Winter is here and with it the heavy winter coats, scarfs, and boots made their way either out from the stores to people or from their winter/autumn closets at home, colds and flu are also making a big come back in which case we know what the best remedy is: a good swim in a warm beach!
The Best Beaches in Riviera Maya
So, with your health in mind we decided to make up a list of the very best beaches in the Riviera Maya to chill on winter that you need to visit to escape from the big chill and just chillax!
Tulum has got to be a top beach in every best beach list, it just has to be. The insanely white sandy beaches combined with cristal clear turquoise waters and a relaxed rustic vibe make this town and its beaches a go-to place to relax and forget about the world´s mundane problems.
Akumal is a quiet and laid back beach town within a beautiful bay. The name of the town actually means “The place of the turtles” in mayan which is not a coincidence because among the most amazing things to do there is actually swim with the turtles. Clear calm waters, Loggerhead and Green Turtles made this place their nesting spot and you can often see them eating and swiming around, enjoying themselves, its just the most beautiful sight!
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The Riviera Maya beach strip actually starts in this quaint fisherman town that is surrounded by mangroves and the beach, you can make yourself comfortable in the downtown beach by the town´s lighthouse and the wooden pier makes it as calm and picturesque as possible. The Puerto Morelos Reef National Park covers pretty much the whole coast and protects its section of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier so, scuba diving and snorkeling are part of the treat.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen or “Playa” as is usually called is considered the heart of the Riviera Maya. Being strategically located 45 minutes south of Cancun and 45 minutes north of Tulum you can definitely see why the town holds the title. With many beaches with public access from both ends of town, plus relaxed and trendy beach clubs is definitely appealing for younger crowds and families. With amazing restaurants and cafes along the famous 5th Avenue, in Playa del Carmen is all about seen and being seen.
Xcacel has been named one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya and in some cases has earned the title as THE MOST beautiful beach in the area. It is also known as a sea turtle sactuary and what stands out here is that it has three different eco-systems at once: mangrove, sand dunes and a cenote. Soak in the sun in this barely untouched place, take a nap under a palmtree, take a stroll down the beach or let a dozen of little fishes perform a free pedicure on you at the cenote and have fun!
So, with different accommodations and characteristics, there´s always something to do and to please every traveller taste, from the upscale beach clubs in Playa del Carmen to the roughed beauty of Xcacel, the bohemian vibe of Tulum, snorkeling next to sea turtles and stingrays in Akumal and the quaintness of Puerto Morelos, just choose the beach destination you want to spend your day in, leave the heavy coats and boots at home, put on your swimsuit and flip flops and leave flip flops but your footprints on the sand!