A country that hosts 32 UNESCO-protected sites, with thousands of years of history and that hides secrets and legends in every corner. Add a perfect climate, tasty cuisine and dreamy beaches and you will be in Mexico. Let’s start with the sea: places such as Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas are now well-known and famous for their picture postcard settings: crystal-clear waters, coral reef and the white expanses of sand where you can sip a drink at sunset. However, there are other enchanting places where you can relax in front of the ocean. Let’s discover the 25 best beaches in Mexico together.
- Playa de Punta Morena, Cozumel
- Playa de Isla Pasion, Cozumel
- Playa San Juan, Cozumel
- Playa Corona, El Progreso
- Playa El Cielo, Cozumel
- Playa Paradiso, Cozumel
- Punta Maroma, Playa del Carmen
- Playa Rosa, Yucatan
- Mahahual, Riviera Maya
- Playa de Xcacel, Riviera Maya
- Playa Ruinas, Tulum
- Mayan Beach, Tulum
- Akumal Beaches
- Playa Delfines, Cancun
- Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
- Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas
- Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido
- Playa Carrizalillo, Puerto Escondido
- Playa Escondidia, Nayarit
- Playa Sayulita, Nayarit
- Costa Esmeralda, Veracruz
- Bahias de Huatulco, Oaxaca
- Playa Balandra, Baja California
- Playa Los Muertos
- Acapulco Beaches
Playa de Punta Morena, Cozumel
We are in Yucatan, which is we find Cozumel, Mexico’s third largest island, as well as being a great destination for those wanting to go diving or snorkelling. And not just for clear, warm waters, but also due to the fauna found here. There are many surprises and guests that you can meet: from turtles to moray eels, and also barracudas and parrot fish. There are at least 40 diving points where the waters allow visibility up to 60 metres.
The peninsula is full of beauty and interest: in 1959, it was Jacques Cousteau who noted the wonders of the sea bed here and began to discover the reef. There are many elements that make the island a worthy place to visit: the white beaches and the sea where the colours range from turquoise to deep blue. The island has two souls: the lively atmosphere of the beaches in the south of the island and the more intimate, relaxed atmosphere in the east. Punta Morena is the perfect place to relax on a hammock on the seashore. Nearby we find Chiqueros Point or Playa Bonita too: anyone wanting to avoid noise and crowding will be right at home here.
Playa de Isla Pasion, Cozumel
Playa San Juan, Cozumel
A little jewel, but increasingly well known among tourists. Playa San Juan is a beautiful, white-sand beach with gentle waves that make it perfect for various water sports, such as windsurfing or snorkelling. Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a large expanse of sand, while the murmur of Pacific waves rock you and seem to tell you stories from lands far away. There are some rocky formation in San Juan that make the place interesting and attractive, especially for diving
Playa Corona, El Progreso
Playa El Cielo, Cozumel
Playa Paradiso, Cozumel
Punta Maroma, Playa del Carmen
Sixty-five kilometres south of Cancun, we find Playa del Carmen, a picture-perfect beach with fine, white sand, palm trees and crystal-clear waters. In particular, Punta Maroma is one of the prettiest, with all the elements of a perfect place: the fame of the blue sea and sky that merges with the white of the sand. The road Quinta Avenida runs alongside the beach and is full of small shops and craft stalls, restaurants and bars.
It is a very busy area, but its relaxed atmosphere and the mild climate make it pleasant and attractive. There are beaches with every comfort all around, like Playa Mamitas, famous for its fashion shows on the sand. There is a swimming pool and beach volley courts for sports lovers. For those who prefer wilder or more rustic beaches, there is Chunzubul, loved by those who go snorkelling and by nudists.
Playa Rosa, Yucatan
Mahahual, Riviera Maya
Let’s leave Cancun and move on to Riviera Maya: sea on one side, lush jungle on the other; it is just a few kilometres to leave the domestic vegetation and the noise of Cancun behind, and get lost in a network of paths that look onto the coral reef, surrounded by wild bays and islands. Riviera Maya has everything to be a Caribbean paradise: elegant white-sand beaches, warm waters and crystal-clear water. This is why it is one of the most popular, sought-after places.
An ideal place for those who love the sea, beach life and relaxation, but also for those who are looking for travel and enjoyment. Mahahual is the most authentic location on the Riviera Maya. Here, time stands still, the roads are unpaved and modern life is still a long way off. The beauty and uniqueness of nature is being preserved.
