Playa Secreto

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While visting the Playa Secreto vacationers will be able to explore many of Mexico's fascinating attractions, such as the ancient Maya ruins. You can also take advantage of a variety of watersports, world class scuba diving around stunning coral reef formations, and superb saltwater fishing.

Positioned in the Riviera Maya, Playa Secreto is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. While Playa Secreto may be a little more difficult to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

Playa Secreto is located 20 minutes from the Cancun Airport, off Carretera Federal 307.

Amenities and Ambiance

One of the most gorgeous beaches located along the Maya Riviera, Playa Secreto features sultry soft sands and dazzling blue ocean waters. This spot, called "Secret Beach" in Spanish, is home to numerous colorful and exotic bird species that thrive in the beach's freshwater pools and mangrove trees. Also found along this magnificant ocean front is a small private community comprised of about a dozen upscale homes.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The atmosphere of the Playa Secreto beach is one of seclusion and natural tranquility, which is ideal for vacationers who want a little peace and quiet on their trip to the beach.

Playa Secreto provides an idyllic and relaxing retreat, in part because the area surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Playa Secreto is on the East coast of Mexico; it will be near other attractions like Rodeo Arena, which is three miles away.

Historical attractions such as Old Market District offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Secreto, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this coast is three and a half miles from this place of historical significance.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Secreto
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Rodeo Arena Sporting Event Venue 3.2 N --
Old Market District Historical Site 3.3 N --
Leaning Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.6 NE --
El Manglar Riviera Maya Golf Course 4.1 SW --
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club Golf Course 4.8 SW --

Cities and Towns

Puerto Morelos is the closest city to Playa Secreto. It is a fairly rural area, but it can be an interesting destination for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From Playa Secreto, Puerto Morelos is a fairly short distance away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests hoping to find a room near the beach will find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Secreto
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Now Jade Riviera Cancun 1.8 mi. NE Resort
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun 2.1 mi. NE Resort
Ocean Breeze Golf Hotel -- -- Resort
Iberostar Paraiso Lindo -- -- Resort
El Dorado Royale 2.3 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort 2.3 mi. NE Resort
Casa De Los Angeles 2.8 mi. NE B & B
Hacienda Morelos 3.4 mi. NE Hotel
Valentin Imperial Maya 3.7 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Villas Latinas 3.7 mi. NE Hotel


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is El Faro Grill. The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food. Visitors often rave about their steak. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Secreto
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Faro Grill (998) 881-5125 Mediterranean Informal 2.1 mi. NE
The Lobby Café (998) 881-5125 International Very Casual 2.1 mi. NE
La Marina -- -- -- 2.1 mi. NE
Acamaya Beach Restaurant (998) 871-0132 Eclectic Informal 2.8 mi. NE
Reef Club (987) 872-9600 -- -- 2.8 mi. NE
El Picudo -- -- -- 3.0 mi. N
Martin El Pescador -- -- -- 3.1 mi. NNE
La Petita -- -- -- 3.2 mi. N
Tortilleria -- Mexican -- 3.2 mi. NNE
Africa By Night -- -- -- 3.2 mi. NE
Guadelupe Roticeria Chicken Stand -- Fast food restaurant Very Casual 3.3 mi. N
Polleria Guadeloupe -- Grill -- 3.3 mi. N

Other Beaches

Mexico has several beautiful beaches, so if Playa Secreto doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you might enjoy is Puerto Morelos Beach, located a brief car or taxi trip away.

You might also want to visit Maroma Beach, located six miles to the south west.

Of course, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Playa Secreto could end up a family favorite.


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