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Playa del Carmen - A True Gem in the Riviera Maya
Originally named Xaman-Ha (waters of the north) Playa del Carmen is part of the Mayan World. Located on the crystal blue waters of the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen is just 40 miles (60 kms.) south of Cancun. Playa, as it is known as to locals, is the perfect spot from which to explore the fascinating sites of The Mayan Riviera. Playa del Carmen is known for its miles of white sandy beaches, phosphorescent Caribbean waters, and its laid back attitude... read more

Beaches and Weather in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya Mexico   by Steve Moen

Millions of people a year flock to Playa del Carmen, and the Riviera Maya, to escape cold weather, get a reprieve from work pressures, and take time off for serious rest and relaxation. The major attractions to the area are the white sandy beaches, the amazing crystalline waters, the laid back Caribbean attitude, and the warm tropical weather.

The climate in the Riviera Maya is semi-tropical, with an average yearly temperature of 80° degrees Fahrenheit (26 ° Celsius), which can rise to 100° degrees Fahrenheit (37.7° Celsius) in the hot summer months. June first is official start of hurricane season and ends on November 30th. From November to April, which is considered high season here;it is hot and sunny during the day and cool and breezy at night.
February to May 

February, March, April, and May are beautiful in The Riviera Maya. The Caribbean Sea is calm and clear and as summer approaches the water temperatures gradually rise. With warmer waters by May this is usually the time that the jelly fish, or "agua mala" come to our shores. So May is a perfect time of year to go cenote hunting! Nights can still be cool, but a sweater is rarely needed.

June to August 

During the summer months Playa del Carmen and The Riviera Maya are hot, hot, hot! The humidity rises so afternoons are steamy and hot. We highly recommend you stay close to a water source. 

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The Caribbean is so warm you can float the day away, and the cenotes stay at an even 78 degrees (25.5C) which is always refreshing. There is some rainfall in the afternoon and evenings, but it never lasts very long. The nights do not get much cooler so for a truly good night sleep air-conditioning and a good fan are highly recommended.

September and October 

September and October are considered the height of the hurricane and tropical storm season. We also can get a fair amount of rain during these months, however it doesn't rain everyday. It is still hot and humid with days and evenings registering similar temperatures.
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November to January 

These are the coolest months in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas, which means it is warm and sunny during the day and cool and breezy in the evenings. Rain is very rare during this time of year, but evenings can bring temps in the high 60's (15.5C) so a sweater is recommended.

Warm weather wear: Playa del Carmen and The Riviera Maya's weather does not fluctuate that significantly though out the year. It is the tropics so lightweight cotton clothing, beach wraps (pareos), and bathing suits are what you spend the majority of your time in. 

During the day, the climate is hot and light clothing, such as shorts and tank tops, are recommended. During the evenings you may need a light sweater or jacket depending on the time of year. For trips into the jungle, you should wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and shoes in order to fend off mosquitoes and other insect bites. Sturdy shoes should always be worn if you plan on going to see any archeological sights to keep you sure footed and able to explore.

Beaches and Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen and The Riviera Maya

Nuddy Beach Club and Bar: Located both in Playa del Carmen and in Tulum, Nuddy beach, pronounced nudie, is the quintessential beach club with lounger beds, bathing beauties, trendy tunes, and buckets of beers. Located just south of Mamitas Beach in Playa del Carmen, and about a mile south of the ruins in Tulum, it is a great place to people watch and enjoy everything the Mayan Riviera has to offer.

Mamitas Beach: Located in Playa del Carmen, Mamitas Beach and Beach Club has been around for years, but after being severely damaged by Hurricane Wilma, it has received a major facelift, and it is a favorite beach spot for both locals and visitors. It has beautiful covered beach beds, beach volleyball, excellent beach access, great tunes, and a restaurant and bar on site. It is also the annual host for the fashion show produced by Fashion TV. The best way to get to Mamitas is by the access road on Avenue First South between 28th and 30th Streets.

