Almost everybody wants to spend at least some, if not most of their time on the beach when they come here and we have quite a selection to choose from. Here's a few of them:
Playa Del Carmen beach: Big beach area for about 8 kilometers with many dive shops, watersports centers, restaurants, hotels, bars, piers and lots of people. A great beach for people watching and action. No barrier reef so the waves break fairly large so not always the best for swimming or kids.
Xpu Ha: Located about half way between Playa Del Carmen and Akumal, this beach is about a mile long and has several restaurants and hotels on it as well as a campground and trailer area and some small residential apartments. One of the nicer beaches in the region with nice sand. It's partially protected by barrier reefs so it's fairly good for swimming and kids. There is good snorkeling on patch reefs and the barrier reef in reasonably calm weather. It gets quite busy on holiday weekends and Sundays but normally it's pretty quiet on weekdays.
Akumal: A big long beach well protected by a barrier reef. This beach is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. It has many hotels and restaurants along it's length as well as many villas and apartments most of which are available for short term rental. There are lot's of fishing boats and several dive shops.
Xcacel: Located just south of Chemuyil, about 6 km south of Akumal. This is one of the best beaches in the area. It is about 3 km long with an area at the North end which is very sheltered by reefs and so is always very calm. Good for swimming and snorkeling. The rest of the beach usually has some waves so there is something for everyone. The sand is very clean and fine. It is a protected turtle refuge and so there are no commercial businesses so it is very peaceful and quiet especially during the week. You have to be a bit careful not to leave your things unattended here even for a minute since it is well known for it's two legged raccoons. My favorite beach for peace and quiet.
A few Yucatan area archaeological sites are highlighted on this page.
Some activities to enjoy while visiting the Tulum and Riviera Maya area.
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