punta esmeralda

Punta Esmeralda Beach: Follow the Footprints in Playa del Carmen

Follow the sandy trails in Playa del Carmen and discover Punta Esmeralda, a little piece of paradise with a natural cenote pool lapped by the sea

Have an experience unlike anywhere else on the tropical coast of Punta Esmeralda—discover a cenote pool that flows directly into the sea. Explore this natural treasure mixing two aquatic worlds in one place. Wondering how to get there?

A Cenote and the Sea

Find a matchless experience in a seldom-visited destination, despite being in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Punta Esmeralda, also known as Esmeralda Beach, is located at the edge of the Colosio neighborhood in Playa del Carmen.

The beach features a cenote right on the shore with water that creates a natural sight as the pool’s freshwater and the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean mix, creating a range of hues.

Swimming in its shallow waters is an experience you cannot miss. The beach opened in 2011, and although the beach’s entrance is near a renowned resort, both the beach and the cenote are open to the public, as beaches are federal zones accessible to all citizens.


While swimming in the cenote and approaching its mouth that opens onto the shore, you’ll feel the temperature change and see the various shades of blue and green as freshwater meets the sea. Moreover, you’ll discover scenic spots amid a harmonious blend of trees and palms that will lull you into blissful relaxation.

An Unforgettable Adventure at Punta Esmeralda

This beach’s unique characteristics make it an unparalleled destination for lovers of Nature’s beauty. Visiting this place is like discovering a hidden treasure, where you can enjoy water activities, take in splendid sunsets, bask in the sun, and relax on the sand.

How to Get to Punta Esmeralda

It is located on the edge of the Colosio neighborhood, next to Nicte-Há. The most well-known entrance is near Paradisus Hotel. You can walk or bike from downtown Playa del Carmen, along all of Quinta Avenida, past 112th Street.


Punta Esmeralda en Playa Del Carmen, Constructores, Nicte-ha, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., México

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