The 14 Best Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen 

Want to check out the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen? Well, you’re in luck!I lived in Playa del Carmen for a few months and since I moved to Cancun I go back every now and then to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the relaxing beach clubs.

Many new fancy places have been added since I first got to Playa del Carmen, a great addition to the beautiful Playa beach.

So, in this post, I will share all the details on the hottest, most luxurious seaside hangouts in “Playa.”

The colorful signage of Playa del Carmen near the beach.

Playa del Carmen Beach Overview

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is a beach-lover’s paradise. With white sandy beaches lining crystal clear blue waters, “Playa,” as the locals call it, delivers unmatched beauty with a Mexican flare.

The once-tiny fishing village in the heart of the Riviera Maya has grown substantially thanks to a boom in tourism over recent years.

Its hub, the walking street, Fith Avenue, aka Quinta Avenida, features a mix of world-class dining, high-end shopping, and small shops selling a wide range of souvenirs.

Almost the entire 5-kilometer stretch of Quinta Avenida is just steps away from some of the Caribbean’s best beaches. 

And that’s not even accounting for the plethora of mindblowing beaches within 20-30 minutes of Playa del Carmen.

The Pros and Cons of Paying for a Beach Club 

Beach clubs are a great way to spend a day soaking in the rays and enjoying all the sandy Mexican Caribbean beaches offer.

By choosing to hang out at a beach club, you’ll experience first-class relaxation with comfy beach chairs, day beds, cabanas, umbrellas, towels, top-notch food, tasty cocktails, and other amenities available.

Plus, you’ll have access to a well-manicured beach, free of trash and other debris, as beach clubs spend hours cleaning their sandy surfaces daily.

Beach clubs also offer excellent security. So, there’s no need to worry about your possessions while you engage in fun activities, leaving your phone, wallet, and purse behind if you’d like.

With all that said, beach clubs can be somewhat expensive and potentially get crowded depending on the exact location and season.

However, if you’re looking to “live it up” while taking in all the amazingness Playa del Carmen’s beaches can supply, opting for a beach club is the best way to do it.

Now it’s time to dive into the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.

The Best Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen 

1. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen

Grand Hyatt PDC pool.
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen – Photo © ResortPass

Located centrally in downtown Playa del Carmen, the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen provides a touch of a lavish lifestyle in a stunning tropical setting.

The property features 3 infinity pools, modeled to appear like the uniquely mesmerizing cenotes that dot the Yucatan Peninsula, all with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Poolside food and drink service is available, as is an on-site spa, complimentary valet parking, and complimentary poolside Wi-Fi.

A day pass costs $60 for adults and $30 for children. This package includes access to pools and poolside seating, a $30 food and beverage credit, 15% off all spa services, and 2 complimentary bottled glasses of water.

Cabanas are also available for $220 (max 2 people).

Going for this option will get you a private area with a daybed, 2 small tables, 2 lounge chairs, a $60 food and beverage credit, 4 complimentary beers on ice, complimentary water, and added spa discounts.

The pool at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Beach Club is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Food and drink service is available from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

2. Andaz Mayakoba Resort

Andaz Mayakoba Resort. One of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort – Photo © ResortPass

Nestled away on the northern end of town, Andaz Mayakoba Resort will make you feel like you’re hanging out deep in the lush Yucatan jungle while still in Playa Del Carmen.

Verdant palm trees surround the property, which features a long, pristine stretch of remote beach with remarkable aqua-blue waters, where most of the “Playa” crowds will never venture.

The secluded complex offers 2 tranquil pools encircled by plush lounge chairs with umbrellas. 

Furthermore, you’ll have access to the property’s renowned restaurant, Tinta del Pulpo, where you can dine in or have fresh ceviches, agua chiles, craft beers, and margaritas delivered directly.

A day pass costs $225 for adults and $122 for children.

This package gives you access to all sunbeds, lounge chairs, beach chairs, and umbrellas, plus a 25% spa discount, a 15% gift shop discount, complimentary bike rentals, Wi-Fi, and parking.

