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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Photo By: Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons

Photo By: Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons

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

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located.

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

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay.

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

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach.

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera.

The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people.