Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico
Xpu-HaPronounced “ish-pu-ha,” this ranks among the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the Riviera. With calm, very clear waters, it’s a popular spot for local families as well as travelers in search of a quiet afternoon. Despite the secluded location, south of Playa del Carmen, there are plenty of amenities for a comfortable day, like lounge chairs for rent, restrooms, snorkel-gear loan-outs, and a handful of excursions. You’ll also find restaurants and beach clubs famed for fresh seafood.
AFAR Local Expert
over 3 years ago
One of the World's Greatest Beaches
There are a few access points to Xpu-Ha, but all will deliver you to the edge of one of the world's most spectacular beaches, where an offshore reef breaks most of the waves. A handful of restaurants on-site but you can choose to sit in the sand if you want.
about 2 years ago
Playa del Carmen is abuzz with activity day and night, but that doesn’t mean visitors can’t find a secluded swath of sand to call their own. Riviera Maya is dotted with plenty of beaches that are largely free of other sun- and sea-seeking travelers. If you can find them—many aren’t indicated with signage or aren’t marked well—they’ll reward you true relaxation and, if you’re traveling as a couple, romance. Playa X’cacel is a favorite for its pristine soft sand (watch for nesting sea turtles) and a freshwater cenote (natural pool) where you can take a dip. It’s also worth seeking out Xpu-Ha, where your beach comes with a centuries-old Maya site, and Paamul, a quiet spot well suited to snorkeling and diving.