Best Beaches in Cancun & the Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya is a real gem of Mexico, stretching for more than 100 km along the eastern coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. For more than 50 years, the idyllic turquoise-blue waters, white sand, and sun have attracted millions of tourists.
The Riviera Maya is one of the leading destinations in the world in terms of the number of beaches. The Yucatan Peninsula has beaches with restaurants, music, and cocktails to soak up the sun and enjoy life, to pristine beaches where you can still swim among sea turtles.
Sun, sea, and sand. The perfect combination for any Caribbean vacation. But to make your photos memorable for the best photos, why not book a photo session on one of the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya? A collection of photographs featuring a professional photographer combines a heavenly setting with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Small beaches or long sandy beaches, with many waves or those that look like pools, almost virgin or with an incredible atmosphere, with super fine sand or large blocks of stone. Discover the best beaches in Riviera Maya and choose yours.
Playa Norte is at the top of many lists of the world’s best beaches and combines the brightest, clearest turquoise sea with white sand. This beach is one of the widest beaches in Mexico, as it is up to 100 meters wide between high tide and the beginning of the dunes.
The place is a favorite destination for yachts and catamarans that drop anchor during excursions along the coast. All sorts of amenities can be found in the area, as well as restaurants, water activities, and hotels.
Playa Norte is also one of the best beaches in the region to enjoy the sunset in perfect colors.
Away from the bustling towns, Xpu-Ha is a stunning beach that’s a favorite of the locals and expats. You can see where the forest meets the sea and stroll along the azure waters.
The weekend brings the crowds for watersports and picnics in this dreamy location and once you’ve seen the immense beauty for yourself, you’ll know why.
Another Tulum beach for the ultimate photogenic shots is Playa Paraiso. Literally named as ‘Paradise’ this beach is probably recognizable as the stunning imagery from travel brochures.
Not only does Playa Paraiso have the whitest sands and water in almost unbelievable shades of blue, but you also get the backdrop of the Mayan ruins at Tulum – the only ancient archaeological site in the area built overlooking the coast.
Prepare yourself for the most expansive sandy beach on the Riviera Maya coast. Situated between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, this beach is accessed only by buying a day pass at a beach club, but it’s well worth the visit.
The sand here is almost like fresh powdered snow. It’s one of the less crowded beaches, compared to others in the region making it a great backdrop for getting the perfect shot without worrying about who may be in the background.
Playa de las Tortugas is famed for its turtles. This spot is great for snorkeling and enjoying the marine life in the water. It was one of the first tourist towns set up along the coast and has small friendly beach restaurants to grab a bite after soaking up the sun. The beach is in a crescent-shaped bay, giving an interesting backdrop in the distance for photographs taken on this part of the coastline.
Almost every hotel along the Cancun coastline has beachfront access, with the inviting sea mere footsteps from your resort. Playa Chacmool is one of the most beautiful.
It has the backdrop of the glitzy high-rise hotels, but the expansive beach leads you to a sea that is so blue you’d think it had been painted by an artist.
Here the sea is calmer than some of the others in Cancun, due to its angle and the currents, making it great for shots in the surf (without the worry of a wave wipeout!)
The beaches of Tulum are a tourist destination on the rise due to their beauty, the proximity of other attractions, such as cenotes and archaeological ruins, and the existence of more affordable accommodation and food options compared to Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
On Cozumel Island, there is a place called El Cielo, a protected beach where starfish live. It is an area with restrictions on tourism to protect its coral reefs.
It is a sandbar that is located about 800 meters from the coast of Cozumel. Its crystal clear and shallow waters have classified it as one of the best destinations in the Mexican Caribbean for snorkeling and diving to admire its marine fauna.
This quiet coast is the perfect place for all types of people who love the incredible water attractions that abound in this paradisiacal place. This is known as a beach of almost 30 kilometers in length that enjoys impeccable white sand and crystal blue waters.
It is ideal for lovers of calm, it has a tropical climate where you can even find a suitable area for your needs regardless of the season, the latter is due to the fact that it has excellent services.
The main attraction of this beach it’s a small but beautiful cenote, whose waters flow directly into the sea, making this place unique in the area since its waters acquire different tones due to the mixture of fresh water with the sea.
The beach is shallow and its temperature is ideal to cool off at any time, but especially in these hot seasons. On one side of the cenote, there are palm trees and trees where you can organize your own picnic with your family, partner, or friends.