Riviera Maya and Costa Maya Beaches
A Guide to Riviera Maya and Costa Maya Beaches
The photos don’t lie. The Mexican Caribbean is that blue, and the beach sand is that dazzlingly white. With 255 miles (411 km) of beach stretching along the Caribbean coastline from Cancun to Xcalak, this area has something for everyone. The beaches are one reason why we decided to call the Riviera Maya home, and why so many visitors return to this paradise.
All beaches are public spaces and are bursting with activities. Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, trade winds rustling in the palm trees while you swing in a hammock. Build sand castles with your children, or enjoy evening strolls with your loved one at sunset. You’ll be enchanted by the beautiful beaches, warm translucent waters, and picture-perfect weather that lasts all year long.
Riviera Maya Ranks in the Worlds Top 10 Beach Vacations
If you are looking for evening beach activities under a star filled sky, Playa del Carmen offers a vibrant, hip nightlife once the sun goes down. Couples and families looking to embrace the day together from sun up to sun down will enjoy Akumal Beach, Soliman Bay and Tankah Bay. The magnificent bays that define these beaches provide an endless list of water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving, beach combing, or simply relaxing in a hammock.
Sun-worshipers will discover their tropical paradise on any Riviera Maya beach, but Tulum is a special spot. Enjoy the powder-soft sands that are offset by clear blue waters on quiet beaches. Tulum beach, with its fascinating and prominent Mayan city ruins, offers a glimpse into Mexico’s mysterious past and bohemian lifestyle.
For true paradise seekers, the raw and unspoiled beauty of the unpopulated Caribbean will lure many travelers to Sian Ka’an Biosphere beaches.
Puerto Morelos, X’calcel, Xpu Ha, and Paamul beaches give locals and visitors a great getaway. Take advantage of great snorkeling and sea views that round off their Riviera Maya beach experience.
Costa Maya Beaches
The Costa Maya is the last frontier on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The beaches located along the Costa Maya coast give you the feeling of the old Caribbean. The village of Mahahual offers civilization, cold cervezas and fish tacos. Paddle in sea kayaks, siesta under a palm tree, or go scuba diving. In the southern town of Xcalak the adventure begins with fishing, eco-hotels, and pure fun.
Raw, Untamed & Unembellished Beaches
Costa Maya beaches are known by few but loved by those who take the time to visit this southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. With little development and more reliance on the natural beauty of the sea, beaches and palm trees, the Costa Maya is a great place to visit and step back in time. Enjoy a stroll on the seaside boardwalk, step into one of the seaside restaurants that serve up fresh seafood, or just listen to the waves while you relax on your vacation. Costa Maya beaches are pure, raw, fun waiting for you to discover.
No matter what kind of beach holiday you prefer or what slice of the Riviera Maya shoreline suits your needs, you will find what we call ‘heaven’: pearly-white sand, natural shade from slender palm and coconut trees, crystal-clear waters, and fragrant sea air.
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Stay In These Beachfront Vacation Rentals
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Enjoy these quiet beach front condos, each with AC, 2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and large balcony or patio overlooking the sea. Enjoy La Lunita Restaurant just to your south. You'll have swimming pool privileges next door, the lagoon is within walking distance. Sleeps 5
Tulum Beach | 9 Beds | 6 Bath
Casa Ixchel combines minimalist, eco-friendly design with maximum home comforts including a full-service staff. Located in Tulum, this six-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom vacation villa is the last property before the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Views of the shimmering Caribbean Sea can be seen from nearly every room.
Tulum Beach| 3 Beds | 3 Bath
Nestled on an enchanting, naturally-landscaped, beachfront property, Zorba Villa 2 is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home that offers the best of both worlds – a private oasis located minutes away from the bewitching, laid-back charm for which Tulum is known.
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 4 Bath
Comfortable four bedroom beach home for large families or several couples traveling together. Enjoy 2nd level sea view terrace view. The villa has four large air-conditioned bedrooms, balconies, sun/shade patio and a pool.
Tulum Beach| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Cabañas Tulum first established in 1972 is located on a large stretch of beautiful beach, surrounded by coconut palms and the turquoise sea. It's the perfect place to relax and connect with nature.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
You’ll fall in love with the natural light and Caribbean Sea views at this luxury beach villa in the Riviera Maya! Featuring five bedroom suites and a private oceanfront pool, plus daily chef service.
Soliman Bay| 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Get 20% off the base nightly rate for stays from May 1 to October 31, 2019! Casa Corazon #3 is one of the most secluded bungalows nestled next to the pool, just steps from Soliman Bay beach. This 2-bedroom, 2 bath bungalow comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and an ample terrace, overlooking the jungle and the beach.
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 to 5 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
The smart layout of these 1, 2 and three bedroom air conditioned condominiums at Playa Blanca makes the maximum out of stunning sea views. It’s truly a bargain to stay at this beautiful beach condo in one of the most picturesque areas of Akumal and have all the commodities nearby. Unit #8 is pet friendly.
North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Rediscover the essence of low-key beachfront living, with postcard-perfect views of the Akumal Beach of Half Moon Bay and comfortable rooms, featuring AC, a beachfront balcony, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a small fridge. The famous Buena Vida ‘swing’ bar and a dive shop are next door.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
Escape into tropical luxury while lounging in the beachfront backyard or waking up in one of the five ocean view suites at this Soliman Bay vacation rental villa, ideal for families and friends.
Playa Secreto – Puerto Morelos| 5 to 9 Beds | 3 to 6 Bath
Enjoy this marvelous oceanfront house in private Playa del Secreto which has many deluxe features and services, and can be rented as a 3/5/ or 6 bedroom villa. A wide wonderful beach is just 200 meters away.
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Well-appointed 2 bedroom condos with a pool. Nahil Beachfront vacation rentals are located in Akumal on Half Moon Bay. Have everything you need to make your vacation great. This condo has wheelchair accessibility.