Top 5 Cancún Beaches with Public Access

Powder-soft, white sand beaches. Crystal-clear Caribbean water. Year-round balmy weather and tropical breezes. World-class shopping, recreational pursuits, and modern, reliable infrastructure. These are the features which make Cancún in Mexico a great place to live or visit. Not surprisingly, as the Caribbean’s number one vacation destination, Cancún is a burgeoning draw for expats from the U.S. and Canada. Retirees can also enjoy a beachfront lifestyle here for a fraction of the cost north of the border. But choosing to live even slightly inland, in one of Cancún’s vibrant el Centro residential neighborhoods, lowers housing costs by as much as 30% to 40%.

And with Cancún’s 10 public access beaches—you don’t need to sacrifice enjoyment of the coastline to take advantage of those savings. Mexican law states that the sand and surf belong to all. However, the numerous hotels, time-shares, and resorts which line the famed Hotel Zone are private property and do not allow the public to walk through their facilities to access the beach. But, not to worry. Cancún’s public access beaches are for visitors and residents alike. Each of them offers free parking, restroom and shower facilities, as well as security and sanitation services.

Seven of Cancún’s 10 public access beaches have earned international recognition as Blue Flag beaches. This distinction certifies that each location has met or surpassed the stringent standards for excellence in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and services to the public, established by the Foundation for Environmental Education. This certification must be reviewed and renewed annually. This video showcases five of Cancún’s best beaches open to the public.

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