The contrast of the pure white beach and bright turquoise water on the Xpu-Há (pronounced “shpu-ha”) beach create an astounding effect for those lucky enough to stumble across this well-kept-secret shore. Situated between popular beach hubs, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Xpu-Há is often overlooked, providing a prime opportunity for those who enjoy a serene beach experience. Nearby amenities include kayak and snorkel rentals, two restaurants, and a few small bars. Snorkeling is recommended here as the water is often glassy, and the fish are friendly.

Getting There

An hour from the Cancun Airport, Xpu-Há is right off Federal Highway 307, which is the main highway that runs from Cancun to the Riviera Maya. A rental car is the best way to access this beach. Non-stop flights into Cancun from North America leave from New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. From Canada, fly directly from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Direct flights from Europe fly out of London, Frankfurt, Zurich, and Paris.