Riviera Maya and Costa Maya Beaches
A Guide to Riviera Maya and Costa Maya Beaches
The photos don’t lie. The Mexican Caribbean is that blue, and the beach sand is that dazzlingly white. With 255 miles (411 km) of beach stretching along the Caribbean coastline from Cancun to Xcalak, this area has something for everyone. The beaches are one reason why we decided to call the Riviera Maya home, and why so many visitors return to this paradise.
All beaches are public spaces and are bursting with activities. Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, trade winds rustling in the palm trees while you swing in a hammock. Build sand castles with your children, or enjoy evening strolls with your loved one at sunset. You’ll be enchanted by the beautiful beaches, warm translucent waters, and picture-perfect weather that lasts all year long.
Riviera Maya Ranks in the Worlds Top 10 Beach Vacations
If you are looking for evening beach activities under a star filled sky, Playa del Carmen offers a vibrant, hip nightlife once the sun goes down. Couples and families looking to embrace the day together from sun up to sun down will enjoy Akumal Beach, Soliman Bay and Tankah Bay. The magnificent bays that define these beaches provide an endless list of water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving, beach combing, or simply relaxing in a hammock.
Sun-worshipers will discover their tropical paradise on any Riviera Maya beach, but Tulum is a special spot. Enjoy the powder-soft sands that are offset by clear blue waters on quiet beaches. Tulum beach, with its fascinating and prominent Mayan city ruins, offers a glimpse into Mexico’s mysterious past and bohemian lifestyle.
For true paradise seekers, the raw and unspoiled beauty of the unpopulated Caribbean will lure many travelers to Sian Ka’an Biosphere beaches.
Puerto Morelos, X’calcel, Xpu Ha, and Paamul beaches give locals and visitors a great getaway. Take advantage of great snorkeling and sea views that round off their Riviera Maya beach experience.
Costa Maya Beaches
The Costa Maya is the last frontier on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The beaches located along the Costa Maya coast give you the feeling of the old Caribbean. The village of Mahahual offers civilization, cold cervezas and fish tacos. Paddle in sea kayaks, siesta under a palm tree, or go scuba diving. In the southern town of Xcalak the adventure begins with fishing, eco-hotels, and pure fun.
Raw, Untamed & Unembellished Beaches
Costa Maya beaches are known by few but loved by those who take the time to visit this southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. With little development and more reliance on the natural beauty of the sea, beaches and palm trees, the Costa Maya is a great place to visit and step back in time. Enjoy a stroll on the seaside boardwalk, step into one of the seaside restaurants that serve up fresh seafood, or just listen to the waves while you relax on your vacation. Costa Maya beaches are pure, raw, fun waiting for you to discover.
No matter what kind of beach holiday you prefer or what slice of the Riviera Maya shoreline suits your needs, you will find what we call ‘heaven’: pearly-white sand, natural shade from slender palm and coconut trees, crystal-clear waters, and fragrant sea air.
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Stay In These Beachfront Vacation Rentals
South Akumal – Jade Bay| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
This luxury condo building has a large beach front pool and is 3 minutes south of Akumal. Spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with 1, 2 or 3 bathrooms are available. All have central AC, full kitchens. oceanfront units have furnished terraces or patios that face the pool and beach.
Sian Ka'an – Tulum| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
Get away from it all in this 4 bedroom beach house located in the remote Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, just south of Tulum beach and Tulum ruins. Enjoy a deserted Caribbean beach at your front door, adventures on the Sian Kaan estuary. Staff will prepare meals.
Tulum Beach| 6 Beds | 5 Bath
Casa Chic is a beachfront villa located within Rancho San Eric on the southern end of beautiful Tulum beach. This is a semi-private stretch of pure white sand just above the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a protected 1.3 million acre reserve.
Playa Secreto – Puerto Morelos| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
It's all about pleasure, privacy and peace of mind. Four posh bedrooms, a living room, with its cozy built-in sofas, wet bar and satellite TV has been designed for ultimate relaxation and long Mexican siestas. This ocean front villa is in exclusive Hacienda del Secreto, a private estate on Playa del Secreto. Enjoy a private swimming pool, beach & personalize spa and chef services. Sleeps 10
More luxury with free nights for stays in 2018. Sian Ka’an – Tulum| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Luxurious Mix of Serenity and Privacy in the Heart of the Sian Ka’an. When sitting on the glorious beach outside your beachfront cabana, you will feel you have stepped onto a remote island.
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 4 Bath
Luxurious four bedroom beach home for large families or several couples traveling together. Enjoy 2nd level sea view terrace view. The villa has four large air conditioned bedrooms, balconies, sun/shade patio and a pool.
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Enjoy these 1 & 2 beach front bedroom condos with AC, full kitchens, spacious living rooms, Sat TV, DVD & Wifi. All units have king beds and patios or balconies on the beach. Great view. This is a wide sandy beach, great for beach lovers!
Puerto Aventuras| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
Villa Nautica has quickly secured its place among the top beachfront villas of Puerto Aventuras. 4 luxurious bedroom suites, a beachfront pool, a huge rooftop deck, Jacuzzi, free WiFi are just a few features that make it perfect for a family vacation…
Soliman Bay| 8 Beds | 5 Bath
Nicely appointed & spacious Marcaribe is perfect for a large family vacation or an important celebration. The villa boasts a beachfront location on Soliman Bay in Tulum, a private pool, 6 bedroom suites divided between 2 separate wings, a gorgeous rooftop deck and more…
South Akumal – Jade Bay| 9 Beds | 8 Bath
This villa offers a long list of luxuries. The owners have thought of every detail in creating this amazing custom-built luxury vacation home!, with 7 intimate bedrooms, soaring ceilings, central AC, swimming pool. Sleeps up to 17
Playa del Secreto – Puerto Morelos| 26 Beds | 24 Bath
Hacienda del Secreto is a Private Estate consisting of 5 luxury oceanfront villas and an event palapa. This secluded property was created for the private use of the owner’s family and as a an event vacation retreat.
Akumal| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
This exclusive, Taj Mahal-inspired B&B features ONLY 5 uniquely-designed suites, a beautiful pool, private parking and free WIFI. A “wow factor” is the prime beach location on Akumal Bay, right in the heart of Riviera Maya. Breakfast for 2 is included.