The breathtaking beaches of the Riviera Maya, Mexico call out to the camper in many of us! Even if you hated family camping trips as a kid, you might very well fall in love with beach camping here in the Mexican Caribbean. Spend a perfect day on the beach framed by the sun rising and setting! Enjoy the changing palate of colors over the bright turquoise ocean and sparkling white sand beach that you can call home for the whole time you are camping!
Check out the TOP FIVE PLACES TO CAMP IN THE RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO and decide for yourself if camping has a new appeal for you!
#5- PAA MUL
- Located only 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen
- Cost- $100 pesos a person per tent
- 24 hour security
- Bathrooms and Showers- good condition
Paa Mul is well marked and very easy to find. Head South of from Playa del Carmen on the Federal Highway and you will see the sign for Paa Mul on your left! You can even hitch a ride with one of the Combis or Colectivos that the locals use to get to travel the length of the Riviera Maya.
There is a small store at
the entrance where you can pick up any supplies you may need. Paa
Mul also has cabañas for rent and a hotel, just in case you decide you can´t make it through the night in
Paa Mul bay has great snorkeling!! There is equipment rental available and snorkel tours and SCUBA tours are available as well.
Paa Mul is a beautiful bay area with rocky beach and lots of sandy spots. It is usually quiet and is a wonderful place to spend the day.
also a restaurant with a lovely swimming pool right on the bay- who
says you have to eat yucky food you cooked yourself over a bad
campfire!? Live it up with delicious fresh seafood from the
- Located 20 minutes South of Playa del Carmen
- Public facilities, bathrooms and showers- fair/OK
- $150 pesos per person per tent
- 24 hour security
An easy drive from Playa del Carmen and easily accessible by bus or Colectivo, Xpu Ha bay is home to many some fabulous beach clubs and is famous for the Kite-Surfing School located on this gorgeous tranquil bay.
Xpu Ha has a couple of beach clubs to choose from along with restaurants and plenty of water-sports and beach activities available. Parasailing, Kite-Surfing, snorkeling, and SCUBA are some of the more popular activities available.
The wide beach and powder soft sand make Xpu Ha a haven for sea turtles. If you are lucky enough to find yourself here for sea turtle season, you can volunteer to help the sea turtle conservation group of Xpu Ha on their nightly turtle walk and release baby sea turtles into the Caribbean Sea.
The calm water and powder soft sand make Xpu Ha bay the perfect beach for families to enjoy and make for excellent beach camping.
#3- CAVELANDS - CHEMUYIL
- Location south of Akumal past Chan Chemuyil
- Great for Gatherings
- Cabañas, tent camping or rent the teepee- tent camping $100 pesos per camper per tent and cabañas start at $250 pesos a night.
- Kitchen, bathrooms, showers- very well maintained
- Contact Don Renzo for more info email@example.com
Cavelands is located on the jungle side of the federal highway. Just past Akumal, the turn off is the same as for Chan Chemuyil (a small residential community). Cavelands is more challenging to find and is for campers who have a good sense of adventure and a car!! You could take a colectivo or the Mayab bus line and get dropped off on the side of the highway but the hot trek to the campground is more than your average camper is up for, to say the least!
Cavelands is located on a cenote route. There are caves and water holes all along this jungle stretch of unpaved road. Cavelands, true to its name has caves and even a cenote tucked away on the many acres of jungle land available for campers to wander freely.
This is a fantastic place to have a major event! There is plenty of space for parties with a huge campfire area and an enormous teepee for rent as well. Looking for that perfect place to host a live band and have a serious camping fiesta? Cavelands very well could be the place for you!!
Jamie is the year ´round caretaker. He is a wonderful, friendly little man! Buddy up to him and he will help you with anything you may need to live it up in the jungle!
#2- SOLIMAN BAY
- WAY OFF the beaten path
- Dubious Facilities
- $100 pesos per person per tent per night
- Located South of Akumal before Tulum
- 24 hour security
Soliman bay is BY FAR the most breathtakingly gorgeous beach. This is camping for the truly hardcore. It is not actually a campground, rather the end of the road, tiny beach restaurant palapa where the owner will let you camp if you wish to do so.
To get there, go south of Akumal to Soliman bay. Follow the signs on the Highway for Oscar and Lalo´s and head towards the ocean. You will come to a gated residence. Tell the guard at the entrance that you want to camp overnight at the restaurant at the end of the road. He will certainly smile and wave you through, telling you that if you need anything during the night there is always a guard on duty.
If you want to live the experience of having the whole beach to yourself, Soliman Bay is for you! There are a homes leading up to the restaurant, but the rest of the point is deserted. There is sure to be no electricity and perhaps not even bathroom privileges after the restaurant closes for the day but if you are a TRUE lover of nature and wish to commune with the beach, then you will LOVE the solitary camping experience that Soliman Bay can provide.
- Located just south of the Tulum Archeological Zone
- Canbañas or tent camping available
- $100 pesos per camper per tent
- Cabañas start at $400 pesos a night
- Bathrooms are passable
Tulum is the all around favorite place to camp in the Riviera Maya for ease, comfort, price and beach quality. Campgrounds come and go along the road that follows the ocean to the Tulum Archeological zone, but this particular campground has been there for years and will continue for many more to come to be sure. This campground area is referred to as Zazil Kin, and Playa Pescadores. It is easy enough to find as it is just a hop skip before the back entrance to the ruins from the road that runs along the beach.
Snorkeling tours and kite-surfing along with parasailing and many other water-sports are available on this gorgeous wide stretch of sparkling white beach at very reasonable prices.
Tulum has all of the restaurants, grocery stores and conveniences that you could possibly need for your beach camping adventures. Tulum is also a very laid-back, friendly, hippie-dippie, bike-riding and hitching rides kind of town. There is a bus terminal in Tulum so transportation is simple. There are also an ample supply of taxis and bicycles for rent to help you move about.
In Tulum you can enjoy chilaxin' on the beach, meeting new friends at one of the local watering holes in town, climbing ancient ruins, participating in water-sports or just taking it all in while contemplating the sunrise.
All in all, whether you choose to camp out, stay in a rustic cabaña, sleep in a hammock hung between two palm trees, live it up in an eco-chic boutique hotel cabaña, or stay at a sprawling all inclusive beach resort in the Riviera Maya--
There is no wrong way to beach it!!
Lisa Love Juliot
walked across the California, Mexico border with a backpack and the
intent to travel all of Mexico and Central America. Eight years later,
her journeys continue throughout the Riviera Maya and Yucatan
Peninsula. She currently resides in Playa del Carmen and spends her
time exploring this magical area. She enjoys working for BuyPlaya, a local Playa del Carmen real estate company as
the Social Media Community Manager. A long time blogger and travel
writer, sociologist at heart and amateur photographer she is
enthusiastic about Mexico travel and culture. Follow Lisa on Twitter,
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