The only beach along the coast where you can reach the reef on foot. Quiet, rustic bay with rocky access to the sea.
The crowds have not discovered this quiet beach yet. A bonus: a cenote flowing into the cove and another cenote off the beach.
Spot the famous ‘Eye of the Sea’, from this off-the-beaten track beach. Casa Cenote is right by the beach, great for divers.
This crescent shaped bay is a sea turtle sanctuary and is open to the public. There are no hotels and no restaurants. Just nature.
My favourite beach. Busy but serene. Calm shallow waters, white powdery sand, great ambience! No photos do it justice.
The crescent-shaped beach is emerald green, as the name suggests. It boasts a shallow fresh water cenote flowing into the sea. Wheelchair access.
Looking for beach horse riding or jungle bike riding? This private eco-ranch is the only place to do so. But don’t expect public beach access.
A nice beach bay with club facilities in the northern part of Playa.
Punta Maroma, 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, is a beach club open to all, packed with activities on offer.
The north-facing beach has calm waters, restaurants, music, bungee jumping, ferry to Isla Mujeres. As authentic as it gets.
A long stretch of public beach with sand like sugar, strong waves, great views, lifeguards on duty and free deckchairs.
A family public beach, loved by the locals for its shallow waters.
This picturesque beach is not public any more but you can still go there. Great place for explorations.
Punta Nizuc is a memory maker. Perfect for boat-spotting.
A quiet beach, with a relaxed character and ambience. The public part of the beach is between the hotels Le Reve and Azul Fives.
The Whale Beach has blue flag certification. A wide beach with a picnic spot, squeezed between hotels in Cancún.
A small public beach, nearest to the centre of Cancún, with shallow waters, a kids' playground and free palapa-topped tables.
A long quiet stretch of beach just north of Puerto Morelos, with a beach club and a range of wooden piers that give it a romantic vibe.
If you have a pet, this is your beach, the only one on the Riviera Maya coast that formally accepts them.
Isla Blanca means 'White Island' but it is a peninsula. A picture-postcard beach at the north point of Cancún where the lagoon and the sea meet.
Dolphins' Beach is an unspoiled public beach although it sits in the hotel zone. Probably the best beach in Cancún.
A blue flag public beach in Cancún, with free palapas and deck chairs. Great for long walks. Expect strong waves.
A small public beach at km 9 in the hotel zone, tucked between hotels with white powdery sand, turquoise water and flat seabed.
A charming marine community, built around three bays with shallow waters. You can also swim with dolphins and manatees.
Akumal in the Mayan language means 'Land of turtles'. This is what most people come here for: swimming with green sea turtles.
Looking for the best beach in Playa Del Carmen? Some spots are better than others so here is my guide.
The small beach resort community of Paamul sits in the sheltered and crescent-shaped cove. A place of harmony and tranquility.
Still untouched by mass tourism, El Cuyo is a small fishing village on the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. Great for a weekend getaway with no razzle-dazzle.
The icon of the Riviera Maya. Unspoilt. Unhurried. Unplugged. Bohemian. Eco-friendly.
Wide, long, laid-back, with a bit of a bohemian vibe. Its icon is the leaning lighthouse right by the pier.