Visiting the world-renowned Caribbean beaches is one of the top things to do during a trip to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.
A beach club is the perfect place to eat, drink, and indulge while enjoying the beaches in Playa del Carmen. As a Playa del Carmen local, I’ve had plenty of time to check out all the beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.
Whether you’re looking for a place to party or simply want to relax, there’s a beach club for every kind of vibe. Read on for my guide to the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen for every type of traveler.
About Playa del Carmen Beach Clubs
A beach club is essentially a beachfront restaurant offering premier beach access and the opportunity to rent lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and receive food and beverage service.
Why visit a beach club?
If you want to visit the beach and you’re not staying at one of the many beachfront hotels in Playa del Carmen, you’ll definitely want to consider visiting a beach club for comfortable beach access and food and beverage service.
Comfortable Beach Access
My number one reason for visiting a beach club in Playa del Carmen is for the comfy lounge chair and the shade. I love going to the beach but it can get pretty freaking hot all year round.
Having an umbrella for shade makes it SO much more enjoyable. Plus, you’ll have premier beachfront access and not have to fight the crowds for a spot on the sand.
Food and Beverage Service
My number two reason for visiting a beach club is for the food and beverage service. After all, does a trip to Playa del Carmen really count if you’re not sipping a frozen cocktail on the beach?? Keep the strawberry daiquiris and frozen margaritas coming, please!
What can you expect?
Beach clubs are basically all about the amenities. At Playa del Carmen beach clubs you can typically expect to have:
- Lounge chair or beach bed
- Umbrella for shade
- Food and beverage service including alcohol
- Bathrooms or changing facilities
Some of the higher-end Playa clubs might also offer private cabanas, pools, bottle service, massage services, towels, and wifi.
Are beach clubs private?
It’s important to know that Mexico recently passed a law to guarantee public beach access to all beaches in Mexico.
That means that even though beach clubs operate on the beach, the entire beach area is “technically” still open to the public.
Most beach clubs do their best to rope or section off their beach beds and lounge chairs but this doesn’t always prohibit people from laying down their own beach blanket or chairs in the same space.
Some are more private than others so I guess you can call them “semi-private”.
What’s the vibe?
The beach club vibe in Playa del Carmen is honestly what you make it. You can find high-energy beach clubs for partying or more relaxed beach clubs to just chill out.
Playa del Carmen beach clubs are less trendy and bohemian than those you would find in Tulum, but still great spots for good music, tasty food, and refreshing drinks.
How much does it cost?
Most beach clubs operate under a consumption-based model. This means that you will pay a fee to rent the lounge chairs but then all or part of this amount can be used for food and beverage.
For example, you may pay $700 pesos (~$35 USD) for the lounge chair rental, but then you can use $500 pesos (~$25 USD) for food and beverage.
The amount you will pay will depend on the beach club and the time of year. During high season (December – February) you can expect to pay more. On average, the price is around $30-$40 USD per person.
After you pay, they will usually give you a bracelet or wristband, and then you can choose from the available beach chairs.
Best Beach Clubs in Downtown Playa del Carmen
The beaches in downtown Playa del Carmen are a little more compact but there’s still a ton of great beach clubs to enjoy.
I personally prefer the beach clubs north of the Constituyentes ferry (see map at the end of the post), as the beaches are a little wider and the water is usually more clear and has less seaweed.
Best Party Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen
It’s no secret that Playa del Carmen is also a popular party destination. If you’re in town for a bachelor or bachelorette party, I would definitely recommend these beach clubs for the music, dancing, and party atmosphere.
Coralina Daylight Club
Located right next to the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, Coralina Daylight Club is a little more upscale and known for having the best beach party in Playa del Carmen. It’s definitely the most popular beach club for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Coralina is adorned with stylish red decor and features a swimming pool where they host rowdy pool parties with loud music, go-go dancers, and champagne blasters.
It can get pretty crowded so you’ll definitely want to reserve in advance especially if you have a large group.
You can submit a reservation request on their website here. Note requests must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance.
Mamitas Beach Club
Mamitas Beach Club is considered by many to be the best beach club in Playa del Carmen. I’ve been there several times with friends and family and have always had a fun time.
It’s a large full-service beach club that offers lounge chair and sunbed rentals, and a separate restaurant with a full food and beverage menu. The food is nothing stellar but will hit the spot when you want to have nachos on the beach.
Mamitas is probably borderline party beach club because it’s located right next to Coralina but it’s not quite as rowdy. The music can get a little loud sometimes but it really just depends on the season.
Once you arrive, head to the ticket stand behind the main restaurant to purchase your wristbands.
Martina Beach Club
Located on the north end of Playa del Carmen in the Coco Beach area, Martina Beach Club is a higher energy spot with party music, dancers, and a swimming pool.
It’s located right next to Encanto Beach Club but is a little more upscale with nicer beach beds and cabana rentals.
This part of the beach at Martina Beach Playa del Carmen is nice because it’s a little more secluded but depending on the day and the tide, the beach area here can be a little eroded.
Best Relaxed Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen
If you’re the type of traveler that just wants to relax, disconnect, and avoid the party scene, you can definitely find that in Playa del Carmen too.
