Best Mayan Riviera Beaches

Grab your sunscreen and head south of the border to lounge on some of the world's finest beaches.

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Playa del Carmen

Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera.

Playa del Carmen Playground

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. Shown here, a playground in front of the Mayan monument on the beach helps make this spot a family-friendly destination.

Family Getaway at Playa del Carmen

A family-friendly atmosphere makes Playa del Carmen a great destination for mom, dad and the kids.

Xcaret near Playa del Carmen

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water

Xcaret Bay

Near Playa del Carmen, the warm, crystal-clear waters of Xcaret Bay are great for swimming and diving.


At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers.

Cannons at Akumal Bay

Old cannons, salvaged from a shipwreck, guard the bay of Akumal.

Pier at Puerto Morelos

A long pier can be seen at Puerto Morelos, which is considered the gateway to the Mayan Riviera.

Puerto Morelos Rainbow

A rainbow can be seen between thatched umbrellas on the beach at Puerto Morelos in Mexico.

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