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The Most Beautiful Beaches in Playa del Carmen

Picture of Mónica Ramírez López
Updated: 6 July 2017
From peaceful beaches with turtles’ nests to crowded party beaches, Playa del Carmen in Mexico has the most beautiful places to soak up the sun, have fun, and relax overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. We have prepared a list of the best beaches for you to seek out on your trip.
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Playa Maroma

This beach is amazing. The sand is so white and the waters so clear that if you are watching from a distance, you can’t see the division between the sea and the sand. Playa Maroma is a stunning beach located 9 miles (15 kilometres) from downtown. Even though it’s popular and has a lot of services for tourists, it’s still a quiet and spacious beach. Some of the activities offered here are horseriding, paddling kayaks, snorkeling and even swimming with dolphins.

Playa Maroma, Unnamed Rd, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Xpu-Ha

Xpu-Ha is one of the best beaches in the area. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen, it has the charm of a virgin beach, calm waves, and a shallow sea. There’s only one restaurant around, but it serves good food and drinks and lets you use lounges and palapas (thatched shelters) if you order food. You can take your own food and have a picnic, do some snorkelling or paddle a kayak, and stay to watch the dazzling sunset; the view is magical.

Xpu-Ha, Carretera Federal 307 107, Chacalal, Q.R., Mexico

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Playa Mamitas

This is one of the most popular beaches in the area, a favorite of the young; it’s always crowded and full of life. Access is free, there are clean well-maintained lounge chairs that you can use by if you order food and drinks from the restaurant. If you want to rent an umbrella or a lounger, or if you need to buy towels or snacks, go to Mamita’s Beach Club; it also has a spa where you can get a relaxing massage. This beach is the setting for some important events, such as the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Winter Beach, DJFest, and Corona Sunsets.

Playa Mamitas, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Playa Akumal

Located to the south of Playa del Carmen, this beach is considered the quietest of the Riviera Maya, so much so that turtles chose it a thousand years ago as a nesting area in which to deposit their eggs. The turtles spawn in this place during the months of April and May, and by July and August thousands of small turtles can be seen running along the beach towards the sea. Akumal, in the Mayan language, means “turtle land.” Let yourself be carried away by the gentle currents, along with turtles and rays, on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya.

Playa Akumal, Grande Bahia Trail, Akumal, Q.R., Mexico

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Playa Paamul

You can find harmony on this quiet beach to the south of Playa del Carmen. The white sands are perfect for a beach walk to admire the turquoise waters. The services available include a pool, a restaurant, hotels, a trailer park, and camping areas. Its reef is an excellent site for snorkeling and scuba-diving lovers. This perfect hidden paradise is a favorite with families and of turtles, who visit the sandy beach in August to lay their eggs.

Playa Paamul, Q.R., Mexico

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Los Pinos

This is the most popular beach with locals, as it’s away from the noise and crowds. There’s something that makes Los Pinos unique: a cenote, or sinkhole, that pours its crystal waters into the sea. This sinkhole is perfect for families and kids, while young adults prefer the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. There aren’t any bars or restaurants, so take a basket with delicious food, drinks, and your favorite snacks, have a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Cenote Azul, Q.R., Mexico

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Xcacel

A stunning paradise away from the noise of the city, and part of a protected nature reserve, Xcacel is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. It’s also an idyllic place for camping and fishing. You can only access it in small groups of a maximum of six people, and you will be able to swim only if you’re not using suncream or any other chemical product on your skin. This is another beautiful beach where turtles like to lay their eggs.

Xcacel, Q.R., Mexico