Punta Esmeralda

Playa del Carmen

Emerald Point has become a favorite beach among Playa del Carmen locals, set on the northern edge of the city. Here, a shallow cenote provides a calm coastal pool where kids love to play, and the soft white sand beach is an idyllic spot to spread your beach towel for a day by the ocean.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Playa del Carmen attractions

1. Aquarium

1.96 MILES

An impressive three-story aquarium with 200 marine species and 45 exhibits. One of the few options in Playa for nonbeach days.

2. Quinta Avenida


Restaurants, bars, stores and craft stalls line a 2km stretch of this busy pedestrian thoroughfare.

3. Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya

2.12 MILES

This 'museum' is mainly info about Kahlo rather than displays of her artwork. It's also small. But if you're looking for something to do on a non-beach…

4. Punta Bete

2.26 MILES

A rocky, reef-hugged point 65km south of Cancún, Punta Bete is reached by a dirt road that runs past a housing development and weaves 2.5km from Hwy 307 …

5. Parque Fundadores

2.41 MILES

Playa del Carmen’s most iconic park is bordered by the famous Quinta Avenida on one side and by a popular local beach on the other side. Here, kids can…

6. Parque la Ceiba

2.76 MILES

Two blocks west of the highway, this pretty park has play areas for kids, shady picnic spots and walking trails as well as activities such as movie…

7. Sea Walls

11.75 MILES

Local and international artists backed by the PangeaSeed foundation created 36 large-scale public murals in 2015 to raise awareness about ocean…

8. Paamul

12.68 MILES

Paamul, 87km south of Cancún, is a de facto private beach on a sheltered bay. Like many other spots along the Caribbean coast, it has signs prohibiting…