Naturally, many visitors are sufficiently happy relaxing on Cancun's powdery white sands and enjoying the brilliant turquoise blue waters. But there's no reason to feel confined to just one resort or just one beach. Several of Cancun's beaches are set aside for easy public access, and all beaches are public. Because Cancun's Hotel Zone is shaped like a number seven, you can take your pick.
At the top of the seven is the Bahia de Mujeres where, for the most part, the water tends to run shallow, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. To the right is the Caribbean Sea where the pounding surf makes for a more cautious swim (best to go just south of the Sheraton). Finally, to the left of the seven is the Nichupte Lagoon, a saltwater lagoon that is popular for jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, para-sailing and windsurfing. For a small fee, you can enjoy swimming and sunning at the Playa Cabana Beach Club where you can get your own cabana (complete with a misting machine). The Club also boasts a multi-level pool and restaurant.
A day trip to Isla Mujeres with its captivating village, boutique shops and soft beaches is another way to drink in the beauty of Cancun's ever-present sunshine and take in a day at the beach.