An Insider’s Guide to the Top 10 Beaches in the Riviera Maya

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No trip to the Riviera Maya is complete without a visit to one or more of the idyllic beaches in this tropical paradise. But where to go? Surely most beaches in this popular destination are filled to capacity with resorts, sunbathers, and tourists.

Not so. The Riviera Maya still has a few undiscovered gems that have yet to be claimed by developers. Believe it or not, you can still find uncrowded and unsullied beaches in the Riviera Maya.

Whether it’s seclusion you seek or a rocking beach party, these top 10 beaches are worth checking out during your stay:

  1. Maroma Beach. Known as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Maroma Beach is just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. If you want a luxury resort or hotel vacation where you can enjoy stunning views of the Caribbean, Maroma Beach may just be what you’re looking for. Many of the resorts and hotels on this beach make respecting the natural environment of the area a priority.   


    From @whitjeeee on Instagram

  2. Akumal. Translated to mean, “the land of the turtle”, sea turtles love to lay their eggs in this small Mexican village. Located 60 miles south of Cancun, the clear water and reefs of Akumal beach make for a perfect day of snorkeling and diving.

    From @flannerybloom on Instagram

  3. Mamitas Beach. If it’s a party you want, look no further than Mamitas Beach. It boasts the best nightlife in the area and hosts a number of concerts including the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the BPM Festival. Enjoy great music and company overlooking a stunning beach backdrop.


    From @moritarules on Instagram

  1. WahWah Beach. For the older crowd, check out WahWah Beach Bar. A sort of gringo bar located on the beach, they play a lot of 70’s and 80’s rock.


    From @melcokersc on Instagram

  2. Canibal Royal (aka The Reef Coco Beach). A little harder to get to, but worth checking out if you want a gorgeous, less crowded beach in Playa del Carmen. But bring your own amenities- you won’t find too many shops or restaurants nearby. Located around 48th Street.

    From @canibalroyal on Instagram

    From @canibalroyal on Instagram

  3. Playacar Phase 1. If you’re staying in Playa del Carmen, be sure to check out the beach at the Playacar Phase 1 residential development. You’ll find a wide, expansive and relatively quiet beach with fine white sand.


    From @mamiontour on Instagram

  4. Paradiso Beach. Located in the bohemian town of Tulum is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. On a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, be sure to stop by Paradiso Beach to enjoy its brilliant turquoise water, soft white sand and tranquil waves.

    From @stellabombella on Instagram

    From @stellabombella on Instagram

  5. Xpu-Ha. If it’s solitude you seek, be sure to visit the Xpu-Ha beach in the Riviera Maya. Located just 15 or 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, this beach typifies the ultimate remote, tropical paradise. Its calm, shallow waters are perfect for a day spent kayaking, swimming or just lying under the sun.

    From @mlleperrier on Instagram

    From @mlleperrier on Instagram

  6. Puerto Morelos. Halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you’ll find the small fishing and residential village of Puerto Morelos. The town’s quiet white sand beaches are set inside an offshore reef, creating calm waves for swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy.

    From @camspal on Instagram, Puerto-Morelos

    From @camspal on Instagram, Puerto-Morelos

  7. Punto Bete/ Xcalacoco. Travel just north of Playa del Carmen for yet another isolated beach. Its white sand, swaying palm trees, rustic beachfront housing, and breathtaking views are definitively worth the visit.

    From @ jhonagtz on Instagram

    From @jhonagtz on Instagram


2 Story Penthouse For Sale in Downtown Playa del Carmen

5 Penthouses for sale AVAILABLE at VARYING PRICES. STARTING AT $385,000

Uberlarge and spacious. Offering more than 1500 sq. ft. of interior space and an excess of 1100 sq. ft. of private rooftop, this is one of Playa del Carmen`s most expansive and opulent penthouse experiences.

Expansive and opulent penthouse

•  1,545 sq. ft., 3 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story – $385,000. Great Investment
MLS® #PDC558

– Best boutique condos in Playa del Carmen, we love this place!

The loft residence in Playa del Carmen is tastefully and luxuriously decorated in a contemporary style.

The suite is fully equipped with designer kitchen and GE Profile stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, full size side by side refrigerator with freezer, microwave, range, washer and dryer and dual speed hood extractor, ensuring a complete experience.


