The entire Riviera Maya is blessed with picturesque beaches lining the Caribbean Sea, containing talcum powder-like sand that never burns your feet, even during the hottest summer days. The beach that lines Fatima Bay inside the exclusive Puerto Aventuras real estate community is certainly no exception. I know it well, having spent many days myself enjoying it in my three years living in Puerto. Understandably, it would be easy for someone living in the community to only frequent that beach, being so beautiful and located walking distance from home.
However, I am always sure to inform my clients that Puerto Aventuras is strategically located between Cancun and Tulum (one hour drive and forty minutes drive, respectively), making it an ideal jumping-off point for daily adventures to those areas’ beaches and many others in between. I would like to be more specific about what a great thing this is, because each individual beach in the Riviera Maya definitely has its own vibe that makes it appealing to different types of people. Below lies a list of beaches throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya, beginning north in Cancun, and proceeding south to Tulum:
Cancun Beach (Populated by the millions of tourists who visit the area every year, wide and a great spot for surfers and kite boarders alike)
Puerto Morelos Beach (Maintains a sleepy fishing village-like vibe)
Maroma Beach (Always in the running for one of the world’s top beaches; exclusive, secluded, and eco-friendly)
Xcalacoco Beach (The Viceroy Hotel resides along its sands -voted the top beachfront boutique hotel in Mexico)
Coco Beach (Located on the northern end of Playa del Carmen in the midst of new development, this beach will be the newest hotspot in the coming years)
Mamitas Beach (Jazz Fest, BPM, MTV’s Fashion Week, this is the place for those in Playa del Carmen looking for the trendy beach club scene)
Playa Beach (Wide and lined with different beachfront restaurants and hotels; Fusion and Wicky’s are two of the best)
Playacar Beach (The beach in Phase I is pristine, and is usually pretty unoccupied, as opposed to the all-inclusive hotel zone in Phase II; a popular area for local kiteboarders)
Punta Venado (A part of an eco-park with ATV, snorkeling, and horseback tours, the Blue Venado Beach Club is a great place to relax or begin a walk along the property’s almost four miles of beach.
Paamul/Yanten Beaches (Spend the day in front of the Paamul Restaurant, or trek along the dirt road north to the virgin sands of Yanten Beach for more privacy)
Xpu-Ha Beach (Home of Al Cielo-Voted Top Beachfront Hotel in the World; there is also a great beachfront restaurant on the other side of the bay with a volleyball court and tons of space for soccer)
Akumal Beach (Snorkel with turtles and sting rays all year long; Sundays tend to be very crowded)
Xcacel Beach (One of the least frequented beaches in the area, but often has the best waves for you surfers and boogie boarders out there)
Tankah Beach (Go to Casa Cenote, which has great Texas BBQ every Sunday, and is right across the street from the actual cenote. On the ocean side, you can snorkel and see where the cenote’s fresh water flows into the sea)
Tulum Beach (Spend the day at a beachfront boutique hotel, like BE Tulum or Villas las Estrellas, and relax on one of the top rated beaches in the world)
This list only provides a brief overview of the beaches I have visited during my time in the Riviera Maya, and I will admit that they do contain some bias on my part. Want an opinion of your own? Come and check them out for yourself.