Main Beach




Main Attraction

Though it lacks for a better name, Playa del Carmen’s two-mile-long Main Beach doesn’t lack for much of anything else.

It’s got those turquoise waters everyone’s crazy for, the dreamy white sand and palm trees, and the active nightlife scene that’s ever-fueled by the joyful energy of vacationers from all over the world.

A hip and cosmopolitan beach town, Playa del Carmen caters to laid-back explorers, curious backpackers and stylish expats who are charmed by the area’s many draws.

Find What You Fancy

Walking along the popular stretch of Main Beach, you’ll see crowds from nearby hotels and condos chilling out beneath the sun’s rays. You might notice a high number of Canadians, Americans and South Americans here—Playa del Carmen has become hugely popular with these communities, and their presence contributes to the town’s international feel.

Check in with a water sports vendor or a snorkeling tour operator if you want to hit the waves, or head to the nearby ferry dock to take an excursion to Cozumel.

All beaches in Playa del Carmen are public, so walk freely until you find exactly what you want to do.

Dining and Nightlife

Once the sun sets, most visitors pack up and hit the lively restaurants and bars that line Fifth Avenue, which is Playa del Carmen’s party central and main business strip.

This is a fabulous place to people-watch, sip a beer, chat with fellow vacationers or, if you feel up to it, dance the night away.

In contrast to the beach’s sleepy mornings and afternoons, Main Beach’s evenings turn up the volume and incite merrymaking with their seductive rhythms. Take a shot, or just take it easy. Your choice!

Main Beach at a Glance

City:Playa del Carmen

Country or State:Mexico

Length of Beach:.5 miles

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:Between Oct. and Dec.

High Season:January to March

Low Season:April to December


  • Restaurants, bars, shopping, nightlife
  • Chairs, umbrellas, water sports equipment
  • Lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

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