Beaches in the Riviera Maya at the Quintana Roo
state in the Yucatan Peninsule.
The Beaches of the
Free and sovereign State “Quintana Roo." are located in the area
known as the Caribbean; Oh Yes, Mexico is the Caribbean too.
When you are in the Mexican Caribbean is like being in 3 worlds.
First the Caribbean, Second Mexico and Third the Mayan World.
There are plenty of activities in every one of this 3 worlds.
Now lets focus in the Beaches of the zone.
TheWaterfront main street at Isla Mujeres
To the north of the state we have the quiet
and shallow beaches of the Island Of the Women ( Isla Mujeres )
this beach is great for small children and elderly people all
year round. The white sand is very fine and free of rocks
completely. The wave action is almost nonexistent and the water
is just like a gigantic crystalline pool. The entire beach is public.
This beach is great for learning to windsurf or snorkel as the
slope is not very steep. People can walk far into the ocean the
deep start about 100 yards.
There are beach chairs and umbrellas
for rent, the fare is no more that 4 dollars for a set. The
restaurants at the bar offer to serve food at your beach
umbrella and also bring beer to you. It is customary to order a
bucket of beer. Ice is put on top of the bucket to keep the beer
cold. To get here the departures are from Cancun and Puerto
Juarez and they go all day long until 11 PM. Travel time from
Cancun or Puerto Juarez 45 minutes one way. This is the only
PUBLIC safe beach in the Island of The women. ( isla Mujeres ).
The Island is rocky in the rest of the beaches are only for
Fragment of the Cancun beach strip.
The Beaches at the Hotel zone of Cancun are a bit different
story. In the first section of the hotel zone from kilometer 3
to kilometer 8 is known as the protected side. This side of the
island of Cancun faces Isla Mujeres, thus it is protected from
the open ocean. This creates a very calmed beach waters. The
vegetation in the ocean floor is abundant and full of small
marine life. The bottom is mostly sand with hardly a rock. The
water is crystal clear . The slope is very gentle but steeper
than Isla Mujeres . There is no current or undertow at all. the
entire beach is public. The sand is white powder sand and is
cleaned every day from algae and debris all along. It is
possible if you go very early in the morning to see an
occasional local fishermen throwing a small net.
After the kilometer 8 the beach orientation changes and faces
the Caribbean sea directly. The wave action is quiet from 7 am
to 10 am. After 10 am. the wind intensifies most of the time ad
the wave action starts. There are series of waves that are
adequate for body surfing and swimming. Some days the wind is
really strong and there are waves high enough to surf. This
beach is fantastic for the practice of windsurfing and kite
surfing. There are plenty of opportunities to take a parasail
raid in this beach. White powder sand and clean ocean bottom all
the way. Not very much fish to see.
At the kilometer 19.5 there is the access to the Nizuc beach.
This beach is rocky and is used to launch snorkelers , the beach
is public and there is an access trough the Westin Regina Hotel
parking lot side. As well it is possible to walk from the El Rey
Beach to this one. The snorkeling is very good for children and
grown ups. Is Chest shallow and the fish are right there so it
is not necessary to swim long to look at marine life.
The names of the public beaches, in the Cancun Hotel Zone, are:
Tortuga, Delfines, Langosta, Ballenas, Mirador del Rey and Punta
Nizuc. The best way to move around this beaches is by bus , they
run 24 hours and go by very frequently, every 10 minutes there
is a bus , there are also plenty of taxis but is more expensive,
the bus is only 80 cents of dollar. Tell the bus driver to which
beach are you going so he will stop and advise you , they are
very friendly and used to help visitors.
Well this covers the most important beaches in the north of the
State of Quintana Roo.
from Cancun and traveling south ( there is only one road so u
cannot get lost. The road is a 4 lane high way , it is very well
maintained and safe.The first
Beach we find along the way from Cancun is located at "Puerto Morelos" , a quiet little town . The beach here has white powder
sand and crystal clear waters. All the beach is public and
crowded Saturdays and Sunday. This is an excellent beach for
snorkeling as there is much more marine life than in the Cancun
beaches. The slope is not very steep almost standard and the
wave action is very gentle.
There is no undertow at all. The
nicest thing about Puerto Morelos is the reef in front of it.
the reef is visible from the beach as the waves strike it and
form sheep ( white foam ) in the distance. This reef is about
one mile away an is possible to go swimming . Once there the
marine life is incredible and is very shallow. there are no
currents or undertow.
The next beach from Puerto Morelos is located at the quaint town
Of Playa el Carmen white powder sand crystal clear blue
turquoise waters. The marine life is scare but occasionally you
can see school of fish if you bring cookies.( saltines ). The
wave action is medium . It is safe for children most of the time
but occasionally gets rough. The water is not very clear in
October November and December. All the beaches are public. All
along the beaches are small restaurants serving seafood and
international cuisine. The new beaches are located at playa
Mamitas . there are several beach clubs with a lot people from
Italy and the rest of Europe.
Playa del carmen, down south is the Akumal beach, this beach
is very small and rocky.After Akumal is the beach at Tulum. the
beaches in Tulum have a steeper slope, white powder sand and
crystal clear Turquoise blue waters. No rocky bottom sea floor.
There are big rock formations sitting in the middle of the sandy
ocean floor and are full of marine life and coral. This beaches
at Tulum are very empty beaches and gives you the feeling of
being in a far away beach. The people that come here are mostly
Europeans and the ladies use monokini.
After Tulum going south
is the Town of Mahaual. The beaches here are a bit rocky but
very calm and clear.
Playa Norte at Isla Mujeres
Playa norte has everything within
walking distance; The prices are very reazonable.
There are pedestrian only streets from which to
start a walk around town.
Wake up before 9 am and go to the beach
to catch the quiet ocean hour. Dolphins show up almost
every day and the water is so clear that fish can be
seen. Just by standin in the sand.
Cancun aereal view is awesome there
are helicopter tours available. parasailing is
another way to see it from above. When your plane
leave the pilot will do a courtesy turnarund cancun
to enjoy the view.
The Beach at playa Delfines
This public space is great to spend the day. There are no stores nearby
so bring your cooler. The beach in Cancun has come
Tortugas is very calm,
it is the one where the locals go, there is an
inexpensive yet good restaurant there. Is at the
kilometer six of the cancun kukulkan avenue.Bus
service 24 hours.
Playa Chac Mool, pristine white sand and
the sparkling azure Caribbean waters, makes this a
perfect spot to lie in the sun and watch the world
The beach at Punta Nizuc is rocky, but
not the sharp kind. The rocks are not tall and is
easy to get into the water. There is a lot of marine
life rigth when you jump into it. the depth starts
at 1.5 meters. gentle current.
is a small town located just 30 km
(19 miles) south of Cancun and 34 km (21 miles)
north of Playa del Carmen. Puerto Morelos Sport
Fishing Tournament during the last weekend in May.
Now in its 11th year, it is the granddaddy of
Caribbean sport fishing competition. Blue Marlin,
Sailfish, Amberjack and Dorado are among some of the
prize-winning catches. Visitors are encouraged to
join in. The Beach is white sand and the water very
clear. there are corals about 50 yards from the
beachline. The secret in this beach is to discover
the "Ojo de Agua" Underwater Cenote. It is located
in front of the "ojo de Agua" Hotel. Using your
snorkeling equipment , swim some 50 meters into the
ocean. look for a crack in the bottom of the ocean.
The crack is rocky , flat and about 3 meters long
and 1 meter wide. weet water purs out from it . it
is very impressive to look at it. Dont be scared is