Find Sandy Shores in the Resort Community of Playacar
Playacar is a gated resort community on the south-side of Playa del Carmen. This residential and all-inclusive resort area offers a long stretch of beach for resort guests and visitors vacationing in the vacation homes and condos of the subdivision. All Mexican beaches are public, but we have outlined some unwritten rules that apply to beaches in Playacar. We encourage you to go, just know the lay of the land.
Pure White Sandy Beaches That Will Take You as Far as You Want To Go
Playacar beach starts on the south side of the ferry dock to Cozumel in Playa del Carmen and runs along the entire length of the Playacar neighborhood.
The Playacar beachfront is always changing, due to seasonal trade winds and currents. There are some areas of the beach where the stretches of sand are wide, and others areas where the warm waters of the Caribbean stop just a few feet away from the beach umbrellas. Despite these changes, and they are unpredictable, there are many great places to put your beach chair or beach towel and enjoy the day.
The Lay of the Land on The Playacar Beach
It is important to note that many of the Playacar beach areas are reserved for guests staying at all-inclusive Playacar resorts, condos and beachfront properties. If you see beach chairs on the sand in Playacar, this is a clear indication that this area is reserved for guests of the community, not passersby. Guests not affiliated with the resort, hotel or condo will be asked very graciously to find an alternative place to sit . To avoid this potentially embarrassing moment, move a bit to the south or the north of the beach chairs. This slight shift will also provide you with more privacy and less interruptions during your quiet beach time.
Take a stroll north along the beach in Playacar and you will find yourself stumbling upon the vibrant and cosmopolitan beaches of Playa del Carmen. Head south past the all-inclusive resorts and you will find more isolated, secluded beach areas nestled in between large rocks. Discover Inah beach where you will find great swimming, snorkeling and very private beaches in this small bay area. The distance is great but the reward is even greater!
There is minimal outer reef break to shelter Playacar beaches from the big ocean waves. In calm weather this part of the Caribbean is great for swimming and snorkeling, but on the windy days it’s better to stick to beachcombing or shallow wading. Playacar beaches are just south of protection from the Island of Cozumel, so the seas are more turbulent during high wind days. Take a break and move to the central or northern Playa del Carmen beaches to avoid large waves
A Word to the Wise: Playacar Beaches
- Footwear is not required in most areas for water entry
- Snorkeling and good swimming are recommended when seas are calm
- The beach areas and beach chairs in front of the all-inclusive resorts, villas and condos in Playacar are not for public use
- There is minimal outer reef break
- Playacar does not have public restaurants on the beach so bring your own snacks and water
Stay Close By
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
Perfect for families seeking a home-like ambiance, elegant decor and only three bedrooms. Just 2 blocks off the beach in Playacar Phase 1. This home has a pool, air conditioning and a rooftop lounge area with grill. Fully equipped kitchen. Sleeps 6 people.
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!
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
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!)
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
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.
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 2 to 3 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
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.
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
Villa Alborada is a three bedroom, three bathroom oceanfront villa with a private pool in Playacar. What we love about Playacar is it’s proximity to 5th Avenue for restaurants and shopping, but the seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Playacar – Playa del Carmen| 1-3 Beds | 1-3 Bath
Xaman Ha Condominiums are a perfect option for travelers and families with children who want to make seaside memories in the Riviera Maya in the ease of familiar surroundings and the safety of a gated community. Deluxe accommodations in 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units, each with an ocean view, are available for rental.