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
Xcalak| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 Bath
Costa de Cocos Dive and Flyfishing Resort is a perfect place to kayak or motor about, snorkel or dive on pristine reefs, fish, or take a trip to Banco Chinchorro atoll. This secluded resort offers water view bungalows with private bathrooms. Fishing and diving trips can be arranged on-site. The restaurant and bar, are a central meeting point to share fish stories over a cold cerveza.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Jashita beach hotel Tulum offers that much-welcome and peaceful retreat. Jashita Hotel’s deluxe suites boast awe-inspiring views of Soliman Bay and the beach. All feature king-size beds and chic, minimalist décor. Most suites also come with sitting areas and private terraces, some are designed with individual relaxing pools. On-site gourmet restaurant and bar.
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, condo #2 is a nice little one bedroom with a second lock-off bedroom #3 if you need a little more space. Pool front, w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.
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
Situated on Soliman Bay in the Tulum area of the Riviera Maya, this tranquil 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home provides every imaginable amenity in an unparalleled setting.
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.
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
30% Off Through December 22, 2018! (Not valid Thanksgiving week) 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.
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.
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
The smart layout of these 2 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. This vacation rental is available as a one bedroom or a two bedroom.
South Akumal – Jade Bay| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
Save 35% on fall rates! Have a beautiful three bedroom vacation rental with a large beachfront pool and is 3 minutes south of Akumal Bay beach. All 3-bedroom condos are oceanfront with central AC, full kitchens, furnished terraces or patios. Studios and two bedroom condos are also available.
Isla Holbox| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
The winner of the Travelers' Choice® 2013 award by Trip Advisor users, Hotel Mawimbi consists of 2 lovely bungalows and 9 air-conditioned hotel rooms. Hotel Mawimbi is a one of a kind gem, carefully tucked away on the white-sand Caribbean island
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 4 Beds | 3.5 Bath
Enjoy privacy along with some of the best views of Tulum’s Soliman Bay. This three bedroom villa offers the ideal spot to relax and recharge. A roof-top deck with a jacuzzi is the perfect way to end a perfect day of vacation.