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Best Beaches in Playa del Carmen: Xcalacoco Riviera Maya

08 January, 2019

Best Beaches in Playa del Carmen: Xcalacoco Riviera Maya

Xcalacoco Riviera Maya is a small beach situated to the north of downtown Playa del Carmen between two resorts, Le Reve and Azul Fives. This location is just far enough away from the center of Playa del Carmen to have a quiet, laid-back vibe, but still close enough to enjoy all that this jewel of a city on the Mexican Caribbean Sea has to offer. Read on to see what makes Xcalacoco Riviera Maya one of the best beaches in the world

Xcalacoco Beach Playa del Carmen

When it comes to choosing the most beautiful Yucatan Mexico beaches, everyone has their favorite place to soak up the sun, where they can enjoy the soft, white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Home to the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Riviera Maya is a top vacation destination and Xcalacoco Beach in Playa del Carmen is one of the many reasons why. 

Xcalacoco Beach Playa del Carmen

As more of a beach for locals to enjoy and less of a tourist destination in and of itself, Playa Pública Xcalacoco is – as the name suggests – a public beach, so it’s also a great way to interact with the expats and others who live here full time, while avoiding the crowds that can often be found at other Yucatan Mexico beaches. The water here is very calm thanks to large rocks and the world’s second-largest barrier reef located just offshore, and it’s also a great place to look for birds and sea life, including tiny crabs and fish that get trapped in small tidepools of water in the rocks. 

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There are not many services at Xcalacoco Riviera Maya besides a lifeguard stand, so be sure to bring your own towels and snacks, then remove any trash upon leaving. While it would take about an hour to walk up the beach to Xcalacoco from downtown Playa del Carmen, it’s easy to get here by taxi, car or bike, depending on where you are staying. Look for the small access point next to the Azul Fives Resort for Playa Xcalacoco, which is often marked only by a few parked cars. 

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Xcalacoco Meaning  

Xcalacoco beach is named for the ancient Mayan word for “Twin Coconuts,” and it is bordered by a magnificent stretch of vivid, clear turquoise water, just about a mile or so north of downtown Playa del Carmen. This Playa del Carmen beach is great for families and couples who don’t want to deal with all the activity of the beaches located downtown, but is still close enough to easily make a day of it. There are even a few small beachside restaurants here that are perfect for a delicious lunch and a margarita!

Do you have questions about visiting Mexico’s Riviera Maya? Share them in the comments! 

Want to see more of the best activities near downtown Playa del Carmen? Read 6 of the Best Places to Visit in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and start to plan your next dream vacation today!

Topics: Playa del Carmen Mexico Activities Riviera Maya