The Mexican Caribbean coast attracts visitors from all over the world to explore crystal clear waters and sun-worship on some of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve managed to pick our top five beaches on the Mayan Riviera; from lively spots with beach clubs and live music, to peaceful, out of the way places for those looking to escape it all. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find a beach to suit you around Playa del Carmen.
1. Mamitas Beach, Playa del Carmen
Just down the road from the Snorkel Shop is our very own Mamitas beach; a beautiful stretch of white sand bright turquoise water. It is a popular spot to relax at the various beach clubs, and is also home to a several great events throughout the year, such as the electronic music festival, BPM. Surrounded by shops, bars and eateries, Mamitas has great facilities and is easily accessible from the heart of town. It’s definitely ‘the place to be seen’ in Playa del Carmen.
Only 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen is the sleepy residential village of Paamul. The quiet bay is open to the public and has a small reef. This peaceful beach attracts families and people looking to escape the crowds in exchange for quiet relaxation.
This natural, rugged beach south of Playa del Carmen is great for body-surfing and iguana spotting. It also has a small cenote filled with fish, accessed by a path through the mangroves. Xcacel is the most underdeveloped beach around Playa del Carmen, known for its untouched natural beauty.
This lesser known beach is a hidden gem on the Mayan Riviera. Blindingly white sand, bright blue water and a few simple beach bars make this a great spot to hang out, especially on Saturday afternoons when a live band takes to the stage of La Playa beach club to entertain the chilled out crowd.
No visit to Playa del Carmen is complete without a day trip to Akumal beach, to snorkel with the sea turtles who feed in the shallow bay. There is also a small reef filled with colorful fish, rays, and even a resident barracuda! In between turtle spotting, relax under the shade of a palm tree, visit a beach front restaurant, or walk along the shore and spot silver fish darting through the translucent shallows.
The pristine coastline around Playa del Carmen is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. For more information on the area, or to arrange a snorkelling tour to the world’s second largest barrier reef, come in and see us, we are happy to help!