Enjoy this beautiful Playa del Carmen beach club from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

3. Maroma Adventures & Beach Club

Maroma Adventures & Beach Club.
Maroma Adventures & Beach Club – Photo © ResortPass

Situated on the unspoiled Maroma beach, a short drive north of downtown, Maroma Adventures & Beach Club is the perfect place for your sun-filled “daycation” in Playa del Carmen.

An “oasis” on the jungle-lined shores of Quintana Roo, this property offers easy access to one of Mexico’s most serene, breathtakingly beautiful beaches.

And, if lounging on the beach isn’t your thing, they provide a variety of activities ranging from ATV rides through the lush surroundings to catamaran tours with all the amenities.

Enjoy a Caribbean sunset from your perch in the white sand, snorkel the lively coral reef, or take flight with a parasailing adventure.

The choice is yours at Maroma Adventures & Beach, where the “adventure” is emphasized. But the option to “chill out” with gourmet meals and tasty cocktails is also an option.

A day pass costs $20 for adults and $15 for children. This price includes beach club access, showers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and parking.

Adventure activity packages, which also include a beach club day pass, range from $85 to $150 for adults and $75 to $130 for children.

Maroma Adventures & Beach Club is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

4. Mamita’s Beach Club

With a prime piece of beachfront just steps from the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mamita’s Beach Club is a local icon and a favorite of many “Playa” revelers. 

Have a cocktail and listen to the daily DJ set in the “VIP pool” or lounge with friends and family in the more lowkey “family pool.” 

A word of caution for non-party people—the entire beach club can get noisy when DJ sets are in session. But if you’re interested in dancing, Mamita’s is a great “Playa” beach club to do it in.

Or, if you prefer, head straight for the picturesque turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. They won’t be far.

When you’re ready to clean up, you can take advantage of the modern, clean bathroom with air conditioning and excellent showers. 

Grab a bite at the on-site restaurant known for preparing delicious “Mexican-style” seafood dishes, international cuisine, and some of the best margaritas in town. 

An adult day pass costs approximately $50 which can be used for food and beverages inside the beach club. They’re open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

5. Martina Beach Club 

A “vibey” hot spot akin to a Las Vegas Day Club transplanted into Playa del Carmen, Martina Beach Club will keep you going by pumping out the dance music and drinks all day. 

Located on the north side, just off Fifth Avenue, Martina Beach Club butts up against a beautiful stretch of beach, where you can lay out or dip in the tranquil waters. 

An adult day pass costs about $50, which can be used as a credit for food and drinks at the on-site bar and restaurant. 

The views, drinks, and vibes at Martina can be fun. However, the music is usually loud and very bass-heavy.

So, if you’re looking for pure relaxation, another of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen may serve you better. 

They’re open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for Wednesdays, when they open at 10:30 a.m.

6. Platinum Yucatan Princess

Platinum Yucatan Princess.
Platinum Yucatan Princess – Photo © ResortPass

With a chic, modern design, Platinum Yucatan Princess supplies an elite adults-only experience where you can immerse yourself in the Riviera Maya’s natural beauty with style and class.

The property includes numerous pools which snake through succulent gardens shaded by immense palm trees.

Multiple swim-up bars are available with beer, champagne, margaritas, and other drinks.

Check out the on-site driving range, batting cages, tennis courts, fitness center, or water sports activities if you get sick of the pool.

When you’re hungry, indulge in the international buffet featuring delectable meals from around the world prepared by top chefs.

Of course, the world-class beach is never far away. Take your food and drink to go, and sit under a “palapa” roof with your toes in the sand as you gaze out over the turquoise sea.

The adult day pass starts at $164. This pass will get you access to pools, lounge chairs, towels, unlimited food and drinks, beach access, and activities.

Your day pass allows you to enjoy this lovely Playa del Carmen beach club from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

7. Aloft Playa Del Carmen

Aloft Playa Del Carmen.
Aloft Playa Del Carmen – Photo © ResortPass

While not technically a beach club, as it’s a couple of blocks from the coast, this brand-new property provides all the comfort and modern amenities you’ll ever need. 

Spend the day hanging out by the rooftop pool, where you can catch a cool Caribbean breeze and look down upon the turquoise waters just to the east. 

