La Isla Shopping Village


Unique among the island’s malls, this is an indoor–outdoor place with canals, a 60m-high Ferris wheel, an aquarium, a movie theater, a boutique-stores section and enough distractions to keep even the most inveterate hater of shopping amused. Souvenir-hunters will find nice (if pricier) options here. Consider picking up a bottle of xtabentún, a Yucatecan anise-flavored liqueur.

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1. Yamil Lu’um

0.25 MILES

Also known as the Templo del Alácran (Scorpion’s Temple), Yamil Lu’um was used between AD 1200 and 1550, and sits atop a beachside knoll in the parklike…

2. Playa Marlin


A long, lovely stretch of sand with lifeguards on duty and deck chairs, umbrellas and tables for rent. There’s no food, but there is an Oxxo out on Blvd…

3. Playa Ballenas

0.68 MILES

A long, quiet stretch of beach squeezed between luxury hotels. Access from the dirt road on the south side of Golden Parnassus hotel.

4. Playa Chac-Mool

1.54 MILES

With no parking, this is one of the quieter beaches in Cancún and there's usually a lifeguard on duty. There's no food, but there are stores and…

6. Playa Tortugas

2.01 MILES

One of the busiest beaches around, with loud music, cheap restaurants, deck chair and umbrella hire. Access from the ferry terminal, where there is free…

7. Playa Gaviota Azul


A beautiful little curve at the end of the bay, mostly monopolized by beach clubs. Access is from the north side of Cocobongo’s.

8. Playa Caracol

2.11 MILES

Next to the Isla Mujeres ferry dock, this tiny stretch of sand is probably the least inviting of Cancún's beaches, but you can head left when you hit the…