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13 Cancun Resorts with the Best Beaches

Cancun is known for its beautiful all-inclusive resorts, outdoor adventures like diving and snorkeling, world-class shopping, dining, and nightlife, but what makes it really stand out above the rest is its endless miles of dreamy white sands framed by transparent turquoise waters. While there are plenty of public beaches, many of the top stretches can be found at the resorts. If you’re looking for a place to stay that brings the opportunity to soak up the sun and the sand right out your door, you can’t beat any of these options.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Hyatt Ziva Cancun
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Hyatt Ziva Cancun

One of the top all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is perfectly situated for beach lovers, surrounded by the sea on three sides. It includes two pristine white sandy beaches, with cabanas available for rent. You can spend the day relaxing with a view while enjoying food and drink service in between swimming in those enticing turquoise waters. The grounds also include three large infinity pools, a dolphin habitat, and a multitude of dining and drinking options. If you’re looking for a romantic adults-only stay, book the Turquoise Tower. It not only offers incredible views but has its own pool, restaurant, and direct access to the luxurious spa where Tower guests enjoy complimentary hydrotherapy services.

Key Amenities:

  • Access to two white sand beaches with cabanas available for rent and food and drink service

  • Home to three infinity pools, a dolphin habitat, and multiple dining and drinking options

  • Option to book a room in the adults-only Turquoise Tower with its own pool, restaurant, spa, and complimentary hydrotherapy services

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
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Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is a luxuriously elegant resort that has more of a South Beach Miami feel, complete with a gorgeous white sand beach. Guests can also enjoy extraordinary service that includes butlers who will even unpack your clothes for you. There are three free-form pools, two that have swim-up bars, and a lavish spa with free access to the hydrotherapy area. Frequent evening shows are held, and you’ll find multiple restaurants serving everything from Mexican and Asian to French fare. Rooms include lots of high-tech features like Apple TV and Netflix, along with upscale extras such as in-room aromatherapy and special bath preparations. 

Key Amenities:

  • Three free-form pools, two of which have swim-up bars

  • On-site spa with free access to the hydrotherapy area

  • Butler service in your room, as well as in-room aromatherapy and special bath preparations

  • Multiple on-site restaurants ranging from Mexican to Asian and French

Hyatt Zilara Cancun Hyatt Zilara Cancun
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Hyatt Zilara Cancun

One of the top luxury adults-only resorts in Cancun, the Hyatt Zilara Cancun sits on a soft sandy, ivory-hued beach with clear, calm blue waters for swimming. In addition to the gorgeous sands, it’s known for its above-and-beyond service and includes a beachfront infinity pool with relaxing cabanas. The spa offers more ocean views and an impressive array of Mayan treatments, ceremonies, and a temazcal. All rooms and suites come with private balconies, double whirlpool tubs, a liquor dispenser, and a “magic box” for room service delivery. Guests can also enjoy wine and tequila tastings, cooking shows, cocktail classes, and weekly pool parties, along with a host of other activities.

Key Amenities:

  • Beachfront infinity pool with relaxing cabanas

  • Spa with ocean views and a menu of Mayan treatments, ceremonies, and temazcal

  • Rooms and suites feature private balconies, double whirlpool tubs, a liquor dispenser, and room service

  • Weekly events ranging from wine and tequila tastings to pool parties and cocktail classes

Marriott Cancun Marriott Cancun Resort
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Marriott Cancun

Located in a quieter part of the Hotel Zone, Marriott Cancun boasts a huge expanse of postcard-perfect beaches with cabanas, palapas, and loungers, while spectacular ocean views are enjoyed from many vantage points. In fact, every room provides a view of the Caribbean from furnished balconies. The grounds include a number of swimming pools, with the main infinity pool providing magnificent views over the beach. There’s a Mayan-inspired spa with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and ocean views, traditional Mayan massages, aromatherapy massages, and detoxifying mud wraps. There are many dining options, but for alfresco dining with a sea view, the open-air Sasi Thai is the place to go, with a menu of authentic Thai cuisine and signature cocktails.

