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These 3 Playa Del Carmen Beaches Are The Most Popular With Travelers Right Now

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The fall typically brings moderate numbers of visitors to the Mexican Caribbean, at least compared to peak seasons like spring or winter.

However, despite the low season, some of the region’s stunning coastlines never fail to attract visitors with its crystal clear waters and fine-grained sands.

And Playa del Carmen’s beaches are no exception.

Playa del Carmen beach

Recent reports highlight that despite the beach town’s relatively calm number of visitors, three certified beaches stand out due to their popularity among locals and travelers, particularly during the weekends.

In addition to these beaches’ inherent charm, the lack of pesky sargassum seaweed also plays a role in the current uptick in visitor numbers these beaches are currently experiencing.

Furthermore, travelers will be delighted to hear that this trend is fortunately expected to continue for the rest of the year.

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Meanwhile, let’s delve deeper into what makes these three Playa del Carmen beaches stand out from the rest and why they remain popular regardless of the season.

Playa Piñatas

Don’t let the whimsical name fool you: Playa Piñatas is actually one of Playa del Carmen’s most frequented beaches.

Its popularity has much to do with the beach’s strategic location –  next to the iconic Parque Fundadores, regarded as ‘The Heart of Playa del Carmen’ by locals.

Playa del Carmen sculptures

This seaside park is best known for its breathtaking views, impressive pre-hispanic sculptures, and for hosting traditional Mayan dance performances and other live shows.

And while you’re unlikely to find many candy-filled papier-mâché donkey-shaped figures at this beach, Playa Piñatas has plenty to offer.

Beyond its expansive stretch of pristine white sands and inviting turquoise waters, ideal for sunbathing, the beach is surrounded by numerous restaurants, bars, and handicraft shops (some of which might actually sell piñatas).

Playa del Carmen sculptures

To begin your classic Playa del Carmen beach adventure, Playa Piñatas is the place to be.

Punta Esmeralda

Although Playa Piñatas has its fair share of charms, it pales in comparison to Punta Esmeralda when it comes to sheer beauty.

Also known as Playa La Esmeralda, this delightful beach stands out as one of Playa del Carmen’s finest.  

What truly sets this beach apart is the presence of a small cenote, whose waters lead to the ocean, creating mesmerizing shades of blue.

punta esmeralda now mostly clear of sargassum

This unique feature makes Punta Esmeralda a family favorite, as even young children can safely frolic in the shallow waters.

While you won’t find much development or amenities in the area, aside from basic facilities such as bathrooms and showers, Punta Esmeralda’s secluded feel is an undeniable part of its overall allure.

That being said, you’re free to bring your own snacks and drinks, and, as a nice little perk, beach sunshades are available for free (as long as you provide an ID).

Calle 38

Known as one of Playa del Carmen’s most picturesque streets, Calle 38 is famous for its lush greenery and abundance of international restaurants, bars, and shops.

peaceful tourist street in playa del carmen

The public beach at Calle 38’s eastern end is equally enthralling, offering a generous expanse of pristine shoreline stretching 15 meters wide.

Locally, this beach is also known as Shangri-La Beach, named after a small hotel that once occupied the area but has since undergone renovation and rebranding.

Its privileged location, numerous blocks away from the bustling La Quinta Avenida and downtown beach clubs, has made it a favorite among beach lovers seeking a relaxed and blissful seaside experience.

beach paradise in playa del carmen with a hammock

The nearby OXXO store makes it very convenient to stock up on snacks for a delightful beach picnic. Lifeguards are also typically present to ensure visitors’ safety.

After a sun-soaked day by the shore, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at one of Calle 38’s outstanding restaurants, including the renowned Mai Thai and the beloved PIOLA pizzeria.

So, there you have it! Among Playa del Carmen’s numerous coastlines, these three beaches continue to captivate both locals and visitors alike, whether it’s due to their natural beauty, location, nearby attractions  – or all of these.

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