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
Sian Ka’an – Tulum| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
Luxurious home situated within the magical Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on one of the most beautiful pristine beaches in the area. The house is fully equipped and includes cook service, maid, laundry, gardener and more by a wonderful Mayan couple who are the on site staff.
Get Free Nights in 2017 plus meal plan credit! Puerto Aventuras| 14 Beds | 14 Bath
Don’t want to settle for anything but the best? Featuring 4-12 custom designed luxurious Suites, 12 baths, private tennis court, chef services, beach front swimming pool and more… Click to see other ‘perks’ of staying at Hacienda Magica!
Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
El Faro Hotel (the Lighthouse) is more than just a landmark. This exclusive beachfront all-suite condo hotel offers the best of the beach. Fully equipped 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with full kitchen, large pool, restaurant, perfect central location. Sleeps 2-6 people
SPECIAL! 30% off through Nov 15! North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Vista Del Mar offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Each with full kitchen, living room and dining area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool, restaurant and dive shop are on premises. Great views.
Puerto Aventuras| 14 Beds | 10 Bath
Free Nights in 2017! Meal Plan Special Offer! This exceptional beach front Hacienda style villa on Puerto Aventuras main beach has 10 air conditioned bedrooms, pool, WiFi wireless Internet, satellite TV and lots of luxurious living space. Sleeps up to 24 people
Mahahual| 2 Beds | 1 Bath
One of Mahahual’s best hotels 5-10 minutes south of town with comfortable rooms, beach, 24 hour electric, breakfast included. Natural setting, common to see egrets and pelicans. Activities include snorkeling/diving/fishing and some tours
Maroma Beach – Puerto Morelos| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
A long jungle road takes you to a quiet beach in a secluded part of the Rivera Maya. Once you step on the hotel grounds, you know you are in a special place.
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
This eco-comfy, 2-level bungalow is located a minute’s walk from the fine Soliman bay beach, near Tulum. With 2 bedrooms (including a Bali-style master suite), 2 baths and a well-equipped kitchen it is an ideal getaway for couples and families of 4.
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
These beach front condos on Half Moon Bay have 1 or 2 bedrooms all w/ AC, full kitchens, living rooms, and patios or balconies overlooking the sea. Good snorkelling either in the bay or nearby Yalku Lagoon. Restaurants nearby.
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.
Deep discounts and free nights this Fall. 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| 6 Beds | 5 Bath
Casa Chic is a beachfront villa located within Rancho San Eric on the southern end of beautiful Tulum beach. This is a semi-private stretch of pure white sand just above the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a protected 1.3 million acre reserve.