The Mayan word Xpu-Ha means “estuary of the two waters” and is a beach located very close to Tulum, where you can practice scuba diving, kayaking, and snorkeling, among other activities.
The transparent and fresh water is perfect for swimming and adventurous diving in the extensive reefs surrounding this destination.
The locals in charge of the area rent the necessary equipment to practice any activity you want.
North of Xpu-Ha beach, you can find a rocky area and a cove where you can appreciate many fish that live there.
This same cove also connects to the impressive “Cenote Manatí,” one of the most important in the region.
On the beach’s shores are hammocks, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and everything you need to relax and enjoy a delicious rest.
You can also taste delicious seafood or various typical dishes of the Yucatan Peninsula in the beachfront restaurants.
Getting to Xpu-Ha Beach
Xpu-Ha is just 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen, km 265 of Federal Highway No 307, in the Riviera Maya, between Puerto Aventuras and Akumal beach.
There are signs on the road that will take you directly to the destination; remember that it is only one rustic road.
- Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
- It is not allowed to enter with alcoholic beverages
- If you go on a picnic and intend to be on the beach, bring everything you need to protect yourself from the sun
- Follow all the local safety instructions
- Bring your camera to capture the landscapes of the beach
- Remember to keep the whole place clean and put all your garbage in the designated places
- It is not allowed to bring pets to the area according to the rules of the municipality
5 top things to do in Xpu-Ha beach
1. Stroll Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida
If you like the city atmosphere, this area is for you!
You will find various shopping centers, bars, restaurants, and meet friendly and cheerful people.
Visiting the Quinta Avenida of Playa del Carmen will give you an experience where you can relax while strolling, shopping for souvenirs, and enjoying a few drinks and the rich local gastronomy.
2. Enjoy the best ice cream in Puerto Aventuras
A paradisiacal beachfront town where you can stroll through its beautiful streets while you enjoy a delicious ice cream, I recommend the Italian Gelatos; they are my favorites.
3. Stargazing at Xpu-Ha beach
Crystal clear water, white sand, and starry skies, far away from the city.
This can be found at Xpu-Ha beach, where you can reflect while enjoying a beautiful, clear, starry sky.
4. Visit a Mayan community
If you like the idea of touring a different environment, there is nothing like legendary and ancestral culture.
Near Xpu-Ha, you will be able to visit Mayan communities that preserve intact their traditions and culture.
It is the perfect opportunity to learn about their perspective on life and the world.
5. Try the food!
If tasting local gastronomy is your thing, you can’t miss the chance to try a classic delicious dish typical of the Peninsula.
The salpicón de Venado (deer salpicon) has a combination of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting much more.
You can accompany it with a typical drink such as henequen liqueur.
Xpu-Ha beach: Conclusion
I hope you get a chance to visit these beautiful places. It will be worth your while.
Also, remember that most of these beaches, like Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Xpu-Ha, etc., are very close.
What I like to do when visiting these destinations is to rent a car.
It’s cheaper and much more convenient for me to move around more freely and explore other sites.
Have a safe and pleasant trip, and don’t forget to share with your friends and comment below. Vamonos!