way, without that snobby feel, the Grand Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun never disappoints.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Grand Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Cancun may just have the best beach-pool combination in Cancun.

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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