Beautiful Beaches in Playa del Carmen - Live Like a Local
Live Like a Local with Playa del Carmen Beaches Guide from Investment Properties Mexico - Discover Beautiful Beaches in Maroma, Mamitas, Xpuha & More

Local Beaches

Maroma Beach

Considered one of the nicest beaches in the world, Maroma beach is located in a mostly unpopulated, highly exclusive area a bit north of Playa towards Cancun. This elite area of Playa is also home to a very high-end exclusive hotel and the beach is sparsely populated, with long stretches of unspoiled sand and sea. There is also an activity center within Maroma beach where you can sign up for all types of tours, including fishing, snorkeling, sailing, ATVs, horseback riding, parasailing and more. When thirst and hunger strikes, there is also a bar and restaurant located in the sand right on the beach.

Address A bit north of Playa del Carmen.

Xcalacoco Beach

South of Maroma and still a bit north of Playa proper, Xcalacoco beach is a bit more like the Playa del Carmen of yesteryear. Even though the Viceroy and a few other resorts are located here, it remains a wonderfully quiet beach, with a small number of visitors and just a few local restaurants (think plastic chairs in the sand). Take note, Xcalacoco beach is a bit rocky on the way in.

Address Just north of Playa proper.

Coco Beach

Coco Beach will be the heart of Playa del Carmen’s new hotel zone and is quieter than Playa proper. The location is ideal for those who want to remain close to downtown but still maintain some distance from the action. The water is usually quite flat here and makes for great stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or just playing with the kids. There’s also a great beach club, restaurant and bar here called Canibal Royale.

Address North of 48th and south of Grand Coral.
  • Mamita’s
  • Mamita’s
  • Mamita’s
  • Mamita’s

Mamita’s

If you want to dance the day (and night) away to fantastic DJ’s on the beach with a beautiful international crowd, than Mamita’s beach is for you. Located in the north end of Playa proper, the namesake Mamita’s beach club is located here, along with several others. This is where you come to see and be seen, so be sure to bring your best beachwear and get ready to have a fantastic time! This is a gorgeous - not to mention famous - beach, but the atmosphere is more about the beach club and music than its natural beauty.

Address North end of Playa proper.
  • Downtown
  • Downtown
  • Downtown
  • Downtown
  • Downtown

Downtown

Running parallel to the famous shopping, entertainment and dining pedestrian-only district of 5th Avenue, the Downtown beach in Playa del Carmen is flanked by numerous restaurants, hotels and condo developments along its entire length, which runs from the Cozumel ferry terminal in the south, to the Real Playa hotel in the north. The beach scene here is always quite busy, but it’s great for people watching or just taking a break from shopping in Playa. At the south end, just north of the ferry terminal, the Downtown beach gets quieter and there is a big sand park with a fun pirate playground for the kids.

Address Parallel to 5th Avenue, from Av. Juarez to Av. Constituyentes.
  • Playacar Phase I
  • Playacar Phase I
  • Playacar Phase I
  • Playacar Phase I

Playacar Phase I

Just south of the Cozumel ferry terminal and Playa proper is a fantastic beach inside the well-established, highly exclusive neighborhood of Playacar Phase I. Featuring multi-million dollar mansions lining the pristine white sand overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this is a quiet area with a small number of upscale visitors, making it a great quiet place to hang out if you can convince them to let you in the gate!

Address Just south of the Cozumel ferry terminal.
  • Playacar Phase II
  • Playacar Phase II
  • Playacar Phase II
  • Playacar Phase II

Playacar Phase II

The beach at Playacar Phase II is situated south of Playcar Phase I and the Cozumel ferry terminal. This bustling beachfront area lies just to the south of downtown Playa del Carmen and is mostly comprised of a number of enormous, all-inclusive hotel complexes lining its sands, so the beach is not really accessible, except through the hotels themselves.

Address South of Playacar Phase I
  • Punta Venado
  • Punta Venado
  • Punta Venado
  • Punta Venado
  • Punta Venado

Punta Venado

Follow the relatively “long” and bumpy road located just south of Xcaret park to get to Punta Venado beach, which is situated on a large open bay and features a single beach club at the southernmost end, horseback riding and ATV options. Most of the beach is a beautiful stretch of perfectly empty white sand and is is great for snorkeling just off the shore, but at the south point where the beach club is located it gets a bit rockier. There is also a great snorkel spot in the north part of the bay at Punta Venado, but you have to swim out a short distance into the warm Caribbean waters in order to reach it it.

Address 15 minutes south of downtown Playa.
  • Paamul
  • Paamul
  • Paamul
  • Paamul
  • Paamul

Paamul

Visit the beachfront “trailer park” of the Riviera Maya, located just 10 minutes south of downtown Playa del Carmen in the village of Paamul. The beach here is sandy enough, but the sand is not very deep, and it is somewhat rocky out front, but great for snorkeling, spearfishing and scuba diving. There is also a restaurant on the beach and a “hut” where you can get inexpensive massages and other spa treatments.

Address Just south of Playa proper.
  • Xpuha
  • Xpuha
  • Xpuha

Xpuha

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, Xpuha beach lies about 15 minutes south of Playa, just south of Puerto Aventuras. With deep white white sand that feels amazing and the bluest clearest waterfronts, Xpuha beach is situated on a gorgeous but low-key bay. The high-end Esencia resort is located here at the north end of the beach, along with a local restaurant and kite club on the south end. There is a larger hotel, the Catalonia, in the middle but you never seem to notice unless you walk right in front of it. Xpuha beach also happens to be a big favorite of all the locals in the area (just don’t tell anyone, please!).

Address 25 minutes south of Playa proper.
  • Akumal
  • Akumal
  • Akumal
  • Akumal
  • Akumal

Akumal

Just 20 minutes south of downtown Playa lies the stunningly beautiful bays and beaches of Akumal. Here, the southern bay is famous because visitors are usually able to swim with sea turtles, and no, they are not captive! They just love this area so much that it’s practically a given that you will get to swim with them here if you simply put on a snorkel mask. Akumal also features a long, white-sand beach with a restaurant flanking the main south bay where the turtles can be found, while the north bay is flanked by expensive homes, condos and a few restaurants, with a rockier beach that is great for snorkeling and super shallow all the way to the break water.

Address 30 minutes south of Playa proper.
  • Xcacel/Xcacelito

Xcacel/Xcacelito

Home to the area’s most important sea turtle nesting sites, Xcacel and Xcacelito beaches are open to the public between 9am and 5pm for a donation of your choice. There are no public facilites here, but the beach is quite beautiful and usually empty, with a jungle path that leads to a cenote, along with the possibility of some small surfable waves. Xcacel and Xcacelito beaches are located just south of Chemuyil and north of the exits to Xelha, but the sign is small so pay attention.

Address 40 minutes south of Playa.
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