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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Mahahual Beach

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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

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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.

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  • casa canciones bungalows tulum on soliman bay

    Casa Canciones

    Soliman Bay| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
    Casa Canciones an excellent choice for one or two couples (one couple on each level), and honeymooners. Beautiful beach setting, superb view, a beautiful place to relax and forget about your daily routine. When rented together the bungalows allow a degree of privacy.

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    North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    SPECIAL for 2017! 7 nights for the price of 6. This beach front condo building on Half Moon Bay has a pool & spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos w/ either patio or balcony overlooking the Caribbean. All units have ceiling fans, kitchen & spacious living area. Restaurant onsite.

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    Casa Maeva

    New Years Special – $2,500 off  Weekly Rate Dec 30th to Jan 7th Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
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  • Sol Caribe Boutique Hotel and Bungalows

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    Hacienda Paraiso Tulum

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  • Luxury Vacation Rental in Akumal Villa Palmilla

    Villa Palmilla

    South Akumal – Jade Bay| 5 Beds | 3 Bath
    For those who appreciate the fine things, enjoy this spectacular beachfront villa with 3 luxurious bedrooms suites. Take in the million-dollar ocean view that opens up from the living and dining areas of the house. Large sliding doors disappear into the walls literally joining the stylish pool-side outdoor dining and living areas.

  • The Reef Condos

    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.

  • Exclusive Luxury Vacation Rental Villa Hacienda Caracol Tulum

    Hacienda Caracol

    20% Off Christmas Week! Soliman Bay| 12 Beds | 10 Bath
    Enjoy this magnificent beach front villa perfectly suited for larger groups who seek casual refinement and luxury on soothing Soliman bay. Enjoy spaciousness, luxury and style in your own beach front castle! Feast your eyes on one of the finest villas on the coast.

  • Club Akumal Caribe Hotel

    Central Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath

    A Snorkeler’s and sun worshiper’s paradise, this Akumal hotel offers oceanfront hotel rooms and bungalows with AC, a private bathroom (great water pressure), a small fridge, a safe and either a terrace or a balcony. A swimming pool, dive center, restaurant and snack bar are on site.

  • Vacation Rental and Wedding Destination Villa Bellamar Akumal

    Bellamar Luxury Villa

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 13 Beds | 17 Bath
    Enjoy a spectacular, modern villa that combines the services of a 5-star beachfront resort, the spaciousness of a palace and the privacy and comfort of a tropical beach home. Every possible ‘feature’ that you and your guests can wish for are at Bellamar.

  • Villa Tres Delfines in Tulum on Soliman Bay

    Villa Tres Delfines

    Soliman Bay – Tulum| 5 Beds | 4 Bath

    This beach house has a pool with a waterfall cascade and built-in barbecue. Enjoy panoramic sea views from 2 upper decks, private beach tanning & kayak for exploring the bay. Full kitchen, living/dining room and 4 great bedrooms. Sleeps 8.

 

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