Playa del Carmen Beach

Miles of beach in a trendy Riviera Maya beach town

The beaches in Playa del Carmen are not as tranquil as other Riviera Maya towns, but Playa’s great location, hip beach life and long stretch of beaches puts it at the top of a dream vacation list. Beach clubs, beach hotels and beachfront condos share the shores of Playa del Carmen making these beaches the public place to be during day. When the sunrises, beach goers are on it, picking their favorite spot and getting ready for an all day beach session. When the sun starts to set, the crowds move to 5th Ave for dinner and join up again for some beachfront nightlife. The beach is the center of Playa’s activity and there is lots to do. Everyone makes sure of that! For a full description of Playacar beaches please check our details of this stretch beach to the south of the Playa del Carmen Central beach. It is worth mentioning its features independently!

Central Playa beach and North Playa beach

The 2-mile white sand beach of Playa del Carmen is divided into two areas; Central Playa del Carmen beach and North Playa del Carmen beach. The symbolic division point is the second ferry pier located at the bottom of Av. Constituyentes, a main traffic route into the city. The feel is very different on each beach, with ‘Old Playa’ felt on the central beach and ‘Trending Playa’ felt on the north beach.

The Central Playa del Carmen beach was the first beach developed in the city. Here you’ll find the Ferry dock to Cozumel, numerous beach clubs, restaurants, dive shops and water sport vendors offering a wide range of fun water activities. There are also a number of snorkeling, dive and fishing boats ready to take you out at the bottom of 14th Street. Popular beach clubs owned by long-time Playa residents are Zenzi, Fusion, and Wah Wah’s.

North Playa del Carmen is known as the location of Mamitas Beach Club and Canibal Royal, two trendy beach clubs with DJ’s, dancing and beach beds. Great food, large beachside pools and music sets these area of Playa del Carmen apart from the central area. The evenings are quiet on this beach, but the days are full of visitors and locals enjoying talked about beach vacations in paradise.

What many Playa del Carmen visitors love about this city is the diversity of beach vibes. We are not sure if anyone gets tired of the beach, and from the look of the daily activity that goes on, we don’t think anyone does. With so many venues to entertain you and over 2 miles of beach to discover in the city limits, (there are more beaches just outside the city limits within walking distance), there is more entertaining than one could hope for.

A Word to the Wise: Playa del Carmen Beach

  • This beach has mostly pure fine sand with some exposed limestone
  • Snorkeling can be done from shore at Coco Beach but it is recommended to snorkel with a tour
  • Snorkeling and swimming is recommended when seas are calm
  • There is little outer reef break but great protection from the Island of Cozumel making Playa del Carmen a place of tranquil seas

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Las Palapas

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A wide selection of AC rooms (from ocean front bungalows to superior garden rooms), the closeness to Playa del Carmen's 5th Ave and modern amenities, including 2 on-site restaurants, a beach front...
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Casas del Sol Altavista

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Spacious, elegant villa with pool just 2 minutes from beautiful Playacar beach in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy the privacy of vacationing in exclusive Playacar Phase 1 beach front residential area. The...
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The Elements

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Luxury beach front condominiums in North Playa del Carmen offer deluxe 2 bedroom units, fully equipped kitchen, living and dining rooms, ocean view terrace. All face the Caribbean view over the beach...
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Casas del Sol Vista

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Do you have a large family or group? This beach house in perfect for up to 16 people in 8 bedrooms, just off the beach in exclusive Playacar Phase 1. Enjoy full AC, deluxe interior, king & queen...
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The Pelicano Inn

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Magia Condominiums

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Being one of the newest vacation properties in Playa del Carmen, Magia Condos 2 and 3 bedroom units that are modern, elegant and equipped with high-quality amenities. Each unit has access to the...
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Le Reve Hotel Spa

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Boutique 25 room beach front hotel on lovely Xcalacoco beach, 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. All rooms have AC, just steps from the beach. Large pool. Luxury services. Restaurant & bar....
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Porto Playa

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Featuring 21 modern condominiums, 5-star hotel service, and an impressive 70 foot long pool complex. Each condominium is tastefully decorated, featuring solid mahogany cabinetry, smooth marble...
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