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
Tulum Beach| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
This low key luxury hotel is on one of the best parts of Tulum Beach with picturesque Caribbean views. Enjoy their onsite restaurant, beachfront bar and evening beach campfires while you unplug on your vacation.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Two bedroom condos only $116.00 + tax, per night. Applies to Condos D and E with stays between May 15 and Aug. 31, 2018. New reservations only.These beachfront condos on Half Moon Bay have 2 bedrooms all w/ AC, full kitchens, living rooms, and patios or balconies overlooking the sea. Good snorkeling either in the bay or nearby Yalku Lagoon. Restaurants nearby.
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.
South Akumal| 2 to 4 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
Deluxe 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums on Jade bay! Just completed in 2012, these condos are luxurious with awesome Caribbean views, Jacuzzi's, private swimming pools, top notch interiors, kayaks for cruising the bay & more.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Enjoy these quiet beach front condos, each with AC, 2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and large balcony or patio overlooking the sea. Enjoy La Lunita Restaurant just to your south. You'll have swimming pool privileges next door, the lagoon is within walking distance. Sleeps 5
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Stay at the newest luxury condos for your vacation. Well-appointed 2 bedroom condos with a pool. Nahil Beachfront vacation rentals are located in Akumal on Half Moon Bay. Have everything you need to make your vacation great.
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.
Tulum Beach| 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Cute little beach house right on Tulum beach. This is a rare find as most accommodations are in boutique hotels. The casa can sleep up to 4 people. A cozy little gem for sure. Alternate energy and ecofriendly accommodations.
North Akumal| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Beach level condos on Half Moon Bay w/ AC, full kitchens, living rooms, and patios or balconies overlooking the sea. Good snorkeling either in the bay or nearby Yalku Lagoon. Restaurants nearby.
South Akumal| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
This deluxe beachfront villa has 4 bedrooms with air conditioning, a beachside pool, two kitchens & lots of space inside & out. A rooftop deck has an incredible Caribbean views. Sleeps 8
Tulum Beach| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
This romantic vacation rental faces the Caribbean sea on a beautiful part of Tulum Beach. Surrounded by tropical gardens, palm trees and open blue sky, you will instantly shift from work to life the second you place your bags on the floor.
Tankah Bay – Tulum| 8 Beds | 5 Bath
Beautiful, spacious beachfront 5 bedroom villa on the northwest corner of Tankah Bay. Fully equipped vacation rental with swimming pool, full kitchen, multiple living spaces inside and out, kayaks, some complimentary services.