The pool area’s underwater loungers and plush daybeds provide unparalleled comfort in Playa del Carmen. If you’re not an “ocean person,” this spot can’t be beat. 

The Splash Rooftop Bar serves delicious cocktails, local drinks, and beer all day. The site also offers a market, breakfast buffet, and top-notch restaurant where you can get great food. 

An adult day pass costs $29, while children’s passes sell for $15. On weekdays, adult day passes include an $18 food and beverage credit, and on weekends, they include a $29 credit. 

This beautiful space is usually pretty relaxed and not overly noisy, making it a great spot to chill out and work on your tan. 

A day pass gets you access to the facilities from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

8. Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House

Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House.
Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House – Photo © ResortPass

The sister property to the Thompson Playa del Carmen Main House, this location provides beachfront relaxation unparalleled in much of the Riviera Maya. 

At the Beach House, located on Playa del Carmen’s public beach, you can swim in the sizeable rectangular pool, lounge in comfy poolside or beachfront chairs, and go for a swim in the sea.

You’ll also have access to the Main House a few blocks away, where you can use the rooftop pool, gym, sauna, restaurants, daybeds, and other amenities. 

There is an adult-only day club at the Main House, too. A day pass is $45, which can be used as a credit for food and beverage. 

The Main House provides stunning views of the nearby Caribbean Sea and live daytime DJ sets Thursday through Sunday. The area is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. 

The Main House has more of a party atmosphere, with lively dance music, while the Beach House is more chill and offers a great chance to unwind.

9. Iberostar Paraiso Beach

Iberostar Paraiso Beach.
Iberostar Paraiso Beach – Photo © ResortPass

Situated on the iconic Playa Paraiso, Iberostar Paraiso Beach has something to offer everyone looking for the ultimate day of fun in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

With 4 outdoor pools, including one of the largest pools in the region, you can cool off with plenty of space to move about freely.

The resort offers a children-only section where kids can swim, play, and meet friends while parents lounge in deluxe Balinese daybeds.

Up for a round of golf in between cocktails by the pool?

You’ll have access to the Playa Paraiso Golf Club, designed by well-known golf course architect P.B. Dye.

You can also utilize the property’s cold saltwater plunge pool, hydrotherapy saltwater pool, steam room, jacuzzi, and sauna. Massages and facial treatments are available, too.

A day pass costs $75 for adults and $33 for children.

This package gets you access to all pools, beach chairs, unlimited food and drink, towels, live shows, activities, showers, 10% off gift shop purchases, and free parking.

The beach club is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

10. Iberostar Quetzal Resort

Iberostar Quetzal Resort.
Iberostar Quetzal Resort – Photo © ResortPass

Venture to Playa del Carmen’s exclusive Playacar community, a gated neighborhood where luxurious homes line the streets, to find Iberostar Quetzal Resort.

The beachfront property, a few minute’s drive south of Playa del Carmen’s center, affords visitors an immaculate shoreline, far from the crowds of the area’s more accessible spots.

The property contains 4 distinctly unique pools, including a kid’s pool complete with a “splash and play” and water slides.

When not swimming or sipping a daiquiri in the pool, relax in any of the numerous private daybeds shaded by canvas and gently swaying palm trees.

If hunger calls, check out the 2 highly acclaimed buffets, multiple snack bars, or direct-to-you food and beverage delivery available all day.

The multiple live entertainment shows running throughout the day are sure to draw a laugh, inspire awe, or educate about local Maya traditions.

A day pass costs $85 for adults and $43 for children.

This package gives you full property access, unlimited food and drinks, towels, a 10% discount at gift shops, a 10% discount on spa products, and free parking.

Private Daybeds are available for $215 (max 2 people). Be advised day beds require a minimum of 24 hours notice to book.

A day pass allows you access to the property from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Best Beach Clubs Near Playa del Carmen

11. The Westin Cozumel

The Westin Cozumel.
The Westin Cozumel – Photo © ResortPass

Located a 45-minute ferry ride from “Playa” on the cruise ship hotspot, Cozumel Island, The Westin Cozumel provides upscale luxury in some of the most beautiful oceanfront surroundings on the planet.

The Sky Lounge and rooftop pool deliver unparalleled views of the Caribbean and the Mexican mainland far in the distance.

