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The secret is out – Playa Secreto is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Riviera Maya. The beach is a residential community, midway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is not open to the public and that is why it is so well preserved and a real private piece of paradise.

This gated community was first developed in the early 1980s by Cancun architects who wanted their own peaceful place outside of Cancun. Since then more exclusive villas have been built, but only a select few. The beach stretches for just under two miles.

The bay is located on the road that goes from Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen and is separated from Playa El Paraiso by a narrow stretch of 5km. The path that leads to Playa Secreto transits through mangroves, where you can see hundreds of birds perched on the trees and iguanas basking in the sun on the rocks.

The bay is distinguished by its fauna since leatherback sea turtles nest here and the bordering jungle is home to foxes, deer, crocodiles, wild boars, and coatimundis. Bird-watching is excellent here, with species ranging from wild parrots and hawks to kingfishers and black-necked stilts.

On the beach there is a small community of houses, and even a resort. Lucky residents! It’s a perfect spot to relax and read that favorite book but if you want to escape this paradise in search of nightclubs, shopping, or restaurants, Playa del Carmen is less than 20 minutes away. There are no beach clubs and no outside services. Residents can utilize their vacation villa amenities.

It’s a great place for children, too. Let them play in complete safety on this perfect beach, and once they’ve showered off the sand, and had their supper, send them happily exhausted to bed while you settle down to adult cocktails within sight and sound of the sea.

The charm of Playa Secreto is its rusticity. On the beach there is nothing to do except enjoy the view of the sky and the crystal clear waters. The wild character of the bay is reinforced by the houses of the place, which are powered by solar and wind energy to make their contribution to the conservation of this hidden paradise.

Where to stay

A selection of our favourite villas in Playa Secreto

Villa Sol y Luna Playa Secreto, Riviera Maya
10
9
26

from

$786

usd / night

La Gran Tortuga Playa Secreto, Riviera Maya
5
5
10

from

$1,950

usd / night