Playa Uaymitun: Paradise in the Northern Yucatan

Playa Uaymitun (pronounced “way-mee-tun”) is a quiet, lesser-known beach situated along the Ruta Esmerelda in the Northern part of the Yucatan state. It is only a 15-20 minute drive away from the beach towns of Progreso and Chicxulub, but it is so off-the-beaten-track that very few people are even aware of its existence – and that includes Yucatan locals! 

I live here in the Mexican Yucatan (in the state capital of Merida) and Uaymitun is one of my favorite “secret” spots, so I will share everything you ought to know about visiting in this article. 

Playa Uaymitun Yucatan

Playa Uaymitun, Northern Yucatan

Playa Uaymitun, meaning “waterhole of the iguana” in Yucatec Mayan sits between the beach town of Chicxulub and the coastal community of San Benito on the Gulf of Mexico coast. 

It is a secluded, natural beach framed by palm trees and coconut groves with soft, white powdery sands that run parallel to translucent azure waters. The beach exudes a tropical island getaway feel and you will often find that you have it entirely to yourself – even during the weekends and the high season. 

One of the reasons that the beach is such an unknown is because it is somewhat hidden from view and the dirt trail that you need to follow to access it can be tricky to spot unless you specifically knew it was there. Uaymitun is backed by various beachfront mansions and summer homes that block its view from the road, but the beach is public and open to everyone. 

Playa Uaymitun

Peace and seclusion in the Mexican Yucatan

This is not a serviced beach and you won’t find any amenities or restaurants here. Unlike in Chicxulub, Progreso, and Yucalpeten, there are no sunbed rentals or street vendors walking up and down the sand selling coconuts, and chicharron, etc. You should pick up some bottles of water, and snacks, and pack plenty of sunscreen before you arrive. 

Since there is little to do here by way of activities, visiting Uaymitun provides an opportunity to rest and relax. Come here with a little picnic, a flask of coffee, and a good book to sit and watch the sea.

Despite the seclusion, Uaymitun feels very safe and by no means secluded or creepy. The Yucatan, in general, is a very safe place and I say that as a solo female traveler living in Mexico who often heads out to various beaches in the Yucatan alone.

How to Get to Playa Uaymitun

It can be tricky to get to Playa Uaymitun without a car. You can take an Uber here from Merida, Progreso or Chicxulub for around 50-100 pesos each way but you might find it tricky to find a driver for the return journey and will likely have to trek a bit along the Costera 27 coastal road towards Chicxulub until you find one, which is less than ideal when it’s hot and humid. 

Driving independently 

Depending on your travel plans, it might be a good idea to rent a car in Merida as it will make getting around during your Yucatan itinerary significantly easier and mean that you don’t have to depend on public transport schedules. (Even with the introduction of the Tren Maya train, it is still tricky to get to many lesser-known places and beaches). 

From Merida, it takes just over 40 minutes to drive the 53km to Uaymitun via México 176 and Costera Yuc 27. Unfortunately there is no designated parking lot near the beach, so you need to find a suitable place to park at the side of Costera 27 and then walk along the dirt trail to the beach. 

Other things to see and do nearby 

As we have established, Playa Uaymitun is pretty quiet and secluded but that isn’t to say that a day here isn’t enjoyable. You can head to Progreso or Chicxulub for breakfast in the morning (I would recommend Casa del Pastel or El Cordobes in Progreso beach town.) and then onwards to Uaymitun in the afternoon. 

El Corchito reserve

If you have access to a car, you can also visit the nearby “El Corchito” nature reserve on the outskirts of Progreso which is a protected island reserve that can be accessed via a little fishing boat and is home to hundreds of wild mapaches (raccoons) and boasts a few cenotes where you can go swimming. (It is quite busy on Sundays when Mexicans are off work so perhaps best avoided on this day). 

Continue along the Emerald Coast 

Assuming that you have access to a vehicle, you can drive along the Emerald Coast, stopping at various different beaches as you go. Heading east, you can get from Playa Uaymitun to the beach towns of San Benito, San Bruno, and Telchac Puerto in less than 10-15 minutes, as well as the lesser-known archeological site of Xcambo and the Laguna Rosada pink lake

San Benito is another quiet, secluded spot while San Bruno is home to the Kokomo Beach Club where you can purchase a day pass and enjoy a private stretch of the beach, its pool, and its water sports equipments for the day, and Casa Ku hotel, whose restaurant serves up some of the best food in the Yucatan. 

If you head west, Chicxulub is a charming village that was the site of the Chicxulub meteor crash that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Past Progreso, you also have pig beach at Yucalpeten which, like Exuma in the Bahamas, is home to several piggies who live in the sand and love to swim and play in the warm turquoise waters. 

Playa Uaymitun FAQs 

Do you still have any burning questions or concerns about visiting Playa Uaymitun for the first time? I have answered some FAQs below and hopefully, you will find the answers you are looking for there. If not, please do feel free to reach out to me!

Where is Playa Uaymitun? 

Playa Uaymitun is a beach located in Northern Yucatan. It can be found on kilometer 17 of the Progreso to Telchac Puerto highway. It is 52.8km away from Merida, and 17.1km away from Progreso, respectively. 

When is the best time to visit Playa Uaymitun? 

The best time to visit Uaymitun and the Yucatan in general is between November and March. This is technically the Yucatan’s winter season, and temperatures are a lot more bearable at this time of year than during the hot, humid, summer months. 

In the summer, temperatures in the Yucatan often soar as high as 104° F and up! In the winter, expect daily averages between 82° F and 87° F.

June to October is also the rainy season and the hurricane season. So, although rainstorms are usually brief, there is a lot more adverse weather than in say, January in Mexico, when rainfall is at a minimum. 

There is also a lot of sargassum (seaweed) on the beach in the summer months too and unlike serviced beaches in Cancun, Tulum, etc, nobody comes to Uaymitun to clear it.

Access to the beach is made via a dirt trail

Final thoughts on visiting Playa Uaymitun

Playa Uaymitun is one of my favorite spots in the Yucatan because I really love quiet beaches that are not filled with crowds of tourists sitting elbow to elbow on sunbeds. If that’s your thing, I am sure that you will love it here too. Otherwise, if you prefer somewhere where you have plenty of dining/entertainment options right on your doorstep, you might prefer Progreso or another beach town such as Telchac Puerto. 

If you happen to visit in the spring, you might be lucky enough to see flocks of North American flamingos flying overhead as they head east towards Los Coloradas and El Cayo. 

Do you have any more questions about visiting Playa Uaymitun or exploring the Yucatan in general? As I mentioned, I have been living here for the last few years.

Feel free to connect with me on social media or drop me a comment below. Safe travels and enjoy Mexico. 

Buen Viaje! Melissa xo


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer based in Merida, Mexico and the Editor-in-Chief of Mexico Travel Secrets. She has over seven years worth of experience in working in travel media and has travelled to 57 countries, mostly solo. Throughout her career, Melissa has produced written content for several high-profile publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, the Huffington Post, Rough Guides, and Matador Network.

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