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The 10 most beautiful beaches in Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.

Playa del Carmen is undoubtedly famous because of its beaches, but, which are the most beautiful beaches in Riviera Maya and the Mexican Caribbean? The answer depends on personal taste, but here you will have 10 excellent options for you to decide:

Mapa de ubicación de las playas.

Beaches location map.

1. Playa Paraíso, Tulum.

Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by different publications, Playa Paraíso is located just a couple of kilometers south of the Tulum archeological site. White beaches of soft sand, gentle waves, and a strong blue turquoise water that makes this beach a real Paraíso (paradise).

Playa Paraíso, Tulum. Fotografía de Diriye Amey, licencia Creative Commons.

Playa Paraíso, Tulum. CC. By Diriye Amey.

Location map.

2. Playa/Punta Moroma.

Going 15 kilometer (9 miles) north of Playa del Carmen you will find Playa Maroma, a peaceful beautiful beach with increasing tourist services. Even several resorts are located around it, the beach is still spacious and well preserved. Spas, horse trips, swimming with dolphins, kayaking and snorkeling are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Location map.

3. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres.

Playa Norte is a jewel of the Caribbean with crystal-clear water, long walkable space into the sea and gorgeous sunsets. It has a big variety of tourist services, easy access and options for any budget.

Playa Norte, en Isla Mujeres, Cancún. Fotografía de i_amici; licencia Creative Commons.

Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Cancun. CC. By i_amici.

4. Holbox.

With more than 35 kilometers (22 miles) of semi-virgin beaches, pretty natural landscapes and good services, Holbox is becoming more and more popular, even considering is not very easy to get there. Plus, here you can swim side by side with the majestic whale shark.

Playa en Holbox. Fotografía de PlayaCarmen.com.mx; DR.

Holbox beach. By RivieraMaya.mx.

5. Akumal.

Historically, this is the first tourist beach in the Mexican Caribbean, its name means “the turtles’ beach” because several spices of turtles choose this place to spawn. Akumal over the years has kept a balance between protecting its turtles and the environment and becoming a space of recreation and tranquility to its visitors.

Playa de Akumal. Fotografía de Serge Melki; Licencia Creative Commons.

Akumal beach. CC. By Serge Melki.

6. Xpu-ha.

Xpu-ha is a beach with noble water and low depth that allows activities for all the family. Xpu-ha is located just 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) south of Playa del Carmen, this is also a good example of a peaceful and well-preserved beach but with all kind of tourist services.

Panorámica de la playa Xpu-ha. Fotografía de Robert Pittman; Licencia Creative Commons.

Xpu-ha beach. CC. By Robert Pittman.

7. Sian Ka’an.

Sian Ka’an national park is one of the last semi-virgin corners in Riviera Maya. To get to these beaches is often not easy and sometimes even restricted. It isn’t considered a beach destination, but its beaches and the natural system around will give you an idea of how the Mexican Caribbean was before human intervention.

Sian Ka'an. Fotografía de David Cabrera; Licencia Creative Commons.

Sian Ka’an beach. CC. By David Cabrera.

8. Playa mamitas, Playa del Carmen.

If you want to party and socialize, Playa mamitas in Playa del Carmen is one of the best options in the whole Riviera. With constant events and the numerous beach clubs, you always will someone to share a drink or your travel expertise.

Playa Mamitas. Fotografía de Daniel Kwok; Licencia Creative Commons.

Mamitas beach. CC. By Daniel Kwok.

9. Mahahual.

Unlike other beaches, in Mahahual you will feel in another time, it’s a less decorated destination and with a more mexican vibe. Mahahual is the main destination of the called Costa Maya, at the south of Riviera Mara and is making its way into one of the best destinations in the mexican Caribbean.

Playa Mahahual Fotografía de descubriendoelmundo; Licencia Creative Commons.

Mahahual beach. CC. By descubriendoelmundo.

10. Chemuyil.

In a bay surrounded by jungle is Chemuyil, a super peaceful low-depth beach in the middle of Riviera Maya, ideal for diving, snorkeling, camping or for family vacation rentals. Very close to Chemuyil is Yunaan-Ha cenote, an excellent place to complete your experience.

Playa de Chmuyil. Fotografía de Juliane Schultz; Licencia Creative Commons.

Chmuyil beach. CC. By Juliane Schultz.

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  • In my last vacations I went Holbox with my wife. Holbox is a gorgeous place! There are plenty of places to lodge and enough places to visit for a whole week.
    Excellent place.
    Let’s take care of it.