Tukan Beach: Tukan Beach and Beach Club is located directly between Mamitas and Nuddy Beach. Recently it also had a major face lift similar to Mamitas. Actually Tukan and Mamitas kind of just meld together to create the ultimate beach experience. Beautiful beaches, beautiful people, yummy food, water sports, and premiere lounging spots, you will not be disappointed.
Coco Beach: Considered as the northern beach this is a bit of a jaunt from Playa Mamitas and Playa Tukan, Coco Beach is considered to be more laid back and less trendy then its sister beaches to the south. But keep in mind that it is getting developed and there is a beach club in the works for the upcoming season.

Xpu-ha Beach: Located just south of Puerto Aventuras you can access this amazing stretch of beach by a sign that reads "La Playa" on your left hand side. If you miss the turn you can go a bit further south and there is a very small access road just north of the Copacabana Resort. This stretch of beach is a true slice of heaven with palm trees sprinkled along the shoreline, excellent snorkeling, and various cafes and bars that you can grab a bite to eat or a cold beer. 

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Although there are a few resorts that have access to this beach that have yet to take over completely and you can definitely while away an afternoon relaxing, and enjoying this quiet and tranquil Caribbean beach.

Tulum Beach and Playa Paraiso: Just to the south of the Tulum ruins there is an incredible stretch of beach even less populated then Xpu Ha. There are small palapa style hotelitos and cabanas along this beach that you can stay in that are relatively inexpensive. At the same time there are also trendy and chic beach resorts such as Mezzanine that will pamper you silly. Tulum is a very popular spot for kite boarding so you are likely to see the skyline peppered with colorful kites on a windy day. Overall this is one of our favorite beach spots that is in our area.
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Topless beaches in Playa del Carmen and The Riviera Maya:

Although it is actually illegal to sunbathe nude or topless on Mexico beaches, in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, it is tolerated. Due to the major European influences in the area most beaches you will see topless sun worshippers trying to get as much sun on their bare bodies. There are also clothing optional resorts and spas that cater to couples who want to vacation in the buff. Some remote area beaches you can strip down and bare it all. Keep in mind that Mexican Nationals are a conservative bunch so respect the locals, and if you are in a remote area keep a beach wrap close by. 

In addition women should always practice caution and safely if sunbathing nude or topless in a tucked away location or low traffic area.

