With Cancun being so easily accessible from Texas — just a 2 or 3 hour flight away, it is our favorite beach getaway! We have been there a few times so far and on a recent visit stayed at the Paradisus, Cancun, the resort has a contemporary boutique hotel vibe to it. It has been one of our favorite Cancun resorts, so I figured it warrants a review! The powdery white sand beaches and a turquoise blue Caribbean sea was the perfect playground for kids and adults alike!
My list for Mexico or any beach vacation is a little different. On trips to Cancun, Mexico we check into an all-inclusive Resort.. and that is it .. here is list of things I don’t do while we are there
I don’t cook, clean or do dishes, I don’t set the table either
I don’t make the bed
I don’t have a map or a plan or a list of places to go see
I don’t have to drive anywhere, get anywhere or do anything… I simply be!
It is a few blissful days of doing nothing.
I find a good spot preferably under an umbrella in the shade and read a book .. over a few tropical drinks. I watch the people sunning to different shades of red and the kids frolicking in the water.
I go for a stroll on the beach as the sun gets ready to call it a day… and sit down to watch the brilliant show she puts together!
Paradisus Cancun Resort, a Review
We love the beach at Paradisus located on the white sand beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. It has Tennis courts, a nine-hole par 3 golf course, Kids Club, YHI Spa, four lagoon-inspired pools and a Family Concierge that helps with tours and activities. They had nine restaurants and seven bars focused on the highest quality food and with great ambiance and service. You just need to make reservations 24hrs in advance at the restaurants if you don’t want to eat at the buffet every night.
The Tacos and tequila at the Blue Agave Restaurant was always perfect. When we got tired of tacos (which we rarely did) we went to Vento – the Mediterranean that served Pizzas and fresh pasta. We were not impressed with Bana the Pan-Asian, we loved the Zen terrace but the sushi was nothing to write home about.
YHI Spa, named after the goddess of light and creation was an invigorating space in which to renew and balance your energy and get a nice massage. The Aromatherapy, soothing dim lighting, and calming décor set the tone for relaxation, in fact the whole resort had this sweet aroma to it especially the check-in area.
Beach at Paradisus Resort
The beach at Paradisus was just perfect! Located on the white sand beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, this was the reason we picked this resort and it did not disappoint!
Beyond Resorts, Other Beaches near Cancun that are worth visiting
Go beyond Cancun and explore the Yucatan Peninsula on a road trip. If you don’t have time you can even do a couple of day trips to visit different Mayan ruins and colorful towns.
Apart from the public beaches that are part of hotels or resorts, Cancun has a few public that is worth visiting. Here are the top 5 best beaches in Cancun:
Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach)
Just as the name suggests, you can find dolphins in all seasons of the year. Even swim with them or just see them from the sand. Playa Delfines is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and enjoy some relaxed time. It has public restrooms and rows of free thatch-roofed palapas (umbrellas) and it is a little far from big hotels and crowds.
The crystalline waters of Playa Delfines are also perfect to learn to surf and practice snorkel or scuba diving. It is known to be one of the best beaches in Cancun.
Playa Tortugas (Turtle Beach)
Playa Tortugas is a quiet beach to spend quality time with the family. You can find delicious seafood restaurants and different activities. Even though it is a family-friendly beach, there are extreme attractions for all ages such as bungee jumping, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and surfing to bring out your adventurous side.
Chac Mool Beach
If you are looking for a quiet beach to relax and avoid the crowds, this is the perfect place. Chac Mool beach is far away from the excitement of the hotel zone, without vendors or commerce around. Take your precautions since swimming in Chac Mool can require experience due to the strong waves and current.
Chac Mool, along with Playa Marlín and Playa Delfines are the best and favorites beaches near Cancun for surfing thanks to the continuous and good-sized waves. In case you want to learn, there are some surfing schools with bilingual teachers.
With a long, lovely stretch of sand with lifeguards on duty, Playa Marlin is an excellent spot for beach-goers who need more to do than just soak up the sun. It is an excellent beach in Cancun if you are looking to do watersports. Vendors here set up tents with boogie boards and jet skis for rent, while parasailing crews attract thrill seekers with their huge colorful parachutes dancing in the wind. (You can Book Parasailing here)
For families with kids, Playa Langosta in the Zona Hotelera is a great beach in Cancun. It is a great family friendly beach. Facing Bahía de Mujeres, the beach is wide, the water shallow, and ropes and buoys keep boat traffic from the onsite pier at a distance and perfect for little ones.
Miss Teen tried some diving this time and enjoyed it. We went parasailing which was fun, other than that we just swam in the turquoise waters, practiced our OM and chilled in Cancun.
What is your favorite beach destination? What is your favorite thing while on a beach getaway? If you have been to Cancun what is your favorite resort?
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