Laundry room with washer and dryer
Beautiful bathroom with dual rainfall showerhead
Air conditioning and ceiling fans in each room
Large bedroom with king bed and lots of closet space
66 ft lap swimming pool
24/7 security
These condos are highly sought after in a successful development in Playa del Carmen.
We love these, they are magnificently designed, inside and out.

Exclusive living environment with 18 different designs for 28 suites. High grade North American construction with exceptional high end finishings.

Prices starting from US $275,000/ Floor Plans from 1,707 sq. ft.

Features; 1,2, and 3 bedrooms and loft units, Ocean view PH, Premium finishings, Elevator, Hurricane protection, Large terraces, Individual storage units, Underground parking, 4 minutes away from the beach.

Spectacular 20 meter long heated pool with bar and designer furnished pool area.
Private gardens waterfalls.
Roof gardens with private pools.
Splendid 4 storey atrium.
Lobby with reception area.
Underground parking
Full sized handicap elevator.
Fully equipped fitness center.
Individual storage with A/C
Concierge and security 24 hours
High grade North American construction and design.
Open concept, light-filled living area

Pictures of property may vary according to availability.
Great rental pool, investment condo. Sale opportunity!

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Why You Should Consider Buying a property in a Pre-Construction Project


When buying property in the Riviera Maya, you’ll need to take several considerations into account. One of the most important decisions you’ll want to make is whether to purchase an already existing property or a unit in a pre-construction project. While the risk involved may scare many buyers off, buying pre-construction is worth considering if you want to save a good amount of money.

Below you’ll find some reasons why pre-construction projects make for great investments.


  • Pricing: The earlier you buy in the pre-construction project, the higher your gains. The prices for pre-construction are usually lower than those for an existing condo. In the preliminary stages developers are eager to advertise how many units have been sold since it makes for good publicity and attracts more buyers. Because of this, they often start selling units for an even lower rate early on. As an added bonus, the seller might give you a free upgrade to your unit to thank you for your bold move, e.g. a condo with an extra bedroom, a free Jacuzzi…


  • Automatic Appreciation: As more units get sold, the discounts become less and less available, eventually disappearing altogether, giving an automatic appreciation to the value of your property. For example, the unit you bought for $200,000 very early on will be worth $250,000 at the end of the project. And this gain doesn’t factor in any subsequent rise in market value. Think of the substantial profit you’ll make if you decide to sell it one day in the future!


  • Financing options: One of the big advantages of buying pre-construction is the ability to customize a financing plan. Once you have chosen your condo, you will have to put down a deposit- but the amount won’t need to be as large as a typical mortgage down payment. You will then pay the remainder according to construction progress (no interest is charged on these amounts). You can even transfer over to long-term financing, either through the developer or through a bank. This option will have to be discussed early on in the negotiation, however.  


  • No renovation costs: Buying early into a development offers more choices and will save you more money. When you purchase a pre-existing property, any changes you make to suit your taste will result in added costs. But not with pre-construction! The color of the walls, the lighting fixtures, the countertop materials won’t cost you one cent more, resulting in direct savings to you!!!


In the Riviera Maya, particularly the Playa del Carmen area, there are so many pre-construction projects that finding one that best suits your needs and budget is easy. Whether you choose a gated Community, villa, condo, development near a commercial center or golf course… you don’t have to compromise. So just pick your project, invest and start making a profit!

LRM’s pick: To help you find the best pre-construction project for you, the Living Riviera Maya’s team has pulled together a short list of remarkable properties.

  • ZULIM by GMB: Great prices in an up and coming neighborhood. They offer eco-friendly architecture, from studios to 2 bedrooms units.

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  • MIRANDA by SIMCA: A solid developer offering great design concepts. You can get beach views and on 38th St., the best area of Playa del Carmen!

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  • MAREA 34: Downtown living, very close to Playa’s best beaches. One and two bedrooms condos. Reliable developer. Only 22 units!

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  • HACIENDA ESCONDIDA: Very spacious condos in a gated community. This development will include a park with a freshwater cenote, green spaces, pedestrian areas, benches as well as an area for kids.

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  • THE GALLERY: A concept art residential project in Playa del Carmen with avant-garde architecture and unique design. Each space will be brought to life by a different national and international artist. Only 4 blocks to the beaches!

