Roll out a towel on the finest beaches in the Mayan Riviera

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The Mayan Riviera contains some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Some are lined by villas that boast sleek modern design and all the hottest amenities, while others are blissfully deserted, with nothing but rustling palm leaves and crashing waves to keep you company.

Below, we will highlight our favorite getaways in this magical part of Mexico, so that you can decide which Riviera Maya beach is best for you and your clan…

1) Maroma Beach

Located north of Playa del Carmen, Maroma Beach has been hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by travel publications such as Discovery Travel & Living, and it’s not hard to see why.

With kilometres of deserted white sands, trademark powder blue Caribbean waters, and a fraction of the people that you’ll find walking the beach in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it is a heavenly sight to behold.

With a single resort facing this beach, you’ll have access to services if you so choose, but it is just as easy to pretend that it doesn’t exist simply by heading up or down the coast.

2) Paraiso Beach

Want to mix history and a brilliant beach destination? You’ll have a chance to do just that in Tulum at Paraiso Beach, as this slice of paradise sits beneath the cliffs upon which the temple ruins of this town sit.

Apart from making for one of the better photo ops you’ll get to take in the Mayan Riviera, this chilled out place has many restaurants and services tailored to backpackers and the artsy crowd, making it an excellent destination for those hailing from either camp.

3) Xpu-Ha Beach

Another great deserted beach in the Riviera Maya, Xpu-Ha Beach is accessed by a side road leading from the shoulder of the highway leading from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

A favorite of long-stay expats and locals, this peaceful place is where you can be free from the tourist hordes, big resorts, and loud parties.

You won’t have to pack your own picnic lunch though, as there is an establishment that serves simple Mexican fare facing the beach, with many dishes made from local catches.

4) Punta Bete

Another undeveloped tract of beach situated just north of Playa del Carmen, Punta Bete lacks any sort of major development, though given the beauty of this area, it is only a matter of time before this changes.

The only accommodation here is a rustic bungalow resort, which preserves the pristine beach atmosphere for day trippers and patrons of this establishment. Be sure to try the grilled fish at the restaurant for lunch or dinner!

5) Punta Allen

The ultimate getaway for those looking to flee any semblance of the mass tourism scene would definitely be the sleepy fishing village of Punta Allen.

Located on a sand spit peninsula that extends 60 kilometres south from Tulum, droopy palms, shallow crystalline lagoons and lost fishing gear strewn across its endless sands are what await you here.

The true treat of this destination is after dark though, as the complete lack of any other towns around allow the stars to shine to their full potential, which will be an unforgettable sight for career city dwellers.

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