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
South Akumal| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
Located right on the white sandy beach of South Akumal Bay, it boasts magnificent views of the Caribbean, an ocean side swimming pool, private parking and 5 spacious air conditioned bedrooms (including guest house Casita). A large open-floor living space that incorporates a stylish living and dining area and a sunken fully-equipped kitchen with a charming breakfast bar that faces the dining room and a pool patio.
Sian Ka'an| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Known as “the best beach getaway location”, this eco-friendly resort brings together the raw beauty of Sian Ka'an beach with the exclusive privacy of 2 beach cabanas and 5 fan-cooled hotel suites. An on-site restaurant is run by the well-known chef and owner, Mauricio Riba.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 4 Beds | 4 bath
Beachfront vacation rental with a pool is actually three separate living spaces. Fully air-conditioned and equipped on a lovely part of Soliman Bay beach. The ideal group home rental offering everyone their privacy.
Soliman Bay| 17 Beds | 12 Bath
When it comes to luxury villa rentals you will bask in splendor and style at this spectacular beachfront villa. Ideal for larger groups or multi-gen families who seek casual sophistication and grandeur on relaxing beach Soliman bay in Tulum. Be pampered in your own 12 bedroom villa, wake up to a continental breakfast served by the staff, have carefree days by the pool and watch the stars at night from the rooftop lounge!
Tulum Beach| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 Bath
Located on the sugary white beach amongst the slender coconut palm trees, Zamas is a small beachfront cabana hotel. Each bungalow looks just like a romantic Caribbean getaway you would want to stay in with a thatch roof over your head, comfortable beds and private bathrooms.
Sian Ka'an – Tulum| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
Get away from it all in this 4 bedroom beach house located in the remote Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, just south of Tulum beach and Tulum ruins. Enjoy a deserted Caribbean beach at your front door, adventures on the Sian Kaan estuary. Staff will prepare meals.
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
Villa Serenity is one of the best beachfront properties in which to enjoy your relaxing family vacation. Aventuras Akumal beach is a barefoot pleasure with deep sand. Sunbathe, go fishing, beach comb, you’ll love it. Villa Serenity is a great choice with 3 ocean view bedrooms.
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.
Playa del Carmen – Central| 2 Beds | 2 Bath
Deluxe 2 bedroom condos rentals right on Playa del Carmen main beach and Calle 10 in Central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy full air conditioning, luxurious interiors, Flat TV/satellite, DVD, ocean view balcony/terrace. Sleeps 4
Tulum Beach| 8 Beds | 7 Bath
Luxury Tulum beachfront vacation villa with stunning beach and Caribbean views. Located right on the beach this luxury villa sleeps up to 16 people and provides a picture perfect vacation.
Tulum Beach| 3 Beds | 3 Bath
Ideal for a stylish Riviera Maya getaway with family or friends, this tropical contemporary three-bedroom villa sits just steps away from the beach at a luxurious eco hotel in beautiful Tulum.
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, these condos are a great value. Take your choice of either 1 or 2 bedrooms w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.