The photos don’t lie. The Mexican Caribbean is that blue, and the beach sand is that dazzlingly white. With 72 miles (116 km) of beach stretching along the Caribbean coastline, Riviera Maya 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.
Beach areas in the Riviera Maya are public spaces bursting with activities. If you are looking for evening beach activities under an 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-worshippers 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.
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.
Akumal really is the jewel of the coastline. Once a secret, Akumal has become a popular beach destination in the Riviera Maya. Located 100 km (62 miles) south of Cancún, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this quaint beach town boasts some of the finest white sand beaches in the Riviera Maya with lots of natural palm tree shade.
When you strip a Caribbean vacation down to the basics, it should be about sand, sea, sun and having a super-great time. This is exactly what you’ll find at Paamul beach. You'll have a great beach day here with snorkeling, diving or kayaking. enjoy ceviche, tacos and a cerveza at the beachfront restaurant. Locals and visitors enjoy this beach so check it out for yourself.
Playacar is a gated resort community on the south-side of Playa del Carmen. This residential and all-inclusive resort area offers a long stretch of beach for resort guests and visitors vacationing in the vacation homes and condos of the subdivision. All Mexican beaches are public, but we have outlined some unwritten rules that apply to beaches in Playacar. We encourage you to go, just know the lay of the land.
Two miles of white powdery sand make the beaches of Playa del Carmen a hot spot in anyone's book. Enjoy the sunshine at one of the trendy beach clubs or meet up with seasoned Playa visitors on the central beach. Either spot provides ample opportunity to people-watch on the shores of this popular Caribbean destination. Looking for more than the sun? Water sports are in abundance and easy to reserve right on the beach!
Puerto Aventuras, rightly renowned for its marina, has some lovely beaches that can be enjoyed during your stay. With few vacationers knowing about the beaches of Puerto Aventuras, you will have the shore of the Caribbean to yourself or at least feel like you have it to yourself. Fmailies like the intimacy felt on these beaches that provide a great playground for children.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Puerto Morelos is slowing growing into a favored destination in the Riviera Maya. Visitors love the feeling of simpler days and old Mexico charm in Puerto Morelos. This sea-side village has one of the finest and largest stretches of pristine beaches in the Riviera Maya that is easily accessed from the center of village.
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 Riviera Maya. The beaches are wild, unadulterated and conjure up images of Robinson Crusoe or, the more modern castaway, Tom Hanks with his friend Wilson. Explore miles of white sand on these picturesque beaches.
You won’t find out about Soliman Bay Beach from travel brochures or tourist guides. This off-the-beaten-track beach destination has remained Riviera Maya’s best-kept secret for a long time. This secluded beach spot is perfect for a you to take stroll, snorkel the reef or just get away from it all by lying under a palm tree.
Sheltered from the noise of civilization by lush mangrove jungle and protected from waves by an outer reef break, Tankah beach is a wonderful place for you to relax, sunbathe and explore the exotic underwater life. This beach is very different from its neighbor, Soliman Bay. Check out the beaches of Tankah and the adjacent cenote, Cenote Manatee, a mangrove cenote that is full of underwater life.
Without a doubt, Tulum’s wide, pearly-white sandy beaches helped to put the Riviera Maya on the world-tourism map. Located around 145 km (75 miles) south of Cancun, this once sleepy beach outpost has become a fashionable, yet low-key, escape for families and couples alike. Enjoy long stretches of uninterrupted beach, chill beach clubs or small pieces of paradise in this heavenly location.
If you’d like to experience what the fine Caribbean beaches were like before the Riviera Maya became a hot spot for Hollywood stars, honeymooners and vacationers, head to X’cacel beach. It's the #1 beach where turtles go, and a local favorite! Nestled away in a remote location, enjoy soft sand beaches, a small freshwater cenote and off shore snorkeling that is accessible from the shore.
One of the secret beaches and local hangouts of the Riviera Maya is Xpu Ha beach. Located just south of Puerto Aventuras, Xpu Ha is a delight for beach lovers looking for that Caribbean post card scene. Wade out into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and be swept away by the freedom of the sea. Beachside restaurants offer fresh fish tacos and ice cold beer making Xpu Ha beach an easy place to put your beach chair for the day.