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Riviera Maya Film Festival Returns for Fifth Edition

Riviera Maya Film Festival Returns for Fifth Edition

Photo courtesy of Riviera Maya Film Festival on Facebook

Last week the Riviera Maya Film Festival returned for its fifth annual showing in Playa del Carmen. One of the area’s most anticipated yearly events, RMFF brings the people of the Riviera Maya the best in independent cinema, at absolutely no cost to the public.

As if the Riviera Maya didn’t offer enough with its beautiful weather, ocean views and warm people, you can now add world class cultural events to the area’s list of attractions. Along with the Jazz Festival in November, the electronic music festival in January, the RMFF is yet one more activity bringing art and diversity to the Playa del Carmen public. Imagine spending your summer nights viewing the latest international films, out in the open air with your toes buried deep in the Playa del Carmen sand.

With a history of 980 showings to 81,000 spectators, this year the RMFF delivers 59 more films, 43 national premieres and one world premiere, promising something of interest for nearly everyone to enjoy. Some of the films are just works in progress, others are national premieres on the cusp of international acclaim.

This year the festival worked with the Goethe Institute which sponsored the showings of 2 German films: 24 Weeks and Who is Oda Jaune? The RMFF also treated viewers with a screening of the latest Pedro Almodovar film, Julietta. The festival closed with Don Cheadle’s new movie Miles Ahead in which he both acted and directed. The movie chronicles the turbulent life of the groundbreaking musician, Miles Davis. Both Miles Davis’ son and nephew planned to attend the screening.

Riviera Maya Film Festival

Photo Courtesy of Riviera Maya Film Festival Facebook Page

But the RMFF doesn’t forget to include films made in its own country. Along with international films, included on the roster are 13 films made in Mexico.

Over the past five years the RMFF has grown to distinguish itself as one of the finest cultural events in the Mexico Caribbean. Not only providing quality films that otherwise would not be shown in the community, the festival gives a much needed platform for independent film directors to showcase their work. As Italian director Asia Argento explained, “Independent cinema would die if it weren’t for this type of initiatives.”

While the RMFF ran from June 24-30 in Playa del Carmen, it moved onto Isla Mujeres, Tulum, and Puerto Morelos as of July 2. So if you’re in town, be sure to check out what this premiere cultural event has to offer.

Home For Sale in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

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Starting @139,000 to 165,000USD

– This complex brings a combination of sustainable practices such as the eco-friendly architecture and use of renewable energy.

The building is designed to minimize power consumption .
Green walls and foliage to help maintain cool temperatures on terraces .
Use of natural and local resources for general building materials encouraging regional communities, thus contributing to reducing the carbon footprint during construction.
Solar panels : on the terrace to generate energy for common areas consumption and decrease maintenance fee.
LED lights in common areas

Located in the center of Playa del Carmen, are perfectly located.
Close to famous Fifth Avenue and the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. The complex has a total of 16 studios with 2
rooms averaging 645 square feet (60 m2)

Pool on Rooftop
Fitness center
Multipurpose Room
Laundry room

These new condos for sale are in a Premium location.

Nestled in downtown Playa del Carmen, these peaceful condos are within strolling distance from the Caribbean prístine beaches and Playa’s famous Quinta Avenida.
From 2 bedroom apartments (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom w/ lockout system) to two bedroom studios.

Call us to see these new condos or contact us to see any property along the Riviera Maya. From condos, homes or villas, we can help you find your dream home in the Mexico.

•  645 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story – $139,000. PreSale Eco Condos
MLS® #PDC139

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Home For Sale in El Cielo, Playa del Carmen

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– Pre-Sale complex from a reputable building in this El Cielo gated community.
36 condos in 3 towers, each tower will have 3 condos per level with 4 levels each. Elevator in each tower.
Very spacious condos for sale, up to 1560 square feet.


This development will include a park with a freshwater cenote, green spaces, pedestrian areas, benches as well as area for kids.

These are pre-sale prices and won’t last long !

MAIN LEVEL 162,500.00 USD
FIRST LEVEL 165,000.00 USD

The first 3 condos sold will be delivered furnished !
Delivery time is 14 months from now ! Summer 2017

Unit model available to visit so that you can appreciate the spaciousness of your future condo ! These are custom, so you get to choose your finishes, pick from a modern chic decor or elegant Mexican.

