Playa Punta Esmeralda

Playa Punta Esmeralda, Playa del Carmen: Address, Playa Punta Esmeralda Reviews: 4/5

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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,269 contributions
Keep walking north
Dec 2020
Playa Punta Esmeralda is a hidden gem away from crowded PDC known only by locals, who told me to come here.
Get away the crowded PDC central part by walking along the beach north, some 30 min. After big names holiday resorts north from the pier, you'll reach this calm and almost empty beach (important during this Covid era). Sea here is calmer and fresh cenote water mixes with the sea.
Written January 22, 2021
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Don T
Sachse, TX176 contributions
What a gem. Highly recommend Playa Punta Esmeralda
Nov 2020
Our AIRBNB had a horribly represented beach that was eroded t the point it was useless so we decided to go check out a local spot. It didn’t disappoint. Playa Punta Esmeralda is a great location, with friendly locals that make you feel comfortable and wanted. We spent the entire day here. Enjoying the beach and cenote. On top of that there is a local raccoon that loves to visit everyone and beg for some treats. PEAKCHO is what the local police told us his name was. He will literally take treats from your hand to his. GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Written November 29, 2020
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Jeroen6000
Playa del Carmen, Mexico113 contributions
Relaxed walk from center
Mar 2020 • Solo
You can walk to playa punta esmeralda from playa downtown. Its a good walk en the view is amazing. Make sure you put on enough sunscreen as you walk in the full sun the whole time.
During the week is the best time because on a sunday this beach is packed!
Written October 16, 2020
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Mitch G
Toronto, Canada272 contributions
meeting the spirits with the Maya elder Luis Nah
Feb 2020
I have attended a number of rituals here at the cenote with Elder Luis Nah and the team known as Hambaj ka'an. a beautiful quiet spot to connect with the Maya energy of the water.
Written March 1, 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,761 contributions
Worth the walk
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were looking for a nice beach area that wasn't too crowded and we found it with Playa Esmerelda. It is around a 30min walk from the main part of Playa Del Carmen. There were mainly locals swimming here and there was plenty of room to relax. There isn't much shade, so having a beach umbrella would be a good idea. Not quite 5 stars as we also ventured the following day south of the Cozumel departure pier and found more beaches that were arguably more pretty with plenty of space.
Written February 21, 2020
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Michelle H
Indianapolis, IN25 contributions
Best Location
Jan 2020
We came here to visit the beach as it is in a cove like area so the water was calm. There was the Cenote. It was so clean and there were trees for shade. There were a lot of children playing in the Cenote but we stayed at the beach which was also wonderful. We did see the police patrol the area once. Snacks from the locals come around for purchase but they do not push anything.
We will go back!!
Written January 29, 2020
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Maggie
4 contributions
A walk to Playa Esmeralda
Jan 2020
You can escape the crowds and enjoy a leisurely walk to the beach, followed by a dip in the turquoise waters.
Keep walking along Quinta Avenida , crossing over CTM street,keeping the sea on your right. This route is perfect for strolling, jogging or biking as it's closed to traffic. You have greenery aĺl the way and a pleasant path. Keep going until you reach the Paradisus resort. A few meters on take the dirt track leading to the beach. The water is shallow and there's a lifeguard on duty. There's a family atmosphere. You can pay a few pesos to use the showers and toilet facilities.
Written January 11, 2020
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ErnieOTT
Ottawa, Canada128 contributions
Not as advertised
Dec 2019
After being in so many beautiful beaches in this area and Cozumel, Punta Esmeralda was not as great as expected. The beach itself is windy, lots of people, and you have to walk a lot, away from the main area, where most of the people is trying to get a spot to put a towel. The cenote, is not the cavern/hole like you think: is just a natural pool of fresh water (in title picture), great for the children though. On the right you have hotels and hotel umbrellas, and on the left you have a rocky beach. We stayed there a little bit, and went back to Playa del Carmen for other beaches. No too much parking available, no payment of any kind required here, unless you rent an umbrella or chairs.
Written December 27, 2019
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FusingFrannie
Boise, Idaho9 contributions
Loved the Local Beach
Dec 2019
It's about a 40 minute walk from 5th ave and Calle Norte 24, or a 100 peso taxi ride.

I went during a weekday and there were few people there. Seaweed was minimal. I waded into the freshwater cenote which was refreshing.

Very few shady spots to put down a towel so bring lots of sunscreen, or an umbrella.
Written December 24, 2019
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Rolly G
St-Pierre-Jolys, Canada90 contributions
Worth the walk
Dec 2019
Another hidden gem - public beach with many locals - nice fresh water stream and shallow swim area for families - yes the seaweed problem is part of the experience / I still recommend a visit & walk.
Written December 6, 2019
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