Playa del Carmen has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and there are lots of wonderful beach clubs where you can enjoy great food and drink and keep your toes in the sand.
We went out, did some research, and found our favorite beach clubs. These are the ones we think you’ll enjoy the most — we certainly did! Use this page as a guide and find your own favorites.
All beaches in Playa del Carmen are open to the public by federal law. So that means you can put your towel down on the beach wherever you’d like. If you want to use lounge chairs, the pool, bathrooms, or other facilities of a beach club or resort, there may be a fee or restrictions.
The easiest way to get to the public beaches is where the streets [calles] of Playa del Carmen meet the beach. Direct access to some beaches is restricted because a hotel or a private home has a concession on the beach (mostly in areas such as Playacar Phases I and II), but there are still several beach access points there, too.
Public beaches are maintained by the city and the beaches are typically cleaned of seaweed and garbage every morning. Resorts and big hotels maintain the beaches in front of them. There are also several lifeguard stations on Playa del Carmen’s main beaches.