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 – Tulum| 8 Beds | 4 Bath
This beach house has 4 bedrooms, additional sleeping areas, a spacious living room, kitchen, beautiful beach, terrace, vaulted palapa roof with interior stone and wood beams. Includes beach palapa & 2 kayaks.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 14 Beds | 9 Bath
This luxury beach villa has 9 bedrooms between the main villa and the guest houses. Enjoy panoramic sea views, rooftop deck, terraces, oceanside pool, 80 feet of private beach, master bedroom with Jacuzzi, satellite TV, internet, kayaks. Sleeps up to 26
Central Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Welcome to the ONLY beachfront condos on Akumal Bay. Enjoy a private beach area you can snorkel with turtles right off beach on the north end of Akumal Bay. The condos face west so you can enjoy sunsets every night. An excellent choice.
Tulum Beach| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
This beautifully designed hotel takes the best of Tulum's picturesque coast and local restaurant scene and puts it into one exquisitely designed vacation.
More luxury with free nights for stays in 2018. Sian Ka’an – Tulum| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Luxurious Mix of Serenity and Privacy in the Heart of the Sian Ka’an. When sitting on the glorious beach outside your beachfront cabana, you will feel you have stepped onto a remote island.
Great discounts for all new stays in January 2018! South Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Located in a quiet gated community in South Akumal this secluded condominium complex is a true paradise for beach lovers. The airy 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condos of Seven Seas each feature lovely open-floor living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private furnished terrace or an ocean side patio. Spend your days relaxing by the ocean-side pool.
Isla Holbox| 8 Beds | 4 Bath
This Holbox beachfront villa rental is all about the view, privacy and living the island life. This spectacular beachfront rental is a short golf cart ride into the town center, and easily accessed from the mainland by boat.
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.
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.
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Enjoy these 1 & 2 beach front bedroom condos with AC, full kitchens, spacious living rooms, Sat TV, DVD & Wifi. All units have king beds and patios or balconies on the beach. Great view. This is a wide sandy beach, great for beach lovers!
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.
Tulum Beach| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
Casa Mandala Tulum, A tropical paradise for you to unwind in. Come enjoy this semi-private home tucked away with 2 other homes in a private slice of Paradise.