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
Xpu Ha Beach – Puerto Aventuras | 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Step into another world when you stay at Serenity Eco-Luxury Tented Camp . Safari-style tent camping allows you to connect with nature. Each room is equipped with a King or Queen-sized bed, modern bathroom with a shower, wifi, and air conditioning.
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.
Sian Ka'an – Tulum| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
This all inclusive villa has it all. The sunrise over the Caribbean Sea, sunsets over the freshwater lagoon, 100 meters of private beach and a rooftop offering 360 degree views of a UNESCO nature reserve.
Villa Dolphin – Playa Paraiso | 4 Beds | 5 Bath
Deluxe, luxurious 5 bedroom beach front villa on beautiful Playa Paraiso between Mayan Palace and Iberostar all-inclusive resorts. You will love the chef’s gourmet kitchen, infinity ocean side pool and built-in bar area to service the swimming pool. Great for family vacations.
North Akumal| 5 Beds | 3 Bath
25% off new stays until Nov 22nd 2019! Nikte Ha Unit 3 is an expansive three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit that includes gorgeous contemporary design and modern details throughout. It comfortably accommodates up to eight guests, making it an exceptional option for a family or small group.
Tankah Bay| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
It’s the picture postcard view that you will see when looking at Tankah Bay through the two-story high windows of Casa Paloma. This splendid four-bedroom beach front villa is a rare jewel that rises over the soft white sands of Tankah Tres.
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.
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
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 condo rentals 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with full kitchen, large pool, restaurant, perfect central location. Sleeps 2-6 people
South Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Some of the most popular condos in Akumal. Deluxe 2 condominiums on Jade bay. These upscale condos are luxurious with awesome Caribbean views, Jacuzzi’s, private swimming pools, top-notch interiors, kayaks for cruising the bay & more.
North Akumal| 1 Beds | 1 Bath
Nikte Luxury Studio is a slice of tropical paradise nestled between the mangroves and Akumal’s Half Moon Bay. This spacious studio perfect for solo travelers, two guests, or a large group looking for a little extra room.