Playa del Carmen has an enviable collection of beaches, where you can enjoy typical Caribbean relaxation and swim in an unspoiled sea, perhaps meeting turtles while you do it. It may not be the closest beach to downtown, but Playa Punta Esmeralda is one of the nicest beaches in all of Playa del Carmen. Located north of the city, the beach has a cenote that flows directly into the sea. It also has a beautiful white sand strip and a wide, smooth curve which means there's plenty of towel rack space for everyone.
Playacar is more than just a beach: it's a whole gated community south of downtown Playa del Carmen. Behind the security gates, you'll find some of the city's most expensive houses, as well as several hotels. But the main attraction of Playacar is the strip of white sand, which could be said to be the beach. Playa 88 in Playa del Carmen is one of the three blue flag beaches in Playa del Carmen.
Located in the south of Playa del Carmen, Playacar Beach is a large stretch of white sand and possibly the most beautiful of the beaches on this list. Los Fundadores Park is perhaps the most iconic beach in Playa del Carmen; you'll recognize the gateway to it by the gigantic arch of Playa del Carmen. There are no beach clubs on the Parque Los Fundadores beach, but it's so close to 5th Avenue that you can find some food or drink if you're hungry. There are also a lot of amazing food stalls here, so definitely plan on having a cold coconut or some grilled corn.
Located 19 km (11 km) from downtown Playa del Carmen, Playa Maroma is a beautiful wide beach with a variety of activities. Sure, it's a little out of the way when compared to some of the more central beaches on this list, but visiting Playa Maroma is worth it for the water sports, tranquility, and mostly white sand without seaweed. The waters here are ideal for swimming, and catamaran excursions, snorkeling and diving are offered. However, because Playa Maroma is firmly located in the tourist area of Playa del Carmen, it is considered a “public beach with private access”.
You have absolutely a choice with the picturesque beaches worthy of vacation brochures in Playa del Carmen. Whether you like beaches with all the amenities or a few more on the steep side, I have you covered to enjoy the best beaches in Playa del Carmen