Soak in perfect waters, enjoy a cocktail, catch a few rays, and watch the cruise ships pass north and south.

You’ll have access to 3 unique restaurants and a poolside snack bar serving homemade baked goods, freshly squeezed juices, mouthwatering local dishes, and gourmet international cuisine.

Step out onto the palm-studded beach to dip your feet into some of the clearest waters in the region.

And since you’ll be facing west, this will be one of the few places in the area where you can catch a dazzling sunset over the water.

A day pass costs $110 for adults and $55 for children.

This pass gets you access to all amenities, including 2 pools, lounge chairs, towels, a fitness center, and beach access. Food and drinks are an additional cost.

A day pass at this Cozumel beach club allows you access to the facilities from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

12. The Fives Oceanfront – Puerto Morelos

The Fives Oceanfront - Puerto Morelos.
The Fives Oceanfront – Puerto Morelos – Photo © ResortPass

The Fives Oceanfront is situated in the sleepy tourist town of Puerto Morelos, a 35-minute drive north of downtown Playa del Carmen.

This hidden gem is just a stone’s throw from “Playa,” but its beaches match and perhaps even surpass the natural beauty of those in its “sister city” to the south.

Equipped with lemon yellow umbrellas, seemingly endless lounge chairs, day beds, a beachfront infinity pool, a rooftop adults-only pool, and access to white sandy beaches and perfect water, The Fives Oceanfront supplies ample luxury.

The RoMarley Beach House serves fresh seafood, Mexican and Jamaican cuisine, your favorite libations, detox drinks, and more.

Catch some live music in the comfortable restaurant, eat by the pool, or head up to the adult-only rooftop lounge for a romantic afternoon or evening.

A day pass costs $106 for adults and $53 for children.

This package includes access to all beach club amenities, towel service, a fitness center, complimentary valet parking, $76 worth of food and beverage credit, and more.

Private daybeds are available for $235 (max 4 people).

This exclusive package offers all the same amenities as the day pass plus $176 worth of food and drink credit.

Enjoy the pool from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The RoMarley Beach House restaurant serves food from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Poolside food and beverage service is available from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

13. Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya.
Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya – Photo © ResortPass

A sanctuary of tranquility, natural beauty, and wonder, sat upon the gorgeous unruffled Tulum coastline, the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya offers a high-class, revitalizing experience.

With a design inspired by ancient Maya customs, this property takes old-world traditions and fuses them with new-age luxury, making for a truly unique beach club.

Swim in any of the 5 palm-lined pools or lounge in their built-in, partially submerged recumbent chairs as you soak up the warm Mexican sun.

The open-air pool bars with “palapa” roof coverings are never far away for your cosmopolitan cocktail, freshly squeezed juice, or snack needs.

Just an hour south of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen, Tulum offers a youthful, trendy “vibe” where you’ll find sustainable businesses, all-night raves, and many vegan or vegetarian-friendly food options.

A day pass at this beach club in Tulum costs $150 for adults and $75 for children.

This package will give you access to all pools and hot tubs, towel service, poolside food and drink service, and $100 worth of food and drink credit.

Kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear are available for an extra charge.

Purchasing a day pass means you can enjoy the property from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The lifeguard tower in Playa del Carmen.

Tips to Make the Best of Your Beach Club Experience 

“Daycationing” or spending a few hours in the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen is an excellent way to enjoy the world-class beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Here are some tips to help ensure that you have the best possible time with friends and family:

📌 Get there early—Many of Playa del Carmen’s beach clubs open their doors around 8 or 9 in the morning.

And while it’s not absolutely necessary to be the first person through the gate, it’s better to be earlier than later.

Unless you reserve a day bed or other private accommodation, the seating will be first come, first serve.

During peak season (approximately November-April), the best beach clubs can draw a crowd and fill up quickly.

Try to beat the crowds by setting an early alarm and assuring you get the best pieces of real estate on the beach.

📌 Bring your appetite—As you may have noticed, many of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen provide food and drink vouchers at the price of admission.

In some cases, these vouchers may make up the bulk of your entry fee.

So, take advantage of that!

