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All along the coast of the Riviera Maya you'll find white-sand beaches and a turquoise sea. Some of the beaches have calm waters and are far removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city; while others have all the necessary tourist services to enjoy a sunny day at the beach and do your favorite water sports.

Playa del secreto and Playa Paraíso. These two beaches are located on the road that links Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen, and they lie about 5 km (3 mi) apart. At Playa Paraiso you'll find an all-inclusive hotel with solar and aeolian energy sources. These places are favorite spots for marine turtles and crabs.

Xcacel. Located 44 km (27 mi) south of Playa del Carmen. This beautiful and clam beach is one of the preferred nesting grounds for the sea turtles that come each year to lay their eggs. The glaring ivory sand and the turquoise waters make every evening a delight.

Kantenah. Located about 30 km (18 mi) southwest of Playa del Carmen. This place has calm waters that are ideal for those who want to get away from all the commotion. The beach has small, comfortable and discreet, hotels with complete services.

Boca Paila and Punta Allen. These two beaches are the preferred spots for those who enjoy ecotourism since they are both located within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. It is worth mentioning that in this part of the peninsula you'll find limited tourism development. Hostels, inns and small hotels are waiting for you with open arms. The most attractive quality of these beaches is this limited access.

Puerto Aventuras. Located 35 km (21 mi) south of Playa del Carmen, is the ideal tourist resort if you want to relax in a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere. The downtown are consist of a lively marina with full of atmosphere, restaurants, bars and stores. There's even a museum of sunken ships. But if you truly love the beach life, visit the hotel zone, where you'll discover calm and pleasant Caribbean beaches.

Playa Paamul. Located 15 km (9 mi) from Playa del Carmen, between Puerto Aventuras and Xcaret. This place offers various tourist services including bungalows, restaurants, convenience stores and 24-hour security. Here you will find a gently sloping beach, where you can scuba dive and do other water sports.