Updated September 30, 2019
The best Playa del Carmen beaches are made of beautiful white sand and the turquoise blue water that you would expect from this Mexico and Caribbean waterfront destination! The sand in Playa is most likely the best you will find of any found in Mexico.
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Like many Mexico beach destinations it started as a small fishing town. Now, Playa del Carmen, being the center of Riviera Maya is the perfect location to visit this fantastic beach vacation destination. Starting just south of the exclusive area of Playacar to the Hacienda Tres Rios to the North, you will have just under 10 miles or 16Kms. of romantic Playa del Carmen beaches to enjoy strolling with family, friends or the love of your life!
All Playa del Carmen beaches are public for everyone to enjoy so stroll all you want. The only thing is that one must be respectful and not expect to enjoy beach beds, loungers etc. in resort areas and beach clubs. Some beach clubs will allow their customers to enjoy the facilities with an admission fee and of course you will be expected to eat and drink within their respective areas.
Some of the Playa del Carmen beach clubs also offer swimming pools and live music. In the main part of town you will find all types of water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, seadoos or personal water crafts, water toys. You will find all kinds of things to do to have a fun filled day at Playa del Carmen beaches!
The further north you go from town the more space you will find to enjoy peace and serenity! Playa del Carmen beaches are mostly safe to swim in. Some offer lifeguards but one should never take any chances. Inexperienced swimmers and children should wear life vests of some sort.
Regarding Playa del Carmen seaweed: May to August seems to be the worst time for this issue in the Caribbean. A good and well maintained resort will clean any seaweed on its beach for its guests. More remote and secluded beaches may have more seaweed. So enjoy the pristine, seaweed free beaches of Cozumel at a beautiful waterfront resort for a seaweed free beach vacation!
Since Playa del Carmen beaches are all part of one major beach, the locals and tourists generally call the individual beaches by the name of the major resort or beach club it is attached to. We will start from the North part of Playa del Carmen and work our way South!
Maroma Beach is home to the fantastic Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun as well as the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. This is truly one of the best Playa del Carmen beaches and of the Riviera Maya district. Maroma Beach is only 12 miles or 20Kms. from Playa del Carmen. If you are planning to take day trips throughout the Riviera Maya or Mayan Riviera either one of these resorts will be a great place to come back and get pampered after a fun filled day. The incredibly powdery sand mixed with pink colored coral is not too hot on the tender feet making the walk into the cooler and refreshing waters of the Caribbean Sea. Planning an incredibly romantic destination wedding? Consider Maroma Beach! Maroma Beach is one of the very best on the Riviera Maya. These world class resorts recognized Maroma Beach as such.
Just a 15 minute drive from the center of town, you will find the beach on the 45 acre tropical paradise at the Fairmont Mayakoba is deep with fantastic sand. You will enjoy being a guest here! Besides the beach it also has an 18 hole, Greg Norman designed golf course. There are 5 swimming pools and an adults only infinity pool overlooking the lagoon! And did we mention the fantastic beach?
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba is located just beside the Fairmont Mayakoba and is highly rated and is also a 5 star resort sharing the Golf Course and tennis courts of the Fairmont Mayakoba. Choose either one of these fine resorts and you are sure to have one of the most pleasant Playa del Carmen vacations you will ever have! Get your best price on the Fairmont Mayakoba here!
Canibal Beach Club on Coco Beach is a beach club with a funky retro decor. The beach is great of course but the Canibal Beach Club makes it even better! Service reviews are good and if you enjoy a bit of partying and mingling with new friends to the beat of D.J. music this could be a great beach club for you!
Mahekal Beach is located in front of the Mahekal Beach Resort. Mahekal Beach Resort is a beachfront resort with lush tropical gardens, the accompanying beach is made of pristine white sand and the beautiful turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea. This is one of the most picturesque accommodations in Playa del Carmen.
Mamitas Beach is named after the long running Mamitas Beach Club. They offer beach beds, loungers for a fee. Great for the younger crowd who love to see and be seen. DJ music is played and at times live music. They also feature an annual fashion show on Fashion TV! Probably one of the very best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen as well as a great beach! You will also find the newer Kool Beach Club. You will enjoy either one of these beach clubs if you love to meet new people and be served while on the beach!
The main beach is Tukan Beach or Playa Tukan. The name is changing quickly to Kool Beach due to "Kool Beach, Beach Club". This long stretch of beach begins at the Ferry terminal to the south and goes all the way to The Gran Porto Real Resort and Spa. One of the best resorts to stay at in this area is the Royal Playa del Carmen.
Just south of city center you will find the exclusive Playacar development with Playacar Beach complimenting it. The beach section at the exclusive development of Playacar is almost 3Kms. or 1.75 miles long. You will find the first all inclusive resort to be accepted as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World Consortium. This is the adult only all-inclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar.
Best-waterfront-destinations.com has shown you the very best of Playa del Carmen beaches now is the time to look at everything else this fantastic waterfront destination in the Riviera Maya has to offer!
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Our interactive Playa del Carmen beach map is most likely the best beach map you will find on the web! To enlarge simply click on the square at the top right hand of map. Best Waterfront Destinations has marked the best of Playa del Carmen beaches and some beachfront resorts and hotels for you to easily find them.