Come with an appetite and get your fill of local cuisine, as well as international dishes, because it’s probably included in the price of admission anyway.

It’s definitely possible to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus some snacks and cocktails, essentially for “free” because you’ve already paid for them.

📌 Reserve in advance—The best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen can draw crowds, and spots sell out quickly.

Make sure you set your reservation at least a day in advance.

However, if you’re more of a planner, you can also book your reservation at these exclusive beach clubs weeks or months in advance.

Definitely reserve in advance if you’d like to guarantee yourself a cabana, a spa session, a massage, or other elegant services.

📌 Take sun protection—While the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen offer plenty of shade in the form of palm trees, umbrellas, and sun coverings, you’re still going to be out in the strong tropical sun for several hours.

It’s vital to bring sunscreen or sun lotion, a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, beach covering, or any sun protection you prefer.

Worst case scenario, you don’t need any of it and add a little weight to your bag.

But if you’re roasting like a marshmallow in that mid-afternoon sun, you’ll sure be happy you brought it.

📌 Bring some cash—Most of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen will accept cards, but carrying some cash is still best.

After all, Mexico is a cash-based economy, and many mom-and-pop shops won’t accept cards.

Plus, even though many beach clubs include food and beverage, it’s still customary to tip your server at the end of the day.

Many servers work hard and do a great job keeping you happy all day long. A tip of 10% or so (or more if you’d like) is an excellent way to say thanks.

US dollars are generally accepted, but the exchange rate will be unfavorable. The same is true for all businesses in the area.

If the dollar is worth 20 pesos, you’ll likely only get 16-18 pesos per dollar spent using US currency.

I suggest paying with Mexican pesos whenever possible, as that will yield you the actual market value of the goods and services you purchase.

A hammock near the beach of Playa del Carmen.

Frequently Asked Questions About Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen

How Do Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen Work?

Beach clubs in Playa del Carmen usually offer day passes or packages you can purchase online.

Often, these passes or packages will include a credit for food and drinks or, in some cases, unlimited food and drinks.

Additionally, you’ll get access to pools, beachfront property, lounge chairs, day beds, umbrellas, towels, and other amenities like spas, fitness centers, sports courts, and water activities.

Check the details for each of the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen above to learn precisely what the price of admission at each one will get you.

After deciding which beach club you’d like to enjoy, just show up on the agreed-upon date and tell the front desk staff your name.

They’ll give you a wristband to prove you’ve paid, and voila, you’re in!

Relax, enjoy, and experience the outstanding natural beauty and tropical weather afforded by Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

What Do You Wear to Clubs in Playa del Carmen?

The beach clubs in Playa del Carmen are generally centered around outdoor activities and fun in the sun.

It’s best to wear your bathing suit, with some type of covering, for when you’re in transit or if you’d like to get some relief from the powerful Mexican sun.

Simply put, the dress code at the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen is casual and “beachy.”

There’s sure to be plenty of skin showing everywhere, so don’t feel self-conscious heading up to the bar or into a dining area in your swimsuit.

Playa Car Beach in Playa del Carmen
Playa Car

Are Beaches Swimmable in Playa del Carmen?

Yes, 100%.

Besides the natural beauty of the sandy white beaches and the turquoise waters, the next best thing about Playa del Carmen is how amazingly calm the water is.

Unlike the west coast of Mexico, which can be extremely rough and dangerous to swim in, the waters around Playa del Carmen are normally very calm and inviting.

Wade out into those glass-like waters without a care in the world.

There’s no need to fight overwhelming currents or concern yourself with riptides because they’re not a problem in Playa del Carmen.

Are Pets Allowed in the Beach Clubs in Playa del Carmen?

Generally speaking, no, they aren’t.

Nearly all the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen won’t allow pets.

Technically, you’re not supposed to have pets on any beaches in “Playa.”

However, this is rarely enforced on public beaches.

Although parts of Mexico, like Mexico City, are exceptionally pet-friendly, the best beach clubs in Playa del Carmen would prefer pets remain at home.

And while I’m a huge animal lover myself, it makes sense that many people wouldn’t want puppies running around while enjoying their leisure time in Playa del Carmen’s best beach clubs.