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.

Discover Riviera Maya Beaches

Akumal Beaches

Located 100 km (62 miles) south of Cancún, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this beach town has some of the finest white sand beaches in the Riviera Maya with lots of palm trees for shade.

Maroma Beach

This spectacular stretch of beach halfway between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen is yet another restricted area for hotel guests and vacation rental visitors. Quite and peaceful describe Maroma.

Paamul Beach

Paamul Beach, 21 kms (12 miles) south of Playa del Carmen, is a great beach day with snorkeling, diving or kayaking. Enjoy ceviche, tacos and a cerveza at the beachside restaurant overlooking the sea.

Playacar Beach

This residential and resort area a hop, skip, and a jump from Central Playa del Carmen, offers a long stretch of beach for resort guests and vacation homes renters that love long walks on the beach.

Playa del Carmen Beaches

Playa del Carmen has over four miles of glorious beaches making it a hot spot. Enjoy the sunshine at a trendy beach club or meet up with seasoned Playa locals who love the sea view from this chic city.

Playa Secreto Beach

This beach is in a gated community just south of Puerto Morelos that only vacation rental guests having access to this beach. If you are searching for a quiet area with few people this is the spot.

Puerto Aventuras Beach

Puerto Aventuras, just 23 kms (15 miles) from Playa del Carmen, is not known for its pristine beaches. Visitors like it this way as they find the beaches to be intimate spots and a great playground for kids.

Puerto Morelos Beach

Visitors love the feeling of simpler days and old Mexico charm in Puerto Morelos. This beach town has one of the largest stretch of beach in the Riviera Maya with beach restaurants serving great food.

Sian Ka'an Beaches

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, just south of Tulum, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most sensitive eco-systems in the area. The beaches are raw, and mostly untouched.

Soliman Bay Beach

This off-the-beaten-track beach destination has remained Riviera Maya’s best-kept secret for a long time. Snorkeling and kayaking is a favorite past time after lunch at Chamico’s Restaurant.

Tankah Bay Beach

This beach is very different from its neighbor, Soliman Bay. Check out the beaches of Tankah Bay and the adjacent mangrove cenote, Cenote Manatee, that is full of underwater life for snorkelers.

Tulum Beach

Tulum’s wide sandy beaches helped to put the Riviera Maya on the world-tourism map. Located around 145 km (75 miles) south of Cancun, this is a popular beach location and for good reason.

X'cacel Beach

X’cacel beach just 9 kms (4 miles) from AKumal, is where turtles go to nest. Tucked away in a remote location, enjoy soft sand beaches, a small freshwater cenote and off shore snorkeling.

Xcalacoco Beach

This is an old Playa del Carmen hang out just a few kilometers from North Playa del Carmen. Tranquil beach meets blue seas in this beautiful part of the Riviera Maya just outside popular cities in the area.

Xpu Ha Beach

A popular local hangout in the Riviera Maya is Xpu Ha beach. Located just south of Puerto Aventuras, Xpu Ha is great for beach side restaurants with fresh fish and authentic flavors.

Discover Costa Maya Beaches

Mahahual Beach

With a feeling of the old Caribbean, the village of Mahahual has beautiful beaches with lots of water activities to keep you in the sea. Top it off with beachside restaurants and you have close to perfect.

Xcalak Beach

Xcalak is the most southern point of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, so get ready for a remote small beach area that has more of an emphasis on fishing, diving and ocean life than beach life.

Stay In These Beachfront Vacation Rentals

  • Villa San Francisco - South Akumal, Riviera Maya

    Villa San Francisco

    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.

  • Sol Caribe Boutique Hotel and Bungalows

    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 Soliman Bay Vacation Rental Casa Aquamarine.

    Casa Aquamarine

    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.

  • Luxury Vacation home Villa Lol Beh Tulum Soliman Bay

    Villa Lol Beh

    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!

  • Zamas Bungalows

    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.

  • Private beach house is Sian Kaan - Tulum Casa Almaviva

    Casa Almaviva

    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.

  • Vacation rental family beach house villa Serenity Akumal

    Villa Serenity

    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.

  • Playa Blanca condos on Half Moon Bay Akumal

    Playa Blanca Condos

    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.

  • Corto Maltes Condominiums Vacation Condos

    Corto Maltes Condominiums

    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

  • Hacienda Paraiso Tulum villa vacation home rental Tulum

    Hacienda Paraiso Tulum

    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.

  • Villa Sanara

    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.

  • La Joya Condos

    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.

 

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