7 Best Beaches Near Playa del Carmen

Boasting over a hundred kilometers of alabaster sand bordering the magnificent Caribbean Sea, the Mayan Riviera is home to some of the world’s top beaches. We have compiled a Top 7 list of the best beaches within forty-five minutes of Playa del Carmen. Each offers a unique setting and original experience, while all possess an extraordinary beauty that will take your breath away!


1) Mamitas Beach Club

(Calle 28 and the beach, Playa del Carmen)

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mamitas Beach Club is considered one of the liveliest and most popular beaches for the single twenty to forty something crowd. Every week, DJ’s from around the world travel to spin their pulsating beats at this posh bikini heaven.

Situated on this sultry beach is the headquarters of the world-famous BPM music festival, which is held yearly in January. Mamitas is also the main stage for many other celebrated festivals including Corona Elements and The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, to name a few. For a fee, beach-goers may revel in the sun and have access to sun beds, lounge chairs and food and premium drink service. A variety of water sports such as kite surf, paddle board, parasail, wave runner, and catamaran rentals are available.

2) Xpu-ha

 (20 minutes South of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307, just past the town of Puerto Adventuras)

A vast shoreline borders translucent waters in which you can wade out hundreds of feet while the water level remains at your hips.  A few eateries including the popular Al Cielo and La Playa, sporadically occupy the shore, but packing your beach chairs and picnic lunch is one of the best ways to enjoy the secluded beach of Xpu-ha. This rustic and less frequented paradise presents both the perfect setting for romance or a memorable family day at the beach.

Xpu Ha Beach

Xpu Ha by Robert Pittman

3) Akumal

(25 minutes South of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307)

The bay of Akumal is enclosed by the world’s second largest barrier reef and offers sublime snorkeling, diving and fishing opportunities. In fact, the Mayan name Akumal translates to ‘Place Of The Turtles.’  It is one of the few areas in the #MayanRiviera where you can swim with sea turtles year round.  Snorkel gear can be rented or diving excursions may be booked at the on-site dive shop. The calm, crystalline waters along the alabaster shore give you the illusion that you are swimming in a pool.  Bringing a cooler is allowed or there are several options to dine and enjoy a cool Caribbean cocktail while absorbing the captivating ocean views.

4) Maroma Beach

(20 minutes North of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307)

Maroma Beach Club is enticing with its ample stretch of powdery-soft sand and variety of beach activities. For a fee of $100 pesos, visitors have access to the beach loungers with umbrellas, the volleyball court, soccer balls and of course, the alluring blue-green sea. Courteous wait staff serve casual beachside treats such as cured fish ceviche, which goes hand in hand with a bucket of ice cold beer or lime margarita! For a truly rare experience, visitors can book a camelback ride through lush jungle trails and along the pristine shore.

5) Tulum

(Approximately 45 minutes South of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307)

A day trip to Tulum is certainly something to consider when spending time in the Mayan Riviera. Few locations in the world extend visitors the invitation to encounter such a magical scene as they splash in crystal clear waters with views of ancient archeological ruins in the distance.

There is a stretch of public beach to the left of the fork in the road, where you can set up your own cooler and chairs and enjoy the picturesque views. However, in either direction of the fork, there are boundless options for beach clubs and restaurants offering loungers with umbrellas, usually for a minimum purchase of food and drink. Ziggy’s, Rosa del Viento and La Vita e Bella are three top choice beachside clubs in this quaint, bohemian town.

6) Blue Venado

(5 minutes South of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307)

This tranquil piece of paradise is located on the shores of Punta Venado, a charming park boasting cenotes, horseback riding, ATV and ziplining tours. The lush jungle opens up to a clearing where sits the Blue Venado Beach Club. The ivory shore is lined with mini palapas for shade, lounge chairs and white-curtained beach beds. The eco-chic restaurant features delectable Mediterranean cuisine and awe-inspiring ocean views.

7) Shangri-La Beach

(Calle 38 and the beach, Playa del Carmen)

Head down the verdant, cobblestone street on Calle 38, past some of Playa del Carmen’s best restaurants, and you will end up on the mesmerizing Shangri-La shore. This pristine, palm-lined beach is a popular local gathering spot. If beach volleyball is your sport, pick a partner and join in the fun! A cooler, beach bag with snacks, toys or a good book are what we suggest for a memorable family day or sublime afternoon with your partner in paradise!

With so much variety and exquisite beauty to experience in and around Playa del Carmen, one week is never enough! Even as residents, we still look forward to an adventurous day of exploring the region’s many majestic works created by Mother Nature’s generous hand.