Discover the best beaches in the Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya is one of the top destinations in the world for beaches. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, you can find beaches with restaurants, music, and cocktails where you can kick back sunbathe, and enjoy life. There are even pristine beaches where you can still swim alongside sea turtles. What’s certainly true is that with the sun, azure waters, and white sand, you won’t be disappointed. Get to know our choice of the 10 best Rivera Maya beaches you’ll fall in love with.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya is Playa Maroma, located in the town of Punta Maroma between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. This is a private beach, but you can purchase a day pass and enjoy a full day on this beach. You surely won’t regret it; it’s one of the most beautiful in the area. What’s more, the day pass includes food, drinks, and some water activities.
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
Playa Norte is exactly like the image of the Caribbean you have in mind: crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white sand. It’s located on Isla Mujeres, the famous Mexican island close to Cancún. At this beach, the water is very shallow, so it’s ideal for snorkeling or enjoying a long walk in the sea.
One of the best things about it are that it has all types of services for tourists, such as restaurants and water activities. Also, it’s easy to access. Another secret is that it’s one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya to see the sunset. As it’s located on the West Coast, the views of the sunset are exceptional.
Holbox, flamingo paradise
One of the best kept secrets of the Riviera Maya is the beautiful Holbox island, located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. This island, which forms part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, has a beach of the same name where the sky-blue waters are barely three feet deep and you can enjoy long walks on fine white sand.
One of the big draws of this beach is the variety of fauna that lives in its waters. Here, it’s easy to spot sea turtles, tropical fish, and even flamingos, which are an icon of Holbox.
Akumal, turtle beach
Akumal, located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, was one of the first beaches and tourist areas in the Mexican Caribbean. It’s no wonder: sugar sand, turquoise water, coconut palms, margaritas… What more can you ask for?
Very popular among the locals, this place is also known as playa de las tortugas, or turtle beach, as various species of turtles live and lay their eggs here. With a little bit of luck, you’ll spot one of these majestic animals swimming.
Xpu-Ha is another gem of the Riviera Maya. Located 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen, it’s considered one of the best beaches as it’s still a relatively untouched area. Here you can find restaurants, cocktail bars, and services for water activities, but as it’s far from hotels and resorts, it has a calm, tranquil vibe. In addition to the beach, Xpu-Hu is a nature reserve with mangroves and coral reefs, so it’s perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
Keep in mind that all accesses are private, so you’ll have to purchase a day pass to be able to enjoy this area. But not to worry, you won’t be let down!
Playa Paraíso, Tulum
Another of the most beautiful beaches not only in the Riviera Maya but in the entire world is Playa Paraíso, or Paradise Beach, in Tulum. You’ve probably seen it many times; it’s just below the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons why it’s so special. What’s more, the quality of its waters and its white sands make it, like its name says, a true piece of heaven on Earth. Kick back and sunbathe, but don’t forget to save some time in the afternoon to discover all there is to do in Tulum.
Beaches of Sian Ka’an
If you want wild, untouched beaches or want a day at the beach far from the hustle and bustle of tourists, the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve is just what you’re looking for. Here, you can reconnect with nature among idyllic beaches, mangroves, and jungles that have hardly been touched by man. What’s more, its variety of fauna and nature means that you can discover the great biodiversity of species in the area.
Playa Mamitas, Playa del Carmen
Playa Mamitas is one of the most popular beaches in Playa del Carmen. It’s very close to the iconic Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue. It’s the perfect beach to go to with friends and family. There are restaurants and bars of all types: some have music and dancing and others are more family friendly, with beach chairs you can relax on. The blue waters are very shallow, so you can swim without having to worry about any dangers or waves. After visiting Playa Mamitas, you’ll surely want your vacation to last forever.
Puerto Morelos beach
Another of the most famous destinations in Quintana Roo is Puerto Morelos, a charming former fishing village. It’s located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. In addition to its dream-like beaches, what really makes this place special is the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, which is part of the second largest coral barrier reef in the world. Don’t forget your goggles and flippers and get ready to dive among fascinating turtles, sponges, and sea fans.
Another thing you cannot miss in Puerto Morelos is its cuisine, especially the fish and seafood.
Xcacel beach, in Chemuyil
Like Xpu-Ha, Xcacel is a protected nature reserve and another untouched beach on the Riviera Maya. It’s also one of the destinations that turtles most prefer for laying their eggs. This beach doesn’t have restaurants or any other type of service; it’s pure nature. Here there’s only the sound of the waves and the sea breeze. What’s more, Xcacelito, one of the best sinkholes in the Riviera Maya, is very close.
To enjoy the Riviera Maya to the max, it’s best to stay at a hotel that lives up to its beaches. The Senator Riviera Cancún Spa Resort is a fabulous 5-star resort located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. It will open in spring 2020. It has more than 20 dining options, an adults-only area, a spa, a fitness center, and numerous sports facilities. It’s 14 sky high slides make it one of the most impressive water parks on the Riviera Maya. The Senator Rivera Cancún Spa Resort is the best resort for discovering the secrets of Cancún and the Riviera Maya!