nicest beaches in Riviera Maya

Old Oct 20th, 2013, 08:08 AM
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nicest beaches in Riviera Maya

Planing a trip to Mexico and would like your opinion on what areas have the nicest beaches. We stayed right in Playa a few years ago and the water/beach was just ok. If there is a stretch of beach that you found nice, please let me know. I have a good hotel map I can refer to if you want to name a hotel you stayed at. Thanks!
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 09:50 AM
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Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres is absolutely perfect for swimming (but can be a bit crowded at times).

Also, the beach toward the middle to southern end of Tulum is stunning. Look at hotel Nueva Vida de Ramiro or La Zebra.

We also found the beach in Playa just ok, especially compared to others in the area.
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Tulum and Akumal both have great beaches. I also like the southern end of Tulum beach, past Zama's, less rocks, nice white smooth sand. Soliman Bay is great also if you have a rental car.
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 12:20 PM
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Cancun's hotel zone. Way prettier water than Playa.
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Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Secrets the Vine are all on this stretch.
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Maroma Beach and Tulum.
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 10:01 PM
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Tulum's beach is awesome. Unfortunately, the hotel at which I stayed no longer exists.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 05:17 AM
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 05:47 AM
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The beach right behind the archeologigal site of Tulum. There are stairs leading down to the beach area. Of all my years in Playa and area this has got to be the most beautiful. Of course some beaches mentioned in this blog are pretty awesome too.
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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TULUM!!!!!!!
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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I vote for Tulum as well.

Along the beach road where the beach hotels are, you have miles of soft, white sand beaches and turquois water. And there are a lot of palms for shade when you want it.

The beach at the Tulum ruins is quite spectacular too - the beach is set into a small cove among cliffs overlooking the sea. The beach is only accessible through the ruins though and there aren't any services - so a beach that you visit while you are visiting the ruins, not one where you would find a lounger and drink service
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The locogringo.com website has aerial photos of the entire coast, with tags on the hotels. There are many stretches of beautiful beach. In general - Tulum has a wide, uncrowded white sand beach with surf; Akumal has two calm bays which are great for snorkeling; the northern end of Playa has some very nice beach; Puerto Morelos has a long stretch of nice beach, however there is some seaweed.
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There was more seaweed than sand two weeks ago in PM. Hardly an open spot to lie down, and no one looked to be cleaning any areas of it to attract business. We didn't find the beach to be very nice at all, and there were few beach restaurants open. We were told it was quiet (esp. in comparison to Playa del Carmen) for our last night's stop, but it was 'dead', not even any open bar/club/restaurant with locals to go out to hear music/dance that we could find, except for one bar across the highway which turned out to be way too sleazy.
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Old Oct 31st, 2013, 06:07 PM
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My impression is that Puerto Morelos is known less for its beach than for its snorkeling opportunities -- it is a national marine park, as close as one gets to the MesoAmerican reef, with excellent opportunities for snorkeling by novices as well as the more advanced. It certainly doesn't have the reputation for a beautiful beach that Tulum has.
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zootsi,

locogringo just rolled out new software on it's site and at present I have not been able to locate the aerial maps. There is an open thread on the main forum asking for folks to report technical issues and I posted there earlier this am asking where the maps went.
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skip Locogringo and just go to gmaps and look at the coast. some areas like the Tulum beach road have street view also, transfer the little yellow person to the road or zoom in really close and it reverts to street view.
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