The world is beautiful because of its natural diversity.
This belief also holds true for the lovely beaches along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Each beach has its own fascinating landscape and unique features.
When planning the best beach vacation for you, take the following types of beaches into consideration so that you can match the geography of the world with the geography of your heart.
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to many soft, sandy beaches with rolling dunes, perfect for laying out in the sun and splashing in the turquoise waters. These beaches are usually the most popular among travelers looking for an easy, beach getaway. It’s also where you’ll find most of the larger resorts and beach clubs.
Pro: Soft Caribbean sand, which is mainly made of coral so it never gets too hot for your feet.
Con: Soft sand results from the hard, pounding of waves that erode coral on the shore. This often means more surf and less to view underwater.
Check out: Holbox, Tulum, Playa del Secreto, Playa Del Carmen, Playa Maroma, Playa Paraiso, Xpu Ha
There’s the rocky shoreline with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. This is an ideal beach experience for those who want to enjoy the ocean from a different perspective.
Rocky shore beaches are a sweet haven if you love the soothing sounds of the ocean, the feel of a cool breeze on your skin, and admiring the beauty of deep blue sea from a more private and secluded location.
Pro: Privileged view from a unique location where you’ll enjoy such privacy unlike anywhere else.
Con: Entering the water directly from here so you may have to take a short 5 -10 minute walk to access the beach.
Check out: Central Akumal, Punta Sur, Half Moon Bay, Tankah Bay
The Riviera Maya is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. As such, it features beaches where you can walk straight into the water and enjoy the best offshore snorkeling right at your door.
These beaches have sandy shores. However, upon entering the water you will find coral rocks as pieces of coral break off and wash ashore.
Hybrid beaches are often residential areas consisting of private villas, condos or small boutique hotels.
Pro: You’ll be able to walk straight into the water and swim in the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
Con: You may have to wear water shoes should you not be comfortable walking on small coral rocks.
Check out: South Akumal, Jade Bay, Soliman Bay, Tankah Bay, Half Moon Bay, Tulum
Knowing which type of beach terrain suits you best is one of the first steps in planning your perfect beach vacation. Want more information about where to stay and what to do? Explore our website, ask Paulina our concierge, or contact our Reservations Crew.