Key Amenities:

  • Access to beaches lined with cabanas, palapas, and loungers

  • Views of the Caribbean from every room’s furnished balcony

  • Multiple swimming pools, including an infinity pool and an Olympic-sized swimming pool

  • On-site spa featuring Mayan-inspired treatments, massages, and wraps

Kempinski Hotel Cancún Kempinski Hotel Cancún
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Kempinski Hotel Cancún

One of the best 5-star hotels in Cancun, Kempinski Hotel Cancún offers all the luxuries one would expect from this high-end hotel brand while facing spectacular chalk-white beaches and stunning clear blue waters in the heart of the Hotel Zone. Beach lovers can bask in the sunshine while enjoying private cabanas and loungers on the 400-meter stretch of beach. Guests can take advantage of the sauna and steam rooms, tennis center, beauty salon, and kids’ club, while there’s also a wide range of dining options available, from intimate dinners on the beach in private casitas to the award-winning restaurant. The rooms and suites are stylish, featuring private balconies or terraces with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Key Amenities:

  • Access to white sand beaches with private cabanas and loungers

  • Home to a sauna, steam rooms, tennis center, beauty salon, and kids’ club

  • Wide range of dining options on-site, including an award-winning restaurant

  • Stylish rooms and suites with private balconies and panoramic ocean views

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The Royal Sands Resort

The Royal Sands Resort is a large and luxurious all-inclusive that overlooks a breathtaking section of white sandy beach dotted with thatched beach umbrellas. It includes two pools, a spa, and a well-equipped fitness center and offers a wide variety of classes, including Zumba, salsa, karaoke, Pilates, and yoga. There are multiple restaurants/bars on-site, and guests get discounts at restaurants in town and at the property’s nearby sister resorts. Rooms include junior, one- and two-bedroom options, all featuring sea-view balconies. Larger suites have full kitchens too.

Key Amenities:

  • White sand beach dotted with umbrellas

  • Access to two pools, a spa, a fitness center, and a variety of fitness classes

  • Multiple restaurants and bars on-site and special discounts on restaurants in town and at nearby sister resorts

  • Roomiest suites feature full kitchens

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Krystal Cancun Hotel

Located high above one of the prettiest viewpoints in Cancun, Punta Cancun, as well as offering views of the lagoon and the sea, Krystal Cancun Hotel is a Mexican-owned all-inclusive resort with beautiful sugary soft sands that include a handful of cabanas and loungers with palapa umbrellas. The raised pool area includes a water fountain and bridges, a pool bar, and an infinity section. There are a variety of dining options, including traditional Mexican with mariachi music, a sushi bar, and a buffet restaurant along with poolside barbecues and special themed dinner nights. Many rooms have ocean-facing outdoor areas, and some come with their own private pools.

Key Amenities:

  • Beach lined with cabanas and loungers shaded by palapa umbrellas

  • Swimming pool featuring a pool bar, water fountain, and infinity section

  • Variety of on-site dining options, including occasional poolside barbecues and themed dinner nights

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The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun

Located in a quiet area at the end of the Hotel Zone, The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun’s beach is magnificent, with soft white sands and those pale turquoise waters, plus it’s quieter and less crowded than most too. There are four beautiful pools on the grounds, multiple restaurants and bars, including ocean view options, a kids’ club, a luxurious spa, and lighted tennis courts. Rooms all come with complimentary bottled water, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Some include ocean-view balconies. For a kitchenette, book the one-bedroom Royal Beach Club Ambassador Suite.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple pools, bars, and restaurants on the grounds, including ocean-view options

  • Home to a luxury spa, lighted tennis courts, and a kids’ club

  • Rooms come with complimentary bottled water, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, some with ocean-view balconies

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Paradisus Cancún

Paradisus Cancún is a mega-resort with rooms spread over interconnected pyramids, paying homage to the ancient Mayan civilization. It lies on a gorgeous beach with white powdery sands and loungers with palapa umbrellas in the heart of the hotel zone. The turquoise sea is stunning and almost always calm, ideal for swimming, and there’s a huge free-form pool that is nearly as large as the length of the resort, with a popular swim-up bar at one end. Enjoy a variety of treatments, a hydro-massage pool and sensation showers at the spa, and an impressive range of restaurants. Rooms are all very spacious and extend to private terraces or balconies with chairs overlooking the sea or lagoon.

