The Yucatan Peninsula's Beaches

Enjoy the warm sun and sand of the Mexican Caribbean

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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!

Beach Choices In The Area

You'll discover a large number of beaches to enjoy in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. You can click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

Playa Lancheros

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.

A second location worth considering is Santa Pilar. The coastline of Santa Pilar consists of rocky shores with little sand. Although all beaches in Mexico are public, certain parts of the beach may be difficult to visit, as they have been blocked off by retaining walls built by hotels.

Playa Lancheros: Playa Lancheros is set just off Rueda Medina.

The beaches in Yucatan Peninsula can be seen in the table below.

Beaches In 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
Bermuda Beach 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South-Southwest
Corozal Bay 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Corozal Belize North
Debbie's Beach 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye East
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 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
Paradise Beach Eastern part of 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 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 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 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 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 0.8 mi. West-Northwest 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 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 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
Tortuga Beach 1.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South-Southwest
Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach 2.1 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexico North East

Needless to say, you can find other attraction types available too. You can read this page which is all about even more attractions if you need some more specifics.

 

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