To reach Mahahual, it is necessary to go to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Nearby, we also find Banco Chincorro, the largest and oldest coral atoll in the country. One of the city’s main attractions is its seafront, that runs for almost two kilometres. A lively place that hosts hostels, small hotels with view of the ocean, fish restaurants, beach bars and craft shops. The beach is a real uncontaminated paradise, the sea has hues from green to blue and the water is shallow. The landscape still enjoys that simple, rustic atmosphere, while buildings and services are still limited.
Playa de Xcacel, Riviera Maya
Playa Ruinas, Tulum
Mayan Beach, Tulum
Akumal is one of the best itineraries in Mexico thanks to the diversity of its beaches and the excellent tourist services offered. Fresh water caves, underground rivers, the beach at Akumal is a surprise. The area is ideal for snorkelling lovers. One of the attractions not to be missed is Yal-Ku Lagoon (crystal cave), a small lagoon, the ideal habitat for colourful sea creatures. This is also the merit of submerged rocks that create a fertile underwater terrain.
Fine sand, clear water, and many facilities to stop you being bored: you can also hire kayaks, go windsurfing, go sports fishing. If you prefer to move around, it is possible to hire bicycles, and rent scuba diving equipment. In the Maya language, Akumal means “land of the turtles”, and here from June to November you can see examples of various species.
Playa Delfines, Cancun
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas
Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido, which isn’t really so hidden, is a place for surfers. Merit is down to the waves that may be legendary and be over six metres high before landing on Playa Zicatela. Here obviously, around the three kilometres of beach, many championships and international competitions take place. The beauty of the place is well known, as are the strong currents.
This bay is quiet and is therefore not really suitable for those wanting to go surfing. It takes a bit of extra effort to reach it as it will be necessary to climb 150 steps. Playa Carrizalillo, like its neighbour Playa Marinero, in front of the centre of Puerto Escondido, are suitable for a swim or for a day of deserved rest. “Maximum water fun”, is one of the most common comments from visitors who leave online reviews, referring to the precious cove at Baia Carrizalillo. What will open up before your eyes once you have arrived is a true spectacle: amazing emerald green hues, mild currents, transparency and small coral gardens, next to the rocks, with the possibility of admiring sea life and meeting people.
Playa Escondida, Nayarit
It is possible to have this unique, unrepeatable experience on the Mexican Pacific Coast, in the Islas Marietas National Park. After all, as the name says (“Hidden Beach”) it is not a destination that everyone can get to. To reach this beautiful beach, also known as “beach of love”, you can count on the help of specialised local guides who will also say when the tide is low to avoid the risk of injuring your head on the sharp rocks of the coral reef. Once you have crossed the rocky wall, you will discover the beautiful beach in the natural open air crater that is the most precious treasures in the National Park. Playa Escondida is one of the most spectacular tourist places in Nayarit.
A cone of magic and attraction that will take your breath away, a protected site, a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 2008. The beach is hidden inside a large hole in the mountain. This incredible place is on the Marietas Islands, a small archipelago, opposite Nayarit. Clear sand, lapped by crystal-clear waters, reachable only by canoe or by diving along an underwater tunnel. A rocky frame, surrounded by the Pacific: a view to be enjoyed.
Playa Sayulita, Nayarit
Costa Esmeralda, Veracruz
Costa Esmeralda is in Veracruz. It is over 50 km long and owes its name to its colour that is between the green and blue of its waters. Here, you can relax thanks to the peace and quiet of the beach, try wonderful food, camp or even go kayaking on the rapids of the River Filobobos.
The north coast offers unspoilt beaches, surrounded by abundant vegetation. Its warm sand and emerald green waters along the Mexican Gulf will be an excellent calling card. The calm waves are perfect for swimming or diving. The nearby towns of Tecolutla and Nautla embellish the path with their over 800 hectares of green mangroves: here it is possible to go for boat rides to picturesque places, such as the “pirates’ cave”.
Bahias de Huatulco, Oaxaca
Playa Balandra, Baja California
Playa Los Muertos
Acapulco is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”. This charming city offers fun and opportunity to tourists. Its beaches are the main attraction for travellers, from the quieter ones, frequented by the local inhabitants, to the more exclusive, fashionable ones. One of the most popular is Pie de la Cuesta: Its is well known for its amazing sunsets. The sea is ideal for surfers. Playa Condesa, a perfect beach for easily planning an evening, is in the central part. When you come