Playa Caracol



Location, Location, Location

Cancun is no doubt packed with fun beaches, but Playa Caracol is one of those that just happen to be blessed with a little more. For one thing, its location is awesome—it’s right in the heart of the Hotel Zone, Cancun’s most popular and well-known stretch of beachfront and hotels.

It also happens to be close to some excellent dining and shopping options, which is ideal if you’re getting around on foot.

The water here is calm and clear, making it perfect for a relaxing dip, for a snorkeling session or for playing in the water with small children. Lifeguards in the area help maintain a safe environment.


Though there aren’t any public restrooms here, Playa Caracol does offer some other conveniences. Vendors usually make their way by this stretch, so if you’re hungry or thirsty, see what tasty morsels they have to offer.

More variety can be found at the dining spots scattered around the beach and Hotel Zone area. After a satisfying meal, head to Boulevard Kukulkan for some shopping.

Popular Activities and Attractions

If the sun’s strong rays make you more cross than content, rent a chair and umbrella and hide away for the afternoon.

Water sports are hugely popular in Cancun, and you can rent equipment along the beach and join other water enthusiasts out there on the waves.

To learn more about Cancun and Mexico in general, book a sightseeing tour to nearby Mayan ruins and other historical sites, or try something adventurous like zip-lining or a day trip on a chartered boat.

If you’re staying in a different section of Cancun, but still want to visit Playa Caracol, never fear. Two bus lines—the green line and the blue line—make regular stops here, so you can come for a few hours or stay the whole day.

Playa Caracol at a Glance


Country or State:Mexico

Length of Beach:.5 miles

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:May to August - best hotel rates

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November


  • Restaurants, bars, food vendors
  • Rentals: Chairs, umbrellas, water sports equipment
  • Lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Inception Music Festival