Cancun Beach © Rick Gonzalez
When it comes to watersports, people watching, sun-lounging, clear blue water, beach bars and restaurants, and great tourist facilities, Cancun is unbeatable. Beach resorts and powdery white sand are the order of the day. The northern stretch of Mujeres Bay includes the popular Playa Langostina, Playa Las Perlas and Playa Tortugas, all great for watersports, bars and restaurants. Playa Linda is a launching point for boat and dive tours, while Playa Caracol and Punta Cancun are excellent for family fun. East side beaches are breezier with rouger surf. Chac Mool, Playa Marlin, Gaviota Azul and Playa Ballenas are ideal for parasailing, windsurfing, while Punta Nizuc and Playa Delfines are beautiful beaches perfect for a day of sand and surf. The best dive sites lie between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, at the colourful reefs of El Tunel, Grampin, Chuchos and Largo. The Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) is also a fantastic option for divers.