Kool Beach Club
Kool Beach Club Playa del Carmen is located right in between Mamitas and Coralina but is much more tame. The music here can sometimes be a little loud but it’s definitely not quite as party-oriented.
The club offers a full food and beverage menu, as well as a swimming pool, which is a great place to relax especially if the seaweed is bad.
You can choose from the cushioned lounge chairs in the front, plastic lounge chairs towards the back, or splurge on a cabana.
Once you arrive, you can actually select your specific chairs electronically from a movie-theater type seating chart. Reservation requests can also be submitted in advance on their website here.
Zenzi is one of the best bars in Playa del Carmen but it also doubles as a beach club during the day. You can rent comfortable lounge chairs or just hang out at the restaurant.
The menu at Zenzi Beach Club Playa del Carmen offers a mix of American and Mexican cuisine with a full-service bar.
Plus you can stick around in the evening for live entertainment and free salsa lessons.
Encanto Beach Club
Encanto Beach Club is located on the north side of Playa del Carmen near the Coco Beach area.
Because it’s a little further away from the more central beach clubs, it’s usually less crowded and more chill.
Encanto offers beach chair rentals, a full-service bar with swings, and massage services. It’s not super posh but a nice spot if you want to escape the crowds.
INTI Beach Club Playa del Carmen is located not far from Fusion and is a beachfront restaurant with stylish and trendy decor.
The menu is a little more expensive and upscale offering items like baguettes, salads, ceviches, and seafood.
I really like INTI as a restaurant but the beach area is very small and most of the time, not the best.
In my opinion, it’s a better spot just to eat or work at the beach with some nice ocean views.
Lido Beach Club
Lido Beach Club Playa del Carmen is a cute beach club and breakfast restaurant that is super popular among the locals.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by cute string lights and red hearts hanging from the trees.
There are also some fun swings at the beachfront bar. The beach area at Lido isn’t always the best but the food is good, the service is great, and it has a welcoming atmosphere.
2022 Update: Fusion is temporarily closed but will hopefully be reopening soon!
Fusion Beach Bar Playa del Carmen is my favorite beach bar in Playa del Carmen and it also doubles as a beach club during the day.
Fusion offers lounge chairs, a decent food and beverage menu, and oceanfront massage services.
It’s also most notably the home of Aloha Paddle Club, which is the best place in Playa del Carmen for paddleboard rentals.
If you want to give standup paddle boarding a try, consider booking a morning session at Aloha and then chilling out at Fusion for the rest of the day.
Best Beach Clubs Further Away from Playa del Carmen
If you travel a little further outside of Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya beaches get more widespread and are a lot more impressive.
Below are the best beach clubs I would recommend visiting that are a little further away but definitely worth the trip if you’re up for it.
The easiest way to get to these beach clubs would be to take a taxi or consider renting a car.
Marena Beach Club
Marena Beach Club is located just north of Playa del Carmen and offers a more secluded spot for relaxing.
It’s actually part of a gated community but you can still visit as a guest. The easiest way to get there is by taking a quick 15 minute taxi from downtown Playa del Carmen.
Marena is not super fancy but is a nice relaxing spot offering a beachfront pool, a naturally secluded atmosphere with palm tree shade, and a widespread beach.
Playa Xpu Ha
Located about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen towards Tulum, Playa Xpu Ha is such a special place and definitely my favorite beach in Playa del Carmen.
You can find my full guide to visiting Playa Xpu Ha here. There are a few different beach clubs on-site including Serenity Beach Club and Playa Xpu Ha Beach Club. The entire beach is just stunning and rarely disappoints!
Punta Venado Beach Club is located about 25 minutes south of Playa del Carmen near Xcaret Park.
The beach club is on a widespread beach and offers big beach beds and bean bag chairs, as well as a hammock area.
Punta Venado is usually pretty quiet and has a good food and drink selection. It’s more of an off-the-grid spot if you want to escape the crowds.
Playa del Carmen Beach Club Map
Here’s a map of where all of these beach clubs are located. Take a look at where you are staying in comparison to find the closest one.
Tips for Visiting Playa del Carmen Beach Clubs
Follow these tips to make the most of your beach club experience:
- Get there early: I would definitely recommend getting to a beach club as early as you can so you can get the best chairs in the front with unobstructed beach views. Beach clubs can fill up quickly so arrive early to guarantee your spot and take full advantage of a day at the beach.
- Reserve in advance if you can: Some beach clubs offer the opportunity to book online and reserve your chairs in advance. Do this ahead of time to guarantee your spot and have less stress when you arrive.
- Keep track of your consumption: You’ll definitely want to keep track of your food and beverage consumption. Some beach clubs will take advantage of foreigners so definitely review the bill and make sure your food and beverage credit has been applied correctly.
- Bring biodegradable sunscreen: Anytime you are going to be swimming in the ocean, it’s super important to wear reef-safe biodegradable sunscreen to protect the coral reefs.
I hope this beach clubs Playa del Carmen guide was helpful and you get to experience some of these fun beachfront gems! If you do, have a margarita for me! 🍹
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