Enjoy your stay in Playa del Carmen!
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About the Author - Steve and Sara Moen is a travel journalist and the editor of  Playa Maya News located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Caribbean Condos, Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen
Set like a jewel right on the sands of the palm-fringed Caribbean is where this lovely vacation condo is located. This splendid new resort is in an area once favored by the ancient Mayans. Pre-Hispanic ruins just outside your door can only hint at the past grandeur of their remarkable culture. Picture yourself enjoying the glorious turquoise waters of the Caribbean, world-class diving and snorkeling, white sandy beaches and golfing at the resort's magnificent golf course.  One bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units available.
Caribbean View Condo, Vacation Rental Condo, Playa del Carmen
Enjoy the Caribbean view from private balcony. 2 blocks away from the famous Mamita's Beach Club. Just a block away from the shopping and restaurants on 5th Avenue. Located near 1st and 32nd. 2 king size beds with quality linens.  2nd floor unit.  Only 9 units in the building. Large flat screen Cable TV. DVD/CD , also cable TV in the master bedroom. Many extras, including beautiful mexican artwork. A garage with parking for one, additional parking for another car.  Condominium - 2 Bedrooms - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 4)
Casa G, Vacation Rental Villa, Playa del Carmen
A comfortably equipped Mexican-style four bedroom house.  Nice sea view and swimming pool.   4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4 Double beds,  Sky T.V.   Air conditioning and ceiling fans in each bedroom.
Casa M, Beach Vacation Rental, Playa del Carmen
Non-Smoking, three air conditioned bedrooms, three bathrooms, fully-furnished, Mexican Villa. Master bedroom features a king-size bed, large closet with safe, bathroom with sunken marble tub, shower, and bidet. The second bedroom also has a king size bed, large closets, and bathroom with double sink, stall shower. The third bedroom is on second floor, very large, two twin beds and a bunk bed, large closet, and bathroom with both tub and shower. This villa features a very large living room. Open porch across front with view of ocean, screen porch on side, and patio in rear along with freshwater pool. Spiral staircase from pool area to very private sundeck with oceanviews. 
Casa MA, Vacation Rental Villa, Playa del Carmen
This Mexican Caribbean designed home is less than a 100 meters from the white sand beach and turquoise clear waters.  It has two living rooms, the upstairs large living room has a full bathroom, wonderful cool breeze, nice ocean view, a nice terrace and is a good spot for birds watching. In the downstairs you will find a big fully equipped kitchen, a very spacious dining and living room with a nice covered terrace, two big and confortable bedrooms with bathrooms, each bedroom has a wonderful terrace and the house is surrounded by a lush tropical garden.   2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.
Casa Marapete, Vacation Rental Villa, Playa del Carmen
4 bedroom, 4 bath villa just 50 ft from ocean with pool. Located in a quiet, upscale residential area, Playacar, and walking distance from the activity of town, Playa del Carmen. 4 Bedrooms/ 4 bathrooms, 2 Kings/ 4 Twin beds, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, Dish TV, CD Player.
Casa Parapete, Vacation Rental Villa, Playa del Carmen
2 storey villa with a/c in living areas as well as the 4 bedrooms, 4 baths. Enjoy sitting by the pool with the sun and ocean breezes. Short walk to town and the beach. Ocean view from the second floor.
Condominiums, Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen's newest condo development,  Condominiums, will remain small. Just thirty-six apartments will be available, in twelve attractive Mediterranean style buildings.  Each building has a roof top deck open for all condo residents. Watch the lights of Cozumel twinkle over the blue Caribbean as you sip margaritas at sundown, or meet your neighbors at an informal ocean view rooftop barbecue.  Every condominium includes a parking space, and the entire Playa del Carmen complex has 24 hour security.   The community is just behind the  Hotel, with beach access nearby at the public entrance.  Divers will enjoy the convenience of the  Hotel dive shop, which runs daily scuba diving trips to the healthy tropical reef running along Mexico's Caribbean coast.
Granada Gardens, Boutique Residences, near Playa del Carmen
Paradise beach between Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the renowned Riviera Maya. Private Gated community development.  5 minutes walking distance from mega resorts.  Positioned 35 minutes south of Cancun and 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen on the trendy Riviera Maya  This unique building concept is a blend of Mediterranean flair with Mayan mystery.  6 duplex residences each of 1,991 square feet. Each residence has three bedrooms.
Luxury 1 bedroom villa suite, Playa del Carmen
Affordable 1 bedroom luxury villa suite on golf course near stunning private beach in Playa del Carmen, Mayan Riviera, Mexico.  Sleeps 4.  Large 1737 sq ft. 1 bdrm suite contains: 2 double beds bathroom full kitchen sofabed Leather couches Marble floors Granite kitchen countertops TV & DVD Large terraces Beautiful original Mayan artwork Complimentary services include: Daily maid service Use of bicycles Shuttle ride to town, etc. Room service Free delivery of Blockbuster movie rentals-great for the kids Grocery shopping to stock fridge 5 star services include: Discounts on golf green fees PRIVATE CHEF and Butler great for large groups Optional all-inclusive meal plan is $60 USD per person per day. This can be purchase on a day-to-day basis. Enquire within.