Key Amenities:

  • Swimmable beach lined with loungers and palapa umbrellas

  • Massive free-form pool with a swim-up bar

  • On-site spa with a hydro-massage pool and sensation showers

  • Rooms feature private and furnished terraces or balconies overlooking the sea or lagoon

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Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun

One of the best Mexican resorts for couples, Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is an adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort with a stretch of spectacular white sands, including private cabanas. There are seven pools on the grounds, while a wealth of activities are on offer, from yoga to beach soccer. All rooms have a view of the Caribbean with private balconies or terraces, along with aromatherapy machines, minibars filled with top brands, flat-screen cable TVs, and marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Dining can be enjoyed at a dozen restaurants and bars with menus focused on everything from Mediterranean to traditional Mexican. There’s also a large spa with hot and cold pools, a sauna and steam room, and a menu of decadent treatments.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple pools, restaurants, and bars on-site

  • Ocean views from every room’s balcony or terrace

  • Home to a spa with hot and cold pools, a sauna, and a steam room

  • Organized activities, ranging from yoga to beach soccer

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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun rock-themed resort isn’t just about rock ‘n roll, although it does offer complimentary loaner guitars, mixing stations, record players, and access to a recording studio. This family-friendly Cancun hotel sits on a beautiful white sandy beach and also includes infinity pools, whirlpools, and a comprehensive spa. All rooms have private balconies with two-person Jacuzzi tubs while suites include two bedrooms and the Family Suites add an Xbox and a special minibar for the kids. Each suite has two bedrooms, while Family Suites add a kids’ minibar and Xbox. Couples who book the Rock Royalty level get access to the adults-only pool on the third floor as well as a complimentary couples’ massage and a personal assistant.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary loaner guitars, mixing stations, record players, and access to a recording studio

  • Access to both the beach and multiple infinity pools, whirlpools, and a spa

  • Private balconies with two-person Jacuzzis off every room

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun All Inclusive Spa Resort

Grand Fiesta sits on one of the best beaches in Cancun, located in a protected cove with some of the finest white sands and a sea as flat and calm as a pool. An all-suite hotel, each suite includes a balcony with ocean views. There are one- and two-bedroom options ideal for families, including the Presidential suite which has a full kitchen and its own rooftop plunge pool. The property also includes a free-form pool, large spa, and award-winning dining options. The kids’ club provides some unique amenities like a  theater with costumes, a game room, a water park, and a night camp.

Key Amenities:

  • Located in a protected cove making for calm and swimmable seas

  • All-suite hotel with balconies off every room

  • Home to a free-form pool, large spa, and award-winning dining options

  • Kids’ club with a theater with costumes, a game room, water park, and night camp

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InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort is an upscale resort that has a massive stretch of white sandy beach. In fact, it’s one of the largest and least crowded resorts you’ll find in Cancun. It sits just outside the heart of the hotel zone, providing a quieter setting and plenty of amenities. There are a couple of restaurants and pools, including one for adults which includes a pool bar and one for families with kids. Guests can also relax in the spa, which has a hydrotherapy pool and offers both massages and facials. All rooms have balconies that face the lagoon or ocean and include Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple swimming pools, including one for adults with a pool bar and one for families with kids

  • On-site spa with hydrotherapy pool and a menu of massages and facials

  • Rooms feature water-facing balconies, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers

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