Hands up if you come to Playa del Carmen for the incredible culture of the museum ... anyone? Ok, hands up if you came to Playa del Carmen on a very important business trip ... still nobody? Yes, we know why you are here. The beautiful beaches of turquoise waters, lined with palm trees and white sand! You have many options to choose from with picturesque holiday beaches in Playa del Carmen. Everyone who asks will have a different favorite beach and for very different reasons. If you are sitting there with your beach towel and sunscreen ready, but you are not sure which direction to go, see this beach guide.
The best beaches of Playa del Carmen:
1- Parque Fundadores
2- Playa Calle 10
3- Playa Mamitas
4- Playa Playacar
5- Coco Reef
6- Playa Calle 2
This is probably the most emblematic beach of Playa del Carmen. Just walk along Juarez until you reach 5th Avenue, and you will see the gigantic 'Playa del Carmen Arch' right in front of you. Here you will find a true mix of people, from tourists to local families. As it is so well known, this area can be quite busy and a bit noisy. However, as this beach is the widest in Playa del Carmen, you can accommodate all those additional beach towels and sunbeds, while having nice and quiet spaces to relax. The additional room also leaves room for a full-size volleyball court, which anyone can rock and use. Create your own game or join some of the locals, it's a great way to meet new people. The most unusual thing about this stretch of beach is that there are no beach clubs, so you get a real sense of community, with everyone spreading on the sand. If you get a little hungry after an afternoon in the sun, there are many bars and restaurants in the Fundadores Park for you to choose.
There is really nothing special about the sand or the sea in this area of Playa del Carmen, but it is the abundant beach clubs that make the beach so special. You will have many options to choose from on the beach of Calle 10. Visit Lido, a modern and economical beach club, listen to live music in Zenzi, enjoy delicious seafood in El Pirata or simply rest in the cold white sands and watch the world. Due to the abundance of beach clubs on 10th Street, the public parts of the beach are usually quite empty and quiet. So why not pack a lunch, take your refrigerator and enjoy your own spacious beach club? Calle 10 attracts both locals and tourists, but maintains a very relaxed tropical environment throughout the day.
You know me, I like to throw a controversial curved ball from time to time ... and today, that ball is Mamitas. I know, there are more humans than grains of sand on this beach, but it will always be the most famous of all the beaches in Playa del Carmen. You may not want to go to Mamitas if you are looking for a pleasant and peaceful beach experience, but if you are looking for energy, alcohol and electronic music, this is your mecca. Between Kool and Mamitas, this beach is definitely the central party. DJs play all day, drinks flow freely and there are plenty of sun loungers for a walk. Mamitas has been recently refurbished and now has a refreshing pool to cool off, if you don't feel like boarding all those annoying algae.
This is my personal favorite of all the beaches of Playa del Carmen. It is part of a residential area, so it is quiet, clean, there are no rocks hidden under the waves, waiting to stumble your feet. Since this stretch of bright white sand desires the protected confines of Playacar, it is generally better managed than some of the other public beaches in Playa. Algae is rarely a problem, since the private attorney in Playacar usually has it cleaned even before having laid out the beach towel. I don't know what the sea is about in this area, but it always seems to be a little lighter and a little more blue than the nearby sea in the center of Playa del Carmen. Pálacar beach is also dotted with beautiful palm trees, which offer some much needed shade throughout the day. But arrive early, the locals know this little trick and make the most of it.
Once upon a time, Canibal Royal had one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Playa del Carmen. However, a sad combination of weather and erosion has almost completely destroyed this area. But don't be afraid ... I put on my explorer's cap and headed towards the corner, towards 48th Street, and discovered a little jewel. Only beach in Playa del Carmen that you can describe as isolated. There are no restaurants, beach clubs and bars. Only the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the birds singing in the nearby jungle. Paradise. Coco Reef is also the best place to dive in Playa. So be sure to bring your snorkel and fins! This beach club is a bit difficult to reach, since the usual access has eroded, but you can walk along the 5th avenue until you reach 48th Street, then turn right and continue towards the sand. The few additional blocks are absolutely worth it.
This wide stretch of sand is home to one of the most beloved beach clubs in Playa del Carmen as Lido. Access is very easy, and this beach is the perfect distance from the noisy ferry terminal and the mooring area of somewhat smelly ships. Due to the popular beach clubs, this beach is usually more 'westernized', where you will meet many expats and tourists from the United States and Canada. The atmosphere here is friendly and fun, there are daily games of horseshoes and racquetball, and country music Live will leave you in a state of complete relaxation. Anyone looking for a little of the comforts of home, while enjoying the full splendor of A fantastic Caribbean beach will love it on 2nd Street.