Moon Condos, Beachfront Vacation Rental Condos, Playa del Carmen
Come enjoy the stunning beauty of the Caribbean in a luxury condominium with unparalleled views of the ocean. Playa del Carmen, one of the world's hottest destinations, boasts the gorgeous Caribbean ocean, white sand beaches, and the famous 5th avenue shopping and dining area. Moon Condos, a brand new deluxe ocean front condo complex, is the premiere location for a perfect vacation in Playa.  And the C-2 unit, located right on the ocean, with unbelievable, sweeping views of the ocean from all areas of the condos including both bedrooms, is the premium location within the complex. Flat screen TV's in the living and each bedroom, relaxing balcony furniture, comfortable beds, walk-in closet, safe, and friendly, professional maid and guest services staff. 
Paradise Villas, 1 Bedroom Luxury Villas, Playa del Carmen
The 6 x 1 bedroom villas are set in the exclusive, privileged and peaceful Paradise Beach community, forty feet to caribbean pristine beach.  6 architect-designed villas of 1,200 square feet, each with one private bedroom and a comfortable futon bed in the living room.   One Master Bedroom with a king size bed, large closet, and private bathroom with shower and bath, one comfortable king size futon bed in the living room, two bathrooms, full kitchen with outdoor dining terrace.
Penthouse Matt, Vacation Rental Apartments, Playa del Carmen
This 3 bedroom condo is in the north end of 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen.  About a 10 min walk to the high end shops and restaurants in Playa del Carmen's 5th Ave.  The first level is a dining room, living room and the kitchen.  The master bedroom has his and her banyos and a jacuzzi! The 2nd level there is a loft area which looks over the livingroom. On this floor there are 2 more queen size bedrooms. On level 3, there is a full bath, washer dryer. The roof top has a swimming pool woth lounger chairs,  regular table with chairs, an outdoor shower,  and a gorgeous view of the caribbean sea and town.  Arrangements can be made  for barb quing or catered dinners upon request.
RP Condos, Vacation Rental Condos, Playa del Carmen
This complex is located in Playa del Carmen's newest neighborhood. Luxury condos featuring courtyard fountains and pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The  Condos are located on famous 5th Avenue at 26th Street, within walking distance to Playa's fabulous restaurants and pedestrian promenade hosting galleries, entertainment and handicraft shops to upscale The cobble stoned streets are quiet in this safe neighborhood, only two blocks from Playa Tucan, one of the finest beaches in Playa del Carmen. Playa Tucan offers windsurfing, hobby cat sailing, snorkeling, fishing tours and dive shops. 
VA Suites, Exclusive 1 bedroom apartments, Playa del Carmen
Villa w/ 1 Bedrooms - 1 Bathrooms - Sleeps 2-4 w/ Pool.  Welcome to VA Suites, a neighborhood of private charming apartments in the heart of Playa Del Carmen with the beach just down the block!  VA Suites has been designed to pamper the dream - a unique home- like retreat. Come and treasure the moment! Seven fully-furnished, apartments comfortable for four with central air conditioning, master bedroom, kitchen with service for 6, living-dining room, patio. Charming swimming pool, roof-top sun deck with barbecue facilities and spectacular sunrise-sunset vista of the Caribbean.  Go diving, fishing, golf and tennis. Visit ancient Mayan sites, nature preserves, jungles and lagoons...or relax on your own private hammock and then...... DREAM. 
Villa #1, Luxury Vacation Rental Condo, Playa del Carmen
Villa #1 pays attention to every detail. A romantic getaway with polished marble flooring. The bedroom has a built-in  queen size bed, and it  overlooks quiet First Ave. and the jungle greenery. The bathroom has an oversized marble shower. Double glass doors from the living area open onto a bubbling pond.  The whirlpool and swimming pool are just steps from your front entry.  Villa 1 ( 1 Bedroom / 1 bath )
Villa on Maya Riviera, Luxury Vacation Rental, near Playa del Carmen
A luxurious 8 bedroom beachfront villa in the Mayan Riviera. It is located on the white sandy beaches of Tankah Bay. With 8600 sq. feet of space, high ceilings, spacious rooms, private pool, and a rooftop terrace which gives a 360 degree view of the entire bay.  Renting the villa ensures you a luxurious, worry-free stay that is full of amenities that go beyond standards on the Riviera. This villa will give plenty of space for up to 20 guests. Enjoy large family gatherings or retreats without feeling that someone is invading your privacy.
Villa Maya Riviera 1, Luxury Vacation Rental, near Playa del Carmen
The property is 50 acres with1000 feet of oceanfront, and is only 55 miles south of Cancun, 15 minutes from 2 ruins, 15 minutes from 2 golf courses.  3 suites with terrace, double bathroom (one with Jacuzzi) w/closet and 2 bedrooms, all with a/c, also includes living room, dining room seating 12 (and additional tables connected to the main table so that we can seat 25), a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, etc.

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