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Top 5 Beaches in Playa Del Carmen

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Everyone comes for the beach when visiting Playa Del Carmen so you might as well make the most and see the best ones. So what is the best Playa Del Carmen Beach? Here are our list of the Top 5 beaches.

Top 5 Playa Del Carmen Beaches

We took into consideration the size of the beach, facilities, how crowded the beach is and how easy it is to get to the beach. So here is the countdown! ( If you want to see a video of the beaches in Playa Del Carmen, see the video at the bottom of this article. )

Playa Del Carmen beach #5

The beach in  front of Parque Fundadores. This beach is just north of the Cozumel Ferry Pier and at the foot of Juarez Avenue in Playa Del Carmen. It has great access from the center of Playa Del Carmen, handicap access, small restaurants and beach bars nearby, a wide beach, a great place to get into a game of volley ball or soccer, and nice water.

Best beaches of Playa Del Carmen. Playa Del Carmen Beach

Beach #5 on our list for Playa Del Carmen.

Playa Del Carmen beach #4

Center of downtown Playa Del Carmen beach from 2nd St. -6th St. This beach has great access, is a wide beach, popular tourist, beach clubs like Wah Wah, more facilities then #5 as far a beach beds and services. Going any further north up the beach, the beach gets small and then around 16th St. you get more seaweed and boats tied up.

Best Beaches of Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen beach # 4

Playa Del Carmen beach #3

The beach stretching north of 48h St, just around the tip where Canibal Royal is. It is harder to access this beach but it is the pure beauty of this Playa Del Carmen beach that makes it number 3. You will not find many people here and there are beautiful beaches. If you like snorkeling, some of the best snorkeling off the shores of Playa Del Carmen is near the tip where Canibal Royal is. Make sure to bring your snacks and drinks because there is no where to get them except at the beach club Canibal Royal. The beach in front of the club is nearly washed away so that is why we recommend going a little north to relax in this tranquil beach.

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Playa Del Carmen beach #3

Playa Del Carmen beach #2

This Playa Del Carmen beach is in front of Playacar phase 1. Since all beaches are public, you are allowed on this beach even though it is in front of a private development. It offers a very wide beach away from some of the crowds (although it is gaining in popularity).  There are also a few places that provide some rare shade for those who want a break form the sun. The water is usually free of seaweed and is great for swimming. A nice wide beach provides a good place for sports as well. You will see some kite surfing here on windy days. This beach is popular with local expats and people in that want to get away from the tourist.

There are no facilities so come prepared. That also means bring food and drink. The good thing is there is an Oxxo convenience store on your way to this beach. It is located on 10th Avenue just below Juarez Avenue and behind the Paseo Del Carmen shopping plaza.

To get to this beach, from the Cozumel Ferry Pier, walk south on the beach for about 7 minutes. You will see a wide beach with some newly planted small palm trees. Or you can walk down 10th Avenue just past the Paseo De Carmen shopping plaza and enter phase one of Playacar and walk to our right and follow the road to the beach.

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Playa Del Carmen beach #2


Playa Del Carmen beach #1

This beach is very popular and kind of the epitome of Playa Del Carmen. It might be somewhat controversial because everyone likes something different in a beach… but our number 1 beach is.. Mamitas located at Calle 28 this beach offers two large beach clubs, Kool and Mamitas. Calle 28 has some services and restaurants as well. On the beach there is rentals of jet skis, catamarans, banana boats and parasailing. So you will be entertained and even entertained if you do not partake in the activities. The beach is fairly wide and the water is nice at this beach. It is a beach for the popular set from around the world and you will notice a lot of 20-35 year olds. Needless to say it is a popular beach in Playa Del Carmen. So if you want to be seen and see the scene this is the place. Expect club music to be played at the beach clubs.

Playa Del Carmen Beach


And here is a video of the beaches in Playa Del Carmen. We hope you enjoy!

Other Beaches to Visit

If you are wanting to see some beautiful beaches along the coast in the Riviera Maya, be see to look at our guide here. This guide has dozens of beaches mapped out for you and all the details you need for visiting them.

Playa Del Carmen Beach Clubs to visit

If you are looking to visit a beach club while in Playa Del Carmen, we have you covered. Here is a list of beach clubs with a map and video to show you what they are like. These beach clubs can help you have a great time on the beaches of Playa Del Carmen.

We hope whatever beach you go to here in Playa Del Carmen of the Rivera Maya you have a great time. If you have any questions or comments about what your favorite beach is, let us know below. We love hearing from our readers.

28 Comments on Top 5 Beaches in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Mike Bradford // September 19, 2016 at 5:14 AM // Reply

    We just love the beaches in Playa Del Carmen. Our favorite is just south of the Cozumel Ferry pier. It is a little quiet and you nee to bring stuff like drinks. The beach is wide and the water is always seaweed free there. Cannot wait to get back in November.

  2. We have always liked the beach by Mehekal resort which is just past Mamitas beach going north. There is space there and a lot less people then the center of Playa Del Carmen beaches.

  3. I have always liked Mamitas beach because the music and atmosphere. I know some people want a quiet beach to themselves but you are not going to have that in Playa Del Carmen. There are always a lot of beach chairs here and the beach is clean and wide with good water.

