Skip to Content

These 3 Playa Del Carmen Beaches Are Trending With Travelers Right Now

Share The Article

Last Updated

The Riviera Maya wrapped up 2023 on a high note, with many destinations hitting over 90% hotel occupancy rates.

2024 is promising to be an equally successful year for the region, particularly for the highly popular Playa del Carmen, as hoteliers anticipate a commendable 85% throughout January.

Aerial view of beautiful Playa del Carmen beach

Even after the New Year festivities, Playa del Carmen’s beaches are still bustling, attracting around 5,000 beachgoers every day. 

According to Heberto Velásquez Hernández, Coordinator of Lifeguards in Solidaridad, three beaches have been particularly popular, drawing in thousands daily.

“We have had a significant influx, about five or six thousand people per day in strategic points such as Playa Fundadores, Playa Mamitas, Playa Punta Esmeralda, which are where we have the most influx of people,” he stated.

@grupotsalach Top 10 things to do in Playa del Carmen! #PlayadelCarmen #30aniversario #Solidaridad #Beach #Playa #destination #GrupoTsalach ♬ sonido original – Grupo Tsalach

With dozens of gorgeous beaches to choose from, including 9 with the prestigious Blue Flag certification, what sets these three Playa del Carmen beaches apart?

Keep reading to find out!

Playa Fundadores

It’s impossible to miss this iconic beach during a Playa del Carmen visit, as it’s located next to the ADO bus station at the beginning of the Quinta Avenida.

This is a good thing since this beach not only embodies the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean but it’s also a vibrant place, rich in culture and history.

There’s always something going on here, whether it’s pre-Hispanic dances, live music shows, street artists, or comedians.

@esmaragdocamaz Playa Fundadores y Arco Maya #mexico #PLAYADELCARMEN #TURISMO #drone #love #mar #caribe #esmaragdocamaz ♬ How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees

Here, you’ll also find numerous arts and crafts and clothing shops, bars and restaurants serving local delicacies.

Playa Fundadores is a significant landmark for locals, with Fundadores Park adjacent to the beach serving as a meeting point and sports court since Playa del Carmen’s early days as a small fishing town in the 50s.

You might recognize Fundadores Park as the place where the famous Maya Portal bronze sculpture stands, towering at 16 meters high and standing as one of the most Instagrammed spots in Playa del Carmen.

Playa Mamitas

Playa Fundadores’ lively charm makes it a highly popular Playa del Carmen beach, yet it’s no match for the stunning Playa Mamitas in terms of sheer beauty.

@focus_on_now 🍹Mamita’s Beach Club Restaurant #playadelcarmen #playa #mexico #mamitasbeachclub #picnicmamitas #tiktoktravel #visitqroo #caribbean #playacancun #beachvibes #vacation #travel #foodie #fyp #fy ♬ Love Nwantiti(Dance Ver) – FYP 🤍🇲🇺

Regarded as one of the finest beaches in the Riviera Maya, Playa Mamitas’ tranquil shores, lack of currents and few rocks make it a perfect place for swimming, snorkeling and other water sports.

Moreover, this beach is rarely affected by the pesky sargassum seaweed that often plagues these shores, as anti-sargassum barriers installed by the municipality shields it.

crystal clear blue water and sugary white sandy beach in playa del carmen

Beyond its natural allure, Playa Mamitas offers a vibrant atmosphere featuring music and dance at the renowned Mamitas Beach Club. 

This unique combination of beauty and ambiance makes Playa Mamitas an absolute must-visit destination for beach lovers exploring Playa del Carmen.

Playa Punta Esmeralda

Located at the end of the Colosio Colony in Playa del Carmen, this beautiful beach offers a more secluded ambiance compared to its bustling counterparts.

Travelers visiting this serene coastline will be captivated by its main attraction: a small cenote which flows directly into the sea, creating a mesmerizing hue of various shades of blue due to the mix of salt and freshwater.

Punta Esmeralda beach in Playa del Carmen

Since the beach is shallow, it’s a popular place for families with little kids, who can also enjoy beach sports at the vast stretch of sand.

Beyond family enjoyment, Playa Punta Esmeralda also attracts couples seeking a romantic and serene experience during leisurely strolls along the shoreline.

Popular activities like kayaking and kitesurfing draw adventure enthusiasts, while palm trees near the cenote offer a perfect spot for a beachside picnic.

Playa Punta Esmeralda is massively popular with both locals and tourists, offering a variety of attractions that few Playa del Carmen beaches can rival.

punta esmeralda now mostly clear of sargassum

With their perfect combination of natural beauty and a vibrant atmosphere, Playa del Carmen’s beaches offer an unparalleled Mexican Caribbean experience.

So, their current popularity among winter travelers truly comes as no surprise.

Plan Your Next Cancun Vacation:

Traveler Alert: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance For Your Next Trip!

Choose From Thousands of Cancun and Riviera Maya Hotels, Resorts and Hostels with Free Cancellation On Most Properties

↓ Join the community ↓

The Cancun Sun Community FB group has all the latest travel news, conversations and tourism Q&A’s for the Mexican Caribbean


Subscribe to our Latest Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to The Cancun Sun’s latest breaking news affecting travelers, straight to your inbox.