The Penthouse for sale will be an excellent investment, so call now !

Starting at $162,500-185,000USD

•  2 bath, 2 bdrm single story – $162,500. Pre-Sale
MLS® #PDC162

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Buying in Playa del Carmen…a dream come true!

Playacar-living in Playa del Carmen

LRM: Buying in Playa del Carmen…a dream come true!

You’ve been on holiday several times in Playa del Carmen and have fallen in love with the place, you have been considering buying a property in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, but you don’t know if as a Canadian or an American you can fully own a property there…

Good news!!!

Yes, Canadian and Americans can actually own a property in Mexico, through a bank trust.

Here are a few guidelines that will help you through the process of buying in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

First of all, you need to make sure that you really like the place, that it is where you want to spend all your holidays, or retire or possibly raise a family and start a business.

You need to be sure that it’s a place where you’ll feel at home, safe and happy. Not very difficult though when it’s Playa del Carmen!

The whole Yucatan Peninsula is actually one of the safest places in Mexico and Playa del Carmen has a unique Caribbean vibe…at night and during the day!

Then, once you know for sure you like the area, you need to find a great and knowledgeable agent. Someone who will find the perfect property for you; the one that will meet all your desires. Investing in a property is a big thing, it’s a big decision and whether it’s in your home country or in Playa del Carmen, you shouldn’t settle for less than a perfect match!

In addition,choosing a professional agency such as Living Riviera Maya,  with experience and credentials, will guide you through each step of the buying process. Their role is to help you choose the best property at the best price that fits your requirements.

The agency will take measures to protect you financially and make sure the title of the property is clear. Ideally, you should work with someone who speaks your language and knows very well all the local customs.

Last but not least, you will need to hire a good notary. Your real estate agency will help you with that, not to worry.

The notario in Mexico has higher education and is only person who can legally create titles for property or who can convey already existing title between people. That is one of the major differences in buying real estate in Mexico.

That person will go through all the paperwork and legal aspects. Mexico is not Canada or the USA so it’s preferable to work with someone really specialized in Mexican laws and regulations.

If all that is done correctly, you will become the happy owner of a Playa del Carmen real estate, with no bad surprises, no extra bills and where you will be able to relax and enjoy all the wonders of your new paradise!

Now that you are one step closer to buying in Playa del Carmen, do not hesitate to contact Judi Shaw at Living Riviera Maya…She and her team are your best allies! Fantastic record, extensive experience with expats, on site since 2003, Judi and her team will help you make your dream come true…trouble free!

Home For Sale in Downtown, Playa del Carmen

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– A gorgeous new condo complex in the heart of Playa del Carmen ! Choose from 1, 2 and 3 BEDROOMS condos for sale. STARTING AT $115,000 USDfor FULLY FURNISHED. Inside a complex including 161 APARTMENTS with great amenities.

A concept art residential project in Playa del Carmen with avant-garde architecture. and unique design. It proposes an artistic change in the heart of the city. Each space will be brought to life by a different national and international artist with their valuable touch.

Playa del Carmen is such fascinating city, attracting visitors from all over the world. With a magical atmosphere, eclectic vibe and a dash a Mexican tradition.
Due to its proximity to the Cancun International Airport and the idyllic village of Tulum, Playa del Carmen is well known for being the perfect starting point for those who want to explore and seek the colorful vibrant feel of the Riviera Maya.

Art Gallery
Adults Pool
Roof top with a sea view
English room
Sport Bar
Kids Club

Call us to get in the beginning of this affordable and unique complex in Playa del Carmen. The best of Playa del Carmen Real Estate !

•  1 bath, 1 bdrm single story – $115,000. Starting at $115,000
MLS® #PDC115

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Price dropped on Beach side in Playacar Phase 1, Playa del Carmen

Luxury home on Gorgeous Corner Lot

– Announcing a price drop on Beach side Playacar, a 5,400 sq. ft., 7 bath, 5 bdrm 2 story “Gorgeous Ocean view”. Now $1,650,000. Location + Ocean View
MLS® #PCR1.6

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Lot For Sale in Playacar Phase 1, Playa del Carmen

Luxury home on Gorgeous Corner Lot

– This gorgeous beach home for sale in Playacar Phase 1, sits on a corner lot, 5 steps to the Playacar beach, which is the best beach in all Playa del Carmen.
Playacar gated residential community of Playa del Carmen is the most exclusive and private residential community for discerning buyers.