  4. Hi there, I wish the beach in front of Playacar phase one still had the trees there. It was the best beach until that monster house was built there. Now the beach is narrower but still nice. I hope the palm trees grow there. It needs some shade.

  5. I love the beach just south of Playacar phase 1 in Playa Del Carmen. It is away from most tourist and that is a nice thing. You do have to bring your own stuff because there are no stores nearby, but good beach and water.

  6. F. Valazquez // October 30, 2016 at 11:25 PM // Reply

    When we go to the beach we try to go in front of Grand Hyatt. It is a wider beach and not as busy as Mamitas. It is fun to look at Coralina and see the drunk people there or the people trying to show off to one another thinking they are important because they are there.

  7. Charlie Casey // November 2, 2016 at 1:30 AM // Reply

    We usually stay near 16th Street in Playa Del Carmen. El Taj was our beach club but the beach is so eroded now we are going to have to move down the beach. The center of Playa Del Carmen is having a bad beach day or days.

  8. Cliff Wesbrook // November 3, 2016 at 4:25 PM // Reply

    First of all I want to say fantastic website!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask. If I wanted to take my own chair to the beach and bring food with me, what is the best beach within walking distance from 4th Street. Should I go to the beach there or further down?

    • Hello Cliff

      Thank you for reading our website. We would recommend if you want to walk a little further past the Cozumel Ferry pier you can find the beach in front of Playacar very nice. This beach does not have beach clubs but is wide with nice water.

  9. Hello! We are coming to Playa Del Carmen for the first time and are looking for the best place to go to the beach. What beach do you recommended for a group of 30 year old girls?
    Great website!

  10. Excellent info on your website. I like how you break things down. I guess the best beach for me is Mamitas. That looks like fun!

  11. It will be our first time in the Playa del Carmen area, where we are staying for a week in December. My husband needs to be able to sit in the shade, while I enjoy the sun. What beaches in the area do you recommend with the shade factor in mine?

  12. My daughter and I will be visiting Cozumel in December, we plan on spending a day or two on the beaches while we are there. We would take the ferry to Playa and I am wondering what is the best way to get to beach #1?

    • Hello Chris

      From the Cozumel Ferry pier you can walk up 5th Avenue but it is about 15 blocks. You can walk 5th to 28th and then walk down to this beach. You can also take a taxi from near the Ferry to 28th Street to visit this beach. The Taxi will cost about 35 pesos but from that taxi stand they often overcharge or ask for more.

  13. Do you know how much access to the beach clubs costs?

  14. Joe Jenkins // January 6, 2017 at 4:42 PM // Reply

    It sure seems like the beaches in Playa del Carmen have taken a beating this year. The beach is almost going from 12th street to 16th street. It is nice to be here but I think the city is going to have to do something about it because there is not much left for people to enjoy. If there is a not a focus on clean beaches and places to go then I will start to go other places.

  15. Maria Anderson // January 30, 2017 at 7:50 PM // Reply

    I saw that in your article on beach erosion that some of the beaches in Playa Del Carmen are not fairing the best. What do you think is still the beast beach to visit? I want a nice big beach where I can relax and read a book.

    • Hello Maria

      If you want to read and have a beach where you can relax, we recommend the beach in front of Playacar Phase 1. This is just south of the Cozumel Ferry Pier. Walk for about 10 minutes and you will find a wider beach and more quiet area. The water is also nice there and usually free of seaweed and rocks. We hope you have a great time here.

  16. We really like the beach that is south of Phase 1 in Playacar. There are only hotel guest and not many locals find their way there. It is a wide beach and less seaweed.

  17. I am thinking abou bringing my family to Playa del Carmen, but want to know how prevalent women going topless on the beach is. We are a conservetive family, but it looks like a beautiful place. Thank you.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 18, 2017 at 1:52 PM // Reply

      Hello Justin

      For the most part Playa Del Carmen/s beaches are 98% topped. There is the occasional women that has her top off sunbathing. Usually in the middle of town this is not done and usually no one is walking around topless. We cannot guarantee that you won’t see it but it is rare. The beach in front of Playacar is more isolated and more locals go here including locals form Argentina. You will have more of a chance of seeing a topless women here, but only by a few more percentages.

  18. I am thinking about bringing my family to Playa del Carmen for a family vacation, and was wondering how prevalent it is for women to go topless on the beaches. We are a conservative family, but it looks like a beautiful place. Thank you for your opinion.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 18, 2017 at 3:27 PM // Reply

      I think you have sent your comment twice. We have to moderate all comments so they do not appear immediately on the website. We did get a chance to get back to you in the comments below.

  19. What would be the closest nice beach to swim at from playa palms hotel. I have been there many times, but not in a few years and it looks like the beach is gone. Any idea if the beaches will be rebuilt again in that area? Seems a shame and I hate to leave those great boutique hotels. Thanks!

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 22, 2017 at 6:41 AM // Reply

      Hello Ernesto

      The beaches by Playa Palms Hotel are worn away and there is not much being done to rescue them. The central portion of the Playa has been hit hard with erosion and then seaweed lately. We wish there would be a long term plan like an artificial reef that could be placed out off the coast. The best beach for you to visit is near Constituyentes pier. On both sides the beach can be good. Just south of the pier it can be rocky but a little closer to your hotel there is a decent place for swimming. A little further up in front of the Hyatt is a good beach but it is more crowded and the Coralina Beach club is loud.

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