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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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Be Playa Boutique Hotel
Be Playa hotel, Playa del Carmen
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...
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Bric Hotel & Spa
Bric Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya
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 ...
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El Taj ocean front
El Taj Ocean Front, Playa del Carmen hotel condos, Riviera Maya
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! The essence of the sophisticated luxury and peaceful simplicity of Riviera Maya and hip Playa del Carmen is captured perfectly in the...
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El Taj
El Taj, Playa del Carmen hotel condos, Riviera Maya Mexico
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! Deluxe condo/hotel just across the street from Playa del Carmen main beach. Enjoy a luxurious interior, 1-3 bedrooms, AC, WiFi, full...
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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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Casa Iich-Naj
Casa Iich Naj, Playa del Carmen rental home, Playacar
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...
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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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