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
Soliman Bay| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Casa Canciones an excellent choice for one or two couples (one couple on each level), and honeymooners. Beautiful beach setting, superb view, a beautiful place to relax and forget about your daily routine. When rented together the bungalows allow a degree of privacy.
North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
SPECIAL for 2017! 7 nights for the price of 6. This beach front condo building on Half Moon Bay has a pool & spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos w/ either patio or balcony overlooking the Caribbean. All units have ceiling fans, kitchen & spacious living area. Restaurant onsite.
New Years Special – $2,500 off Weekly Rate Dec 30th to Jan 7th Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath beach house across the street from a great Playacar beach. Enjoy full AC, equipped kitchen, pool, rooftop heated Jacuzzi, awesome views, WiFi Internet, Sat TV.
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.
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.
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 4 Bath
Luxurious 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.
South Akumal – Jade Bay| 5 Beds | 3 Bath
For those who appreciate the fine things, enjoy this spectacular beachfront villa with 3 luxurious bedrooms suites. Take in the million-dollar ocean view that opens up from the living and dining areas of the house. Large sliding doors disappear into the walls literally joining the stylish pool-side outdoor dining and living areas.
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
These beach front condos on Half Moon Bay have 1 or 2 bedrooms all w/ AC, full kitchens, living rooms, and patios or balconies overlooking the sea. Good snorkelling either in the bay or nearby Yalku Lagoon. Restaurants nearby.
20% Off Christmas Week! Soliman Bay| 12 Beds | 10 Bath
Enjoy this magnificent beach front villa perfectly suited for larger groups who seek casual refinement and luxury on soothing Soliman bay. Enjoy spaciousness, luxury and style in your own beach front castle! Feast your eyes on one of the finest villas on the coast.
Central Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
A Snorkeler’s and sun worshiper’s paradise, this Akumal hotel offers oceanfront hotel rooms and bungalows with AC, a private bathroom (great water pressure), a small fridge, a safe and either a terrace or a balcony. A swimming pool, dive center, restaurant and snack bar are on site.
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 13 Beds | 17 Bath
Enjoy a spectacular, modern villa that combines the services of a 5-star beachfront resort, the spaciousness of a palace and the privacy and comfort of a tropical beach home. Every possible ‘feature’ that you and your guests can wish for are at Bellamar.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
This beach house has a pool with a waterfall cascade and built-in barbecue. Enjoy panoramic sea views from 2 upper decks, private beach tanning & kayak for exploring the bay. Full kitchen, living/dining room and 4 great bedrooms. Sleeps 8.