Playa del Carmen Beaches & Beach Clubs
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 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.
Grand Coral Beach Club
An intimate beach club located inside the Grand Coral Resort area [at the far north end of Playa del Carmen], this offers beautiful soft sand beaches in a private setting. Two infinity-style pools overlook the remarkable view and there are several beds with curtains for extra privacy. This is a fantastic place for families, couples or people looking for an escape and a nice meal.
A fun and funky beach club with a rustic-meets-modern Caribbean style and groovy alternative electronic music, Canibal Royal has big beds to lay on, lounge chairs to relax in, upstairs and downstairs restaurant seating and “campfire” seating on the beach. With excellent food and great tunes; it’s the perfect place for people who want an experience outside Playa del Carmen’s center. It’s just a block from CTM / 46th Street, at the northern end of Playa.
Kool Beach Club – Calle 28
Kool Beach Club has a very mellow atmosphere and serves food all day long [including a breakfast buffet]. Lounge chairs and beds with giant pillows on the wide area of beach make this a great chill-out spot during the day and an excellent place to dance to a live DJ at night. There’s a small swimming pool up on the deck overlooking the beach as well.
Mamitas is a large, full-service beach club on one of Playa’s widest stretches of beach. Beds with canopies and DJ music during the day make this a fun, trendy destination. The restaurant menu consists of traditional fish dishes along with hamburgers, pasta and breakfast is also served. This beach club is right next to Kool and is host to several annual festivals, like BPM [in January] and the Jazz Fest [November].
Coralina Daylight Club – Calle 26
Nestled between the Grand Hyatt and Kool Beach Club, Coralina is a new daylight club known for its excellent sushi and hamburgers. More high-end than most of the other beach clubs, this place is about seeing and being seen as you party by the pool in your most fashionable swimsuit, drink in hand, to hot electronic beats. There are private luxury tents as well as a dining area and lounge chairs on the sand under red umbrellas.
Indigo is a perfect place to start your day in Playa del Carmen, with a fantastic breakfast buffet including cereals, fruits and cheeses and also a breakfast menu to order. It’s a good place for families, couples, groups or individuals looking for good food and drink with restaurant style seating and lounge chairs on the beach. Its central location is easy to get to and the size of this beach club is smaller than the others listed here.
Blue Parrot – Calle 12
One of Playa’s original establishments, Blue Parrot has stayed popular despite much of the beach washing away in recent years. The beach club is open everyday from 10am – 6pm, and Happy Hour is 1-3pm. There’s a little swimming pool overlooking the sea, along with a restaurant and bar and VIP terrace with great ocean views. Blue Parrot prides itself on serving a fresh, organic menu. There is an affiliated dive shop, hotel and on-site massage therapy as well. At night Blue Parrot transforms into a dance club, with special events like theme parties and fire shows.
Zenzi’s has the laid-back feel of a rustic restaurant bar that you may have found back in Playa del Carmen’s early days. They have lots of special events including live music, parties, movie showings and beach BBQs. Their drinks and appetizers are quite good. There is indoor seating back behind the bar and tables and lounge chairs under palm trees right on the beach. This is a great place to hang out with some of Playa’s local expat crowd. It’s right across from the El Faro lighthouse.
Wah Wah’s is easy to spot–it has the largest palapa of all the beach clubs, with live music on a huge stage at night and live music on a smaller beach stage during the day. There are outdoor tables and lots of lounge chairs on the wide stretch of beach that connect to a giant restaurant and bar under the palapa. There are tables upstairs that offer a great view of the water, where you can watch the ferries go back and forth to Cozumel. This spot is known for tasty brick-oven pizzas and the #1 BBQ in Playa del Carmen.