Playa Esmeralda or, as it is also known, Punta Esmeralda, is one of the beaches located in the north of Playa del Carmen coast. It is not far from the fifth avenue, as you will last only 10 minutes by car to reach this place.
The best of this beach is that it is still well preserved. Hotels are behind and hidden by vegetation: on this beach we mainly see palm trees. If you want to enjoy more peaceful beaches than in the hotel zone of Cancún or than in the touristic beach of the center of Playa del Carmen, Punta Esmeralda can be great option because there is only a few people that go to that place and it is, most of the time, local people.
Playa la Esmeralda is characterized by its small but beautiful cenote which waters run into the sea. This makes the place unique as the waters acquire various tonalities from the mix of fresh water and sea water. Swimming in those waters is an incomparable experience that only a few tourists could have enjoyed.
The beach is perfect for couples and families as the sea is calm and not that deep and the water temperature is ideal to cool down.
Local people like to do pic-nics under palm trees, practice sports like kayak or SUP (stand up paddle surfing) and play freesbee.
I really recommend you to visit that place because it is a very different beach on which walking along the coast is one of the most gratifying experience you will be able to live in Playa del Carmen.