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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

LocoGringo suggests these great vacation spots:

Corto Maltes
Corto Maltes, Playa del Carmen condos, vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Deluxe 2 bedroom condos right on Playa del Carmen main beach and Calle 10 in Central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy full AC, luxurious interiors, Flat TV/satellite, DVD, ocean view balcony/terrace. Sleeps 4
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Maya Villa Condo Hotel
Maya Villa Condo Hotel, Playa del Carmen vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! With a perfect location between 5th Av. and the beach, this combination condo/hotel facility is one of the the best in town. Enjoy 1,...
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Casa Model
Casa Model, Playa del Carmen rental home, Riviera Maya
A luxurious private retreat in the vibrant heart of Playa del Carmen. Explore to your heart’s content—within an easy stroll to the best dining, nightlife, shopping in the city. Located half a...
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Porto Playa
Porto Playa condos, Playa del Carmen vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! Featuring 21 modern condominiums, 5-star hotel service, and an impressive 70 foot long pool complex. Each condominium is tastefully...
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Paseo del Sol Condominiums
Paseo del Sol, Playa del Carmen Condo Rentals
A luxury condo complex in the upscale gated community of Playacar! This fantastic, first-class vacation destination is just across the street from the beach, in an exclusive golfing community.
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Casa Maeva
Casa Maeva, Playa del Carmen house rental, Playacar, Riviera Maya
Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath beach house across the street from a great Playacar beach. Enjoy full AC, equipped kitchen, pool, rooftop heated Jacuzzi, awesome views, WiFi Internet, Sat TV. Sleeps 8.
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Villas Sacbe
Villas Sacbe, Playa del Carmen condos, vacation rentals Riviera Maya, Mexico
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and tropical plants, Villas Sacbe is a luxury condominium complex with beautifully furnished 1...
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Petit Lafitte
Petit Lafitte, Playa del Carmen hotel, Xcalacoco, Riviera Maya
Private cabin-style bungalows and hotel rooms, is nestled right on the white sandy beach of Riviera Maya, just a few kilometers north of Playa del Carmen.  The 17 bungalows, nestled along the...
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