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.

Located in the Riviera Maya, Playa Secreto is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Playa Secreto stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Most other beaches you'll come across in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean may be just as refreshing as Playa Secreto, but are usually busier because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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. On some days, it may be possible to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, 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 offers those who visit a calm and relaxing experience, due to the fact that the surrounding region won't be overly crowded.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Secreto is on the East coast of Mexico. It is close to Rodeo Arena, which is situated three miles away, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the nearest historical attractions is Old Market District, which is three and a half miles to the north.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 --
The Nicklaus Design Golf Course Golf Course 4.2 SW --
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club Golf Course 4.8 SW --

Cities and Towns

Cities near Playa Secreto include Puerto Morelos, which is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Puerto Morelos is a quick trip away, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you and your party are wanting to book a place that's on or near the water, the table below lists the accommodations closest to Playa Secreto.

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
Casa Caribe 3.9 mi. NE B & B


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the closest places to eat is El Faro Grill. This restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their steak. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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

Playa Secreto isn't the only beach worth checking out in Mexico.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Puerto Morelos Beach, located a brief car or taxi trip away.

You may also want to consider Maroma Beach, which is located six miles to the south west.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, and dropping by Playa Secreto is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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