Playa del Carmen and its surroundings are a paradise for nature lovers. There are miles and miles of coastline, with many stunning natural attractions to visit that go far beyond the beautiful tropical beaches. Here are Playa Palms Beach Hotel’s top picks.Read More >>
When traveling to Playa del Carmen, you sure want to visit the most beautiful Rivera Maya beaches – since that is one of the features we are famous for. Playa Palms Beach Hotel has its own exclusive beach, but there are so many more fantastic beaches! Here are our favorite ones, in the Riviera Maya and beyond.Read More >>
If you travel to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya in general, you sure want to spend some time at the beach. But with so many gorgeous beaches, which one should you go to? Take the quiz to find out!
In the parts of the world where it’s still chilly outside, winter blues tends to hit the hardest. Time to do something for yourself and plan a spring break trip! Because really, why should college kids have all the fun?
The epicenter of spring break is Cancun, and lately, also Playa del Carmen gets its fair share of college students, eager to make this trip the best of their lives. Or the most inebriated. But don’t worry, there is something for everyone in Playa del Carmen, and if beer pong tournaments and wet t-shirt contests are not your thing, we have some great alternatives for you.
Guests at Playa Palms Beach Hotel are right downtown Playa del Carmen, with everything nearby. But despite being within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and clubs, inside the hotel it’s pleasantly quiet, with a peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy lazy evenings in the hammock on your balcony, overlooking the Caribbean Sea as far as the island of Cozumel.
During the day, there are many activities you can do, while avoiding drunk spring breakers. If you want to visit Mayan ruins without the masses Chichen Itza or Tulum attracts, try Ek Balam. This surprisingly well preserved archaeological Mayan site close to Valladolid is unlike any other, mostly because of its intricate artistic details. It has several temples, two palaces and one large pyramid, El Torre, which is one of the largest Mayan structures on the Peninsula.
Another unforgettable day trip is Isla Contoy, an absolutely breathtaking island of pristine beauty with an abundant wildlife. Daily, only a few visitors are allowed access on this secluded island north of Isla Mujeres, which makes it a very exclusive experience.
For a relaxing day at the beach, away from wild beach parties, head to X’cacel. Imagine only hearing the waves rolling in and the breeze blowing gently through the palm trees, while you are surrounded by pure nature. If you head to the south end of the beach, you can follow a trail that leads you to a natural pool in the middle of the jungle.
The best way to round up the day is with a delicious Mexican dinner. To avoid the crowded tourist draws, and try real Mexican food, go to Restaurant Axiote. The award-winning chef Xavier Perez Stone serves 100% Mexican food, using local ingredients. It’s a couple of steps away from the 5th Avenue, on the 34th Street, which is why many tourists miss this little gem.
If you’re spending your vacation in Playa del Carmen you might have one main desire: sunbathing at those beautiful, postcard-like beaches the area is famous for. In case you want to see more beaches than just the beach club of Hotel Playa Palms, we made a list for you. It was hard to decide and took us some time and arguments, but here they are, Riviera Maya’s top 6 beaches:
This area is a good option if you’re looking for a calm beach within walking distance from Hotel Playa Palms. There are several hotels, but many nice spots in between. It’s about a 10 minutes’ walk, passing by the ferry docks, and right through Señor Frogs. The only downside is that there are no public toilets, shops or restaurants close by.
It’s the local’s favorite spot. This romantic beach is very kid-friendly as there are shallow areas. There is a small cenote right at the beach, allowing you to bathe in salty and sweet water. You also find a public toilet, vendors sell snacks and it has an adjacent handicapped walkway. A taxi will take you there in a few minutes for 50 – 100 Pesos. You’d still have to walk a bit from the street to the actual beach.
If you’re looking for pure nature this is your place to be. Riviera Maya’s best kept secret is hidden between the jungle and the Caribbean Sea. If you head to the south end of the beach, you can follow a trail that leads you to a natural pool in the middle of the jungle. Entrance fee is 25 Pesos and they close at 5 pm. Keep in mind that this natural paradise you find no toilets or restaurants and there are only a few shadowed places.
This is one of the most secluded areas of the Riviera Maya. The ocean here usually is very calm, the beaches vast and it’s visited mostly by locals. The restaurants serve fresh seafood and ice-cold drinks. Entrance fee is 40 Pesos. It can get somewhat crowded during weekends or holiday season.
Playa Paraíso, Tulúm
There is a reason why it’s called paradise beach – it’s considered as one of the top 5 beaches worldwide. Well, being situated just below the famous Mayan ruins, framed by cliffs and the turquoise Caribbean Sea is hard to beat. To get access to the beach you have to pay entry for the archaeological site. The downside of this beach is that it gets quite crowded during high season.
National Geographic named it as one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. Indeed, it takes your breath away: Vast virgin beaches with white sand, crystal clear water and all framed by swaying palm trees. There are restaurants, small shops and tour operators. It’s located about 15 km (9 miles) north from Playa del Carmen. The entrance fee is 100 Pesos.