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7 Best Beaches in Riviera Maya

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October 20, 2021

The Mayan Riviera is a section of the Caribbean coastline in the state of Quintana Roo that stretches over 100 miles along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, from Cancun in the town of Puerto Morelos to as far south as Punta Allen.


Here, we will walk you through the best beaches in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Riviera Maya has the country’s most impressive Mayan archaeological sites, beaches of fine, white sand, snazzy resorts, and amazing natural wonders dot the region, not to mention the presence of the world’s second-largest coral reef, provide the basic ingredients for a holiday paradise.

This world-renowned paradise is home to mangroves and lagoons, ecological reserves, adventure parks, world-class restaurants, vivacious nightlife, spas, shopping centers, and some of the world’s best beaches.

Playa Maroma

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya is Playa Maroma, located in the town of Punta Maroma between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. This is a private beach, but you can purchase a day pass and enjoy a full day on this beach. You surely won’t regret it; it’s one of the most beautiful in the area. What’s more, the day pass includes food, drinks, and some water activities.

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Playa Norte Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte is famous for the crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white sand. Located on Isla Mujeres, the famous Mexican island close to Cancún. At this beach, the water is very shallow, so it’s ideal for snorkeling or enjoying a long walk in the sea. It is a very easy accessible beach and considered one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya to see the sunset. As it’s located on the West Coast, the views of the sunset are exceptional.

Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

Holbox, Flamingo Paradise

The beautiful Holbox island is also the Riviera Maya best kept secret, located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. This island, which forms part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, has a beach of the same name where the sky-blue waters are barely three feet deep and you can enjoy long walks on fine white sand.

Flamingo beach

One of the big draws of this beach is the variety of fauna that lives in its waters. Here, it’s easy to spot sea turtles, tropical fish, and even flamingos, which are an icon of Holbox.

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Playa Paraiso Tulum

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya is also Playa Paraíso, or Paradise Beach, in Tulum. You’ve probably seen it many times; it’s just below the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons why it’s so special. What’s more, the quality of its waters and its white sands make it, like its name says, a true piece of heaven on Earth.

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Beaches of Sian Ka’an

Looking for untouched beaches.. you should go and explore the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve. Here, you can reconnect with nature among idyllic beaches, mangroves, and jungles that have hardly been touched by man. What’s more, its variety of fauna and nature means that you can discover the great biodiversity of species in the area.

Akumal, Turtle Beach

Akumal, located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, was one of the first beaches and tourist areas in the Mexican Caribbean. It’s no wonder: sugar sand, turquoise water, coconut palms, margaritas… What more can you ask for?

turtle beach


Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen has over four miles of glorious and beautiful beaches. Here you will be surrounded by a cosmopolitan atmosphere especially when you walk through La Quinta Avenida.

The pedestrian road is teeming with cafes, restaurants, stores, and bars. Spend a day lying on the beach, riding a bike or a scooter around. You can relax in a hammock or generate a little adrenaline on a jet ski or parasail.

How to get there: Playa del Carmen is an hour’s drive from Cancun along Highway 307.

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