Our Riviera Maya Beach Guide : Everything You Need To Know

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The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatan Peninsula. Famous for its beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, outdoor excursions, water sports and luxury vacation rentals. Stay awhile in a Riviera rental and explore all that there is to offer in the beautiful areas of Playa del Carmen,  Tulum and Playa Paraiso.

Playa Del Carmen Beach Guide 

Known as one of the trendier and more laid back cities in the area, thanks to its high end resorts, restaurants and bars.  One of the top family friendly activities to do to explore the area, is biking around the island. With bike rental shops everywhere it’s easy to grab a cheap bike and pedal West beyond Highway 307. There are plenty of local spots to stop for lunch at the many outdoor cafes, where you can experience an ocean view and amazing local dishes and a cold beer.

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Best Beach in Playa Del Carmen

There are many gorgeous beaches to choose from, but our pick for best beach in Playa del Carmen in Mamitas on Calle 28. Enjoy the warm, crystal blue water and powder white sand, rent a jet ski, catamaran, or go parasailing. There are also a couple of beach clubs in this area to stop for a drink, some food, and maybe some dancing on the beach.

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Where to stay in Playa Del Carmen

Riviera Rentals offers a number of breathtaking, luxury rentals with outstanding views.

Book this 2 bedroom that sleeps 6 and is just a short walk to the beach. Stunning ocean views in a contemporary setting make this property one of the best options in the Riviera Maya. The swimming pools, gardens and the ocean can be seen from your living room. And don’t forget about the balcony equipped with dining and lounging furniture to take in the views of the Caribbean Ocean.

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Tulum Beach Guide 

Further South is the little town of Tulum which offers Mayan ruins, ancient temples and amazing caves. Check into a Riviera Rental for a relaxing stay. Sign yourself up for an eco adventure tour and try scuba and snorkeling in the Grand Cenote Cave,  go zip lining through the forest, or ATV riding in the jungle.

For some of the best restaurants and bars in Tulum, check out these top suggestions from Spot, they provide the best in recommendations from friends and local experts. 

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Playa Paraiso - Best Beach in Tulum

Just north of the Tulum ruins, the wide Playa Paraíso makes a relaxing end to a day exploring the area ruins. This is one of the more popular and active beaches. Rise early for the sunrise at the ruins, then head to the beach early to score a prime lounge chair to enjoy your pina colada and ocean view from.

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Where to Stay

OKOL Paraiso  is a hidden gem in the Riviera Maya, the ideal place if you are seeking peace and relaxation with the highest levels of comfort. It’s located right on the beach.

This 3 bedroom home that sleeps 8 offers ocean views from all areas. The living room opens into a shaded terrace and garden with lounging furniture and direct access to the beautiful swimming pool and beach. The master bedroom has a unique and beautiful ocean view as well as its private terrace and garden access, a king size bed and private bathroom with bathtub.

Being in a secluded gated community makes it very special and private, never crowded; this is the perfect place for a family holiday, a group of friends or a couple looking for a very romantic retreat.

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Close to Cancun

Both of these Riviera Rentals are just a 25 minute drive to Cancun, more well known of the beach towns in the Yucatan Peninsula, popular for its beach front party scene.

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