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Best Beaches in Riviera Maya, Mexico – Top 10 Beaches in Riviera Maya

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 10th, 2020 Posted in Central America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

In the South of Cancun lies a resort district named Riviera Maya along the Caribbean coastline. It stretches from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen which is about 40 kilometers of beautiful beaches and tranquil blue waters.

There are many all-inclusive resorts as well as public beaches in this fantastic region. So if you don’t like to spend time on the Best Beaches in Cancun, try going to its next-door neighbor, Riviera Maya.

The Best Beaches in Riviera Maya Top 10 Beaches in Riviera Maya
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Like Cancun, Spring break, March to April, is the busiest time in Riviera Maya due to university students spending their vacations. A great time to visit if you don’t like the rainy weather in your part of the world is from December to April. But if you are on a budget, try spending your vacation in July or September.

There are many beaches in Riviera Maya, but we have rounded it up to our top ten best beaches in Riviera Maya to help you choose where to go on your wonderful vacation.

Here are the best beaches in Riviera Maya

1. Akumal Beach

The Best Beaches in Riviera Maya Top 10 Beaches in Riviera Maya
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Want to swim with sea turtles? Well, prepare your snorkel gears as you swim the waters of Akumal Beach. The beautiful protected area makes this one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya. Many guides can offer you to see the turtles, but check out others’ offers as you might be charged high. Pair a lounging on a chair, and some wine-sipping equals a perfect vacation.

Recommended Hotel: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

2. Playa Maroma


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A super clean beach with crystal blue waters and palm trees in Playa Maroma. It’s not open for public, so you need to check-in the hotel. It’s going to be worth it as the crew is very attentive, there are complete facilities, including a pool, and buffet is delicious. The sand is so soft you would love walking barefoot on mornings or night. Come here during your honeymoon or if you want to relax in your vacation and you would love one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya:

Recommended Hotel: Catalonia Playa Maroma

3. Xpu-Ha Beach


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Another gorgeous beach in Mexico is Xpu-Ha Beach, one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya. Although it’s not free to enter, your payment will be worth it as you can use the washrooms and showers. Bars offering foods and drinks are also found nearby. The long golden sand and crystal blue waters make it a romantic place. It’s also a great place to do some photoshoots as the view is scenic.

Recommended Hotel: Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach and Spa Resort

4. Playacar Beach

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A beach away from the crowd with crystal blue waters is Playacar, one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya. Enjoy walking along the beach and seeing hotels, shops in this part of Mexico. You may also try diving or kiteboarding if you want an adventure. Prepare your towels and umbrellas as you relax and feel the sea breeze. In case you want to take a break from the waters, then there are ancient Mayan ruins near the center.

Recommended Hotel: Mahekal Beach Front Resort & Spa

5. Los Fundadores Park Beach

Located near a public park, Los Fundadores Park Beach, one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya. Enjoy the fine sand and clear blue sea and meet locals. You won’t get bored as there are shops, restaurants, and see performers dancing in the park. There are also amazing sculptures, so get your cameras ready. You won’t regret coming here to get some vitamin sea and D as it is a fun place to be.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Real Del Mayab

6. Playa Xcalacoco


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Playa Xcalacoco, one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya, is undeniably beautiful. The place is well-maintained, so expect clean waters and a beach without seaweed. There are sandbags that your kids will enjoy playing on at sea. If you ever need something, there are locals selling things. It’s pretty rocky, so don’t forget to bring your sea shoes.

Recommended Hotel: Viceroy Riviera Maya Luxury Resort

7. Point Esmeralda Beach

A small public beach perfect for families is Point Esmeralda Beach. Kids will love this as the waters are not deep. There are also food trucks and restaurants nearby so you won’t get hungry. Facilities are complete with changing and shower rooms. It’s better if you arrive early especially on weekends or holidays. Clear blue waters and white sand makes this one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya.

Recommended Hotel: Mareazul by Moskito

8. Playa Pescadoras

In Tulum, you would enjoy one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya, Playa Pescadoras. You could go on a nice boat trip and do some snorkeling and see beautiful corals, fishes, rays, and turtles. Restaurants and bars are near the restaurant so you won’t go hungry or bored. It is a great place to spend your day or relax and unwind from seeing the Tulum ruins.

Recommended Hotel: Ika Tulum Hotel

9. Mamita’s Beach Club


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A fantastic beach club where you can hang out with your friends is Mamita’s Beach Club. You need to pay a fee to enter here, but the exclusivity and the facilities are worth the money. Aside from the private beach with fine sand and clear waters, you can enjoy the pool, restaurant and bar, restrooms, and music coming from the DJ. You will have a great time at one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya.

Recommended Hotel: Urban Beach Chic Hostel

10. Playa Publica 88

If you want a public beach that’s not quite crowded, go to Playa Publica 88, one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya. This beautiful tranquil beach is great for swimming; hopefully, the seaweeds are cleared too. Bring umbrellas and chairs as there are not much shade and n available places nearby to rent. You would fall in love with the melodic sound of the waves, crystal blue waters, and fine white sand.

Recommended Hotel: The Royal Haciendas Resort and Spa

Pack your swimming attire, if not buy a new one, and use it as you enjoy the waters of Riviera Maya. With white sandy beaches and tranquil blue waters, you would love the peace and beauty of this place. Pictures won’t do justice, so hurry and book a ticket to Mexico now and have a blast!

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