This Playacar home for sale with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms has so much to offer.
Besides an outstanding design and style that makes it unique amongst homes in Playacar for sale, it has been built to a level of quality and finishes not seen before in Playacar. The home was developed by a luxury home builder that has built and bought numerous multi-million dollar homes in Mexico, The Caribbean and the United States. You can be assured of attention to high end American standards of design and construction.

Buying this Playacar home will be a fantastic family vacation home, or as a full time residence.
A large and luxury home in Playacar is also an excellent investment in Riviera Maya as a rental property.
Other homes in the area compare with a high high rate of return in rental income.

As you enter this home for sale in Playa del Carmen on the main level, the welcoming double green iron front doors lead into the main living areas with open floor plan, delivering a gourmet kitchen complete custom wood cabinets, large slab polished natural dark marble counter tops, and a large breakfast bar, complete with Wolf and Subzero brand appliances.
Other extra inclusions are a wine fridge, garburator, fans.

The kitchen flows naturally into the dining area that comfortably seats 10.
Your living room comfortably is furnished, and it opens to large terrace and the heated swimming pool !
This is another unique feature in the home of details.

Walking around you will notice the house has marble floors throughout as well.

Also on the main level you will find:
-a generous office space with large mahogany desk
-a bedroom with queen bed and beautiful ensuite bath, decorated with stone and glass
-and finally, the entrance also to the garage, which is a very unique and practical feature not usually offered in homes for sale in Riviera Maya.

Going up one level, where there are 3 more bedrooms, you will notice beautiful slab marble stairs.
From the master bedroom you will see ocean views and also from the Jacuzzi of the master bath.
Each bedroom has ensuite bathroom, with high ceilings for lots of natural light.

On the lower level we have a very large space that offers polished cement floors, a separate, curtained media room and here is where we will find the 5th bedroom.
For wine afficianados the wine cellar is sure to be a plus. Inside that can also double as a 6th sleeping spot

Throughout the home there is extensive air conditioning, electronics for the sound enthusiast

Some advantages are: corner lot, two car garage, pool outdoor seating area, and so much more.

Playacar community is secure, easy access to Playa del Carmen, the Cozumel ferry, 24/7 beach breeze and views.

What you will love about this area: the Beach, family activities, historical sightseeing, security, Caribbean blue waters and white fine sandy beaches.
Enjoy snorkelling, diving, kitesurfing, world-class shopping and dining or quiet family times on the beach.

Owners say to you “Enjoy this wonderful home, great location, and friendly Playacar”. This is the perfect home for large families or as an investment property for vacation rentals.

See the pictures and you are sure to fall in love with this gorgeous 5 + bedroom beachfront home.

You will find it all here in Playacar phase one, in the Riviera Maya Mexico.
Call us today to see this fantastic home.

Let me remind you by way of this summary why you want to call us and see this home in Playacar for sale:

Marble Floors Throughout
Travantine Accents
Conchella Flooring for Terraces/Pool Areas
Extensive Water Features/Fountains
Custom Hardwood Cabinetry
Mediterranean Styling
Custom Built Double Payne Windows
Central Air Conditioning
Oversized Doors
Imported Sinks
Custom Fixtures
Hunter Douglas Window Coverings
Two 42 Inch Plasma Televisions
LCD Flat Screen Televisions in Bedrooms
Bose Home Theater System and Speakers Throughout
Satellite Television
High Speed Wireless Internet Connection
Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Wine Coolers
Top quality garbage disposal
Water purification system
Wolf Oven
Wolf Stove Top
Temperature Controlled Wine Cellar
Outdoor fountains and water features
Art Cool LG-Air Conditioners with Remote Controls OR Central A/C
Jacuzzis Outside
1 Jacuzzi Bathtubs
Indoor/Outdoor Shower
High Quality Linens-550 plus thread count

•  5,400 sq. ft., 7 bath, 5 bdrm 2 story “Gorgeous Ocean view” – $1,650,000. Location + Ocean View
MLS® #PCR1.6

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