The Riviera Maya

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Riviera Maya - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Nacional Beach Club

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    Many travelers stumble on this colorful beach club and end up staying past sunset. For just M$135, you get a beach chair, umbrella, and access...Read More

  • 2. Akumal Bay

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    Known for the sea turtles that swim in its waters, Akumal Bay is sheltered by an offshore reef—sadly only about 30% of it is alive. It's best...Read More

  • 3. Canibal Royal

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    Playa's most urbane beach club is set apart from the crowd in more ways than one. It's north of town at Calle 48, and its retro-1960s architecture...Read More

  • 4. Chan Yu Yum

    Beach–Sight

    North of Tulum is a smaller bay, known as Chan Yu Yum, edging the Catalonia Royal Tulum. While it's marginally less protected than Omni Beach...Read More

  • 5. Chetumal Bay

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    Several grassy beach parks, including Punta Estrella and Dos Mulas, surround the bay. The latter is presently not recommended due to maintenance...Read More

  • 6. Fatima Bay

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    Although the marina is the main focus here, Puerto Aventuras' beaches are naturally stunning and seldom crowded. The main one, Fatima Bay, commonly...Read More

  • 7. Half Moon Bay

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    The crescent bay on the north end of Akumal has shallow waters and almost no current, making it a safe swimming spot for children; the snorkeling...Read More

  • 8. Indigo Beach

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    Cure your morning hangover with the breakfast buffet (M$150) at this beach club beside El Taj Condo Hotel. The restaurant serves fresh fusion...Read More

  • 9. Kool Beach

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    Private cabanas, a fashionable restaurant, a happening bar, and a vast terrace with a view make this one of Playa's favorite beach clubs. Guests...Read More

  • 10. La Playa

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    Located at Playa Xpu-Há, this beach club is open year-round from 11 to 6. Guests of nearby villas are often lured here by the plethora of amenities...Read More

  • 11. Mamita's Beach

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    This stretch of beach north of the ferry dock, from Constituyentes to Calle 38, is known to locals as Mamita's, although it also encompasses...Read More

  • 12. Mamita's Beach Club

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    Accessible by way of Calle 28, this is Playa's hottest spot to catch some rays. You can rent an umbrella or chair for M$30; M$200 will get you...Read More

  • 13. Mosquito Beach Club

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    An extension of the Mosquito Beach Hotel, this trendy hot spot is often utilized by guests from neighboring hotels without beach access or swimming...Read More

  • 14. Nohoch Kay Beach Club

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    This beachfront restaurant on the boardwalk doubles as a beach club, offering an open bar, lunch, beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and snorkeling...Read More

  • 15. Paamul Beach

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    Beachcombers, campers, and snorkeling snowbirds love Paamul (pronounced pah- mool ), a crescent-shaped lagoon 21 km (13 miles) south of Playa...Read More

  • 16. Playa del Carmen Main Beach

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    The community's most central section of beach stretches from the ferry docks up to Calle 14 at Gran Porto Real, a swath of deep white sand licked...Read More

  • 17. Playa del Secreto

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    Free of rocks, sea grass, and drop-offs, Playa del Secreto is perfect for swimming, kayaking, or snorkeling. On windy days, the waves are large...Read More

  • 18. Playa Xcalak

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    This remarkably tranquil strand stretches for miles, and the isolated location means you might have it all to yourself. Much of the white sand...Read More

  • 19. Puerto Morelos Main Beach

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    Newcomers to Puerto Morelos might be disappointed by the rocky beaches, blankets of seaweed, and boats that dock ashore—after all, this place...Read More

  • 20. Punta Maroma

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    One of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches has deep white sand that feels like powdered sugar and crystalline water that’s free of rocks. The small...Read More

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