The Yucatan Peninsula's Beaches

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World renown as a spring break hotspot, the Yucatan Peninsula is a prime location for anyone looking for some time at the beach. Ranging from urbanized shores in the center of Cancun to nearly empty stretches in the south, the Yucatan will not disappoint.

Since the Yucatan has such a long coast, you can expect there to be a number of natural beaches that are empty of visitors or lifeguards. While this will offer a great deal of privacy, you do take a risk when swimming in unsupervised water. The more urbanized area of the Yucatan have developed a color system simular to that of beaches in the US. It is advised that you heed the warnings.

The Yucatan Peninsula's Flag System
ColorWater ConditionsProceed...
White Excellent ...without fear
Green Normal ...without fear but with caution
Yellow Uncertain ...with extreme caution
Black or Red Unsafe ...to the nearest pool!

The Area's Beaches

You'll discover a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you can find what you want. Click on specific beach names for a detailed review of that beach.

Half Moon Bay Beach

Playa Chacal: Chacala is one of the most underdeveloped beaches along the coast. Aside from a resort property, the beach is void of any excess. Visitors who head to this shore are doing so in order to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy a day of seclusion in a tropical paradise.

Another place for beach-goers to consider is Santa Pilar. Located on the northern strip of San Miguel (North of the Cozumel International Airport), Santa Pilar is a long stretch of beach that features calm, shallow waters, perfect for swimming. The area is somewhat popular with tourists, particularly as you get closer to the hotels.

Playa Lancheros: Playa Lancheros is a small beach on the southwest coast of Isla Mujeres, best known for a seafood restaurant of the same name that is set on the beach. Meal times is when the crowds come in, so vacationers looking for a secluded each-going experience can find it here early in the morning and in the middle of the afternoon.

The beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula are listed here:

Beaches In the Yucatan Peninsula
Name Location Coast
Albertos Beach 14.9 mi. South of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel East
Ambergris Caye Southeast 2.5 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South West
Bacalar Lagoon Beach 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bacalar Mexico Western Shore
Corozal Bay 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Corozal Belize North
Dzul Ha 3.4 mi. South West of Central San Miguel Cozumel West
El Faro Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico East
Half Moon Bay Beach 0.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Akumal Mexico East
Hard Rock Private Beach Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula -- --
Hidden Beach 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Xpu Ha Mexico East
Holbox Beach 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox North
Holbox Lagoon Beach 1.3 mi. South West of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox South West
Isla Pasion Beach 1.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Downtown Holbox Isla de la Pasion North East
Isla de Pasion 6.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel North
La Barra Cedar Beach 2.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Chunox Belize North
Mahahual Beach 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico South East
Maroma Beach 9.6 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexico East
Maya Chan Beach 0.5 mi. East of Central Costa Maya Mexico South East
North Beach 0.2 mi. West of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres Northwest
Not-So-Secret Beach 4.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye West
Paradise Beach Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel East
Playa Akumal 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico East
Playa Ballenas 0.3 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Bonita 9.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Cozumel Cozumel North East
Playa Bush Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel East
Playa Caracol 3.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Chacal 3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal Mexico East
Playa Chacmool 2.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Chen Rio 5.0 mi. Southeast of Central Cozumel Cozumel South
Playa Corona 6.1 mi. South West of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel West
Playa Delfines 1.8 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Garrafon 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres South East
Playa Lancheros 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres South
Playa Langosta 3.6 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Las Perlas 3.9 mi. East of Central Cancun Mexico East
Playa Linda 3.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Los Cocos 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres North West
Playa Marlin 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Mia Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel East
Playa Mujeres 3.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Mexico East
Playa Norte 7.3 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Mexico East
Playa Oriente 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cozumel Cozumel East
Playa Palencar Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel East
Playa Pancholo 2.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres North West
Playa Paraiso 0.8 mi. South of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres South
Playa Pescador 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres South West
Playa Punta Morena 4.7 mi. Southeast of Central Cozumel Cozumel South East
Playa San Fransico Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel West
Playa San Martin 7.8 mi. South of Central Cozumel Cozumel South West
Playa Secreto 3.5 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico East
Playa Tiburon 0.6 mi. South of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres North West
Playa Tortugas 3.0 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Playa Tulum 2.0 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexico East
Playa Uvas 4.4 mi. South West of Central San Miguel Cozumel West
Playa X-Puha 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha Mexico East
Playa Xhanan Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel North East
Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico East
Puerto Morelos Beach 0.1 mi. East of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico East
Punta Coco 1.3 mi. South West of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox North West
Punta Mosquito 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central Downtown Holbox Mexico North East
Punta Nizuc 4.3 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico East
Rancho Encantado Lagoon Access 2.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bacalar Mexico North West Shore
Santa Pilar 4.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Miguel Cozumel North West
South Beach 1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South-Southwest
South Holbox Beach 1.4 mi. South West of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox South West
Sunset Beach 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Miguel Cozumel North West
Tequilla Beach Club 0.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico East
Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach 2.1 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexico North East

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