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 the perfect choice for couples looking for a quiet place on the beach. Beautiful beach setting, superb view, a place to relax. Everything you need for an exceptional vacation. Amazing sunrises, no extra charge.
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Summer Special! 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!
North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Low Season Special 2018 – $110 USD / Night! These comfy condos have a great spot on Half Moon Bay beach. Take your pick of a 1 or 2 bedrooms with full kitchen and living areas facing the beach. All units have air conditioning and Satellite TV. Restaurants nearby.
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.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Enjoy middle of the beach nirvana on Half Moon Bay with all air conditioned condos on 3 levels. Each has a ocean terrace or beach patio. 1 or 2 bedrooms available. Near beach bar/restaurants, 3 minutes to either central Akumal or Yal ku lagoon.
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Summer Special! Beach level vacation rental. 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!
South Akumal| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
This deluxe 4 bedroom beach front villa does have magic! With warm earth tones, quality furnishings, a seaside pool, BBQ, lovely Caribbean view and a sandy beach. Enjoy central air conditioning, Jacuzzi, Satellite TV.
Playa del Secreto – Puerto Morelos| 26 Beds | 24 Bath
Hacienda del Secreto is a Private Estate consisting of 5 luxury oceanfront villas and an event palapa. This secluded property was created for the private use of the owner's family and as a an event vacation retreat.
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.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 10 Beds | 9 Bath
This sought-after luxury villa boasts a private location on Soliman Bay beach, 5 elegant bedrooms, a zero edge pool and a beachfront palapa suite. With 5-star service, cathedral ceilings and an additional ‘al-fresco’ kitchen and dining space – we call it “a VIP vacation without compromising”!
Soliman Bay| 8 Beds | 5 Bath
Nicely appointed & spacious Marcaribe is perfect for a large family vacation or an important celebration. The villa boasts a beachfront location on Soliman Bay in Tulum, a private pool, 6 bedroom suites divided between 2 separate wings, a gorgeous rooftop deck and more…
Tulum Beach| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
Excellent value for a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom on a relatively deserted section of Tulum beach. Save your pesos for daytime adventures and come home to a gorgeous Tulum beach location, just a kilometer from the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve.