Playa del Carmen Beach

The main beach at Playa del Carmen is part of a resort town in Mexico, on the fabulous Yucatan Peninsula. Located about 55 km (34 miles) south of Cancun airport, this beach community has it all.


Playa del Carmen’s main beach can be reached from Cancun, or its airport, via shuttle, taxi, bus, or rental car. Transport methods might depend on how many people are traveling together, and how much one is willing to spend.

Private transfer services will take guests from the airport directly to their hotel, and range from roughly $50-80 USD. Round-trip service can be arranged at a somewhat reduced price. Taxis are often more expensive than private transfers.

The most economical option for tourists is the bus, but they don’t always run on time, and one is left at a bus stop to walk to the beach or to their hotel.

Staying at one of Playa del Carmen’s nearby hotels or all-inclusive resorts is the easiest way to reach its main beach.

Services and entertainment

Once on the main beach at Playa del Carmen, it’s not hard to find services on this public playground. Food and drink are extremely close and being sold up and down the beach from numerous bars and restaurants. Public bathrooms are also available but are not directly on the beach. They are a short walk into town away.

Beach chairs and other rentals are also easy to find. If one stays at a hotel or resort on the beach, they will likely have access to that hotel or resort’s furniture and equipment. Lifeguards are also present on the beach.

Volleyball nets are also on the beach, and those desiring other beach related activities need not look far to find rental options.

Overall, those looking for an abundance of service options and convenience will find all they’re looking for at Playa del Carmen’s main beach.

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Hotels near the beach

  • The Royal Haciendas (5 stars, free wifi & breakfast for guests)
  • Fairmont Mayakoba (5 stars)
  • Playa Palms Beach Hotel (3 stars)
  • Porto Playa Condo Hotel & Beachclub
  • El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
  • Hotel Boutique Posada Mariposa


  • Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Car Parking
  • Watersports
  • Changing Rooms
  • Showers
  • Sunbeds
  • Umbrellas

Beach on the map

Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya,