Playa del Carmen Beaches

The Hip ‘Playa’ of the Riviera Maya

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!

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 sports vendors offering a broad range of fun water activities. There are also some snorkeling, dive and fishing boats ready to take you out at the bottom of 14th Street. Favorite 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 this 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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Stay Close By

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    Central Playa del Carmen| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath

    BePlaya Boutique Hotel offers guests innovative contemporary designed accommodations in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Hotel guests are encouraged to just BE when staying at BePlaya, which is the mantra of this cosmopolitan hotel located just off 5th Ave.

  • Bric Hotel & Spa

    Bric Hotel & Spa

    Playa del Carmen – Center| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    A charming retreat right in the heart of Playa del Carmen. This boutique hotel has 15 suites. The location is absolutely ideal! You’re in a prime spot, just off famous 5th Avenue, in the vibrant  little city of Playa del Carmen.

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    Casa Cho Hom Beach House

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
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  • Casa Iich-Naj Vacation Rental House Playa del Carmen Playacar

    Casa Iich-Naj

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
    Relax and refresh your senses at this extraordinary vacation home in Playacar! Located near downtown Playa del Carmen, this beautiful home is spacious and fully-equipped. When you stay here, you’re less than a 10-minute walk to famous 5th Avenue, the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Playa. But you’re in a serene and secure area, which means you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

  • Casa Jalach-Naj Vacation Rentals Playacar Playa del Carmen

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    From the moment you walk in the beautifully carved front door of this home, you know it’s special. It’s modern and at the same time has great Mayan and Mexican nuances. (Like brick domed ceilings and candelabra chandeliers. It should get top points for blending ambiance with practicality!)

  • Casa Maeva Playacar beach vacation rental

    Casa Maeva

    Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
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  • Casa Model is a beautiful villa for rent in Riviera Maya , Playa Del Carmen. View info, photos, rates here.

    Casa Model

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 8 Beds | 4 Bath
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  • Corto Maltes Condominiums Vacation Condos

    Corto Maltes Condominiums

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 2 Beds | 2 Bath
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  • Beach front vacation rental condos El Faro Playa del Carmen

    El Faro Beachfront Condo Hotel

    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

  • El Taj Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen condohotels

    El Taj Condo Hotel

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
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    El Taj Ocean Front Condos

    Special promotions for our guests! Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
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  • Hacienda San Jose Condominiums

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