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Tepen

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Situated in the Hotel Zone about a 5-minute walk from the Kukulcan Plaza shopping mall, Playa Marlin offers a broad stretch of sugar white sand. There's also lifeguards and beach supplies, such as chairs and umbrellas, for rent. 

Recent travelers said that Playa Marlin is a beautiful, public beach, perfect for those who aren't staying in a beachside resort. Still, some do warn of its powerful waves and strong undertow. Though the waters can be too rough for swimming, they're great for water sports like parasailing. 

You'll find the beach off Kukulcan Boulevard, at the end of Tepen Road.

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#1 Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá is a large Mayan archaeological site and one of the most notable and recognized landmarks on the Yucatán. The site itself was originally a main hub of Mayan civilization and has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The focal point of the ruins is the pyramid-like El Castillo that was once used by Mayans as a temple to the god Kukulkan. 

Unfortunately, because of its fame, Chichén Itzá is crawling with tourists trying to snap a picture of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Nevertheless, the spectacular ruins are well worth it, even for the jaded traveler. You can avoid crowds by visiting the site in the early morning before the throngs of tour buses arrive. Recent visitors also advised bringing water and bug repellent and wearing appropriate footwear and a hat. 

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