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
Soliman Bay – Tulum| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
This 3-bedroom vacation house rental and casita are brilliant in terms of its location on Soliman Bay beach and its outdoor-friendly layout. It features a huge wooden poolside deck, a cozy swimming pool, an outdoor grill and a wide stretch of pure white beach just steps away. Kids and adults love it here!
Isla Holbox| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 Bath
Is your mind filled with dreams of Caribbean Island life? Holbox Dream is a beachfront hotel that captures the essence of a laid-back beach vacation and the tranquility of a tropical Island. Spacious bright rooms offer the perfect place to relax and slip into a stress-free life.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Enjoy middle of the beach nirvana on Half Moon Bay with all air conditioned condos on 3 levels. Each has a ocean terrace or beach patio. 1 or 2 bedrooms available. Near beach bar/restaurants, 3 minutes to either central Akumal or Yal ku lagoon.
Tulum Beach| 6 Beds | 5 Bath
Claim the best section of Tulum’s beach to yourself and stay at eco-friendly Casa Carolina! With 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths, beachfront pool, amazing rooftop bar, flat screen TV’s in each bedroom and free Wi-Fi everything you need for a perfect vacation…
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| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Beach level vacation rental. 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!
South Akumal| 4 Beds | 4 Bath
Comfortable 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.
Tulum Beach| 8 Beds | 7 Bath
Luxury Tulum beachfront vacation villa with stunning beach and Caribbean views. Located right on the beach this luxury villa sleeps up to 16 people and provides a picture perfect vacation.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Enjoy these quiet beach front condos, each with AC, 2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and large balcony or patio overlooking the sea. Enjoy La Lunita Restaurant just to your south. You'll have swimming pool privileges next door, the lagoon is within walking distance. Sleeps 5
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, these condos are a great value. Take your choice of either 1 or 2 bedrooms w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.
South Akumal| 14 Bed | 8 Bath
On the north end of South Akumal beach, Villa Turquesa is a duplex beach villa with 5 main house bedrooms, 3 optional guest house bedrooms, central air conditioning, swimming pool, wonderful sea views, dining room for 10, kayaks, ocean terrace.
South Akumal| 5 Beds | 4 Bath
This deluxe beachfront villa has 4 bedrooms with air conditioning, a beachside pool, two kitchens & lots of space inside & out. A rooftop deck has an incredible Caribbean views. Sleeps 8