The White-Sand Beach of Paamul, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

In the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the small community of Paamul. It’s a beach resort, residential area, and RV park that is little-known but quite appealing. It’s a white-sand beach gracefully arcing around a small bay. The clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean fill the view, with the vivid blue sky above the horizon.

It’s quiet and calm…worlds away from the all-inclusive resorts of Cancún to the north, although you’ll be glad to know the services and conveniences of that major city, as well as the international airport, are just over an hour away.

And hustle-and-bustle restaurant, nightlife, and shopping scene in Playa del Carmen is about 25 minutes north, making it close enough for trips to the large grocery stores there, hospitals, and big box stores, as well as special dinners out. Access is by Highway 307, which links all the towns and communities on the Riviera Maya quickly and efficiently.

For the vacationers who make it to Paamul, as well as the expat retirees who live here—including many part-timers (snowbirds escaping the winter cold up north)—they find it an ideal spot.

They enjoy the white-sand beach, panoramic sea views, and resort amenities, including restaurants, pools, snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, and more. And with warm weather year-round, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a meal, or a glass of wine outdoors whenever you’d like.

The living is easy here. You can get around the community by bike, golf cart, or on foot. There’s no rush. It’s the perfect laidback beach lifestyle.

Homes here are simple—but you can’t beat the location. There’s a limited inventory, but they do come up for sale or rent on occasion. Recent listings show multiple two-bedroom homes a stone’s throw from the water for under $150,000.

And, of course, being in Mexico means you enjoy low costs. A retired couple can live well, all in, for $2,000 a month…or less.

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Comments (3)

  1. WOW! What a great idea for an article, I thought. UNTIL I read it. There are so many factual errors that I found myself wondering if the author had ever actually been to Paa mul (correct spelling). You see, I live in Paa mul 6 months every year. My fiancé and I OWN our home, or palapa, on the beach. There are no vacation rentals! Palapas in our village range in price from 35k – 250k+ to OWN. Terms of our purchasing agreement does not allow us to rent them. EVER. We have excellent dining and a large grocery store 5 minutes away to the south and Playa del Carmen is only 15 minutes to the north with shopping, big box stores, hospitals, and casual and fine dining. Not 25 minutes. We do have an excellent 4-star restaraunt and small hotel a short walk down the beach. This NOT a resort! Calling Pa amul a resort is like calling a McDonald’s with a play area a theme park. This is a small village with a small town feel. We fiercely protect our beach as we have the privilege to share it as a protected sea turtle reserve. Those a just a few of the inaccuracies of your article. I lost a great deal of respect for your publication because of this article. I hope that in the future, you will practice more research and fact checking before “going to print”.

    1. Hello! I know this was posted over a year ago, but I figured I would reach out anyway. My husband and I moved to Playa Del Carmen about 2 months ago from Seattle. We are traveling with an organization called Workaway. So we work in hotels, or hostels, or farms in exchange for housing. We love this area so we have been looking for something a bit more long term. When I saw that you only live in your place six months out of the year, I was curious if you would ever be interested in a housesitting/work exchange. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any interest or questions for us!
      Jess & Ryan

  2. I have visited Paamul several times. And it’s one of my favorite spots in this area. I usually have lunch at the restaurant, do a little swimming in the Caribbean, and then relax in the pool. I can see why people would want to to live here!

    Compared to the resorts in the surrounding area, Paamul doesn’t compare as far as luxury and all that. It is very different, as is pointed out. But I would call it a small resort area, simple and quiet, with various amenities. And I think I made that clear in the article. This is a perfect area for vacationers and expat residents with a village-like atmosphere.

    You can see the place here:

    As far as time to Playa del Carmen, 25 minutes is how long it takes me to get into the heart of town from being at the beach in Paamul. 15 minutes would get you to the outskirts of Playa. I felt it was more accurate to reflect how long it takes to actually get into the action in Playa, especially with traffic, which as you know can be a problem in Playa. There is a grocery store closer to the south, as is mentioned.

    I have found vacation rentals online in Paamul. And when I was there I was chatting with some folks who were renting. But maybe that’s under the radar and against the rules, sounds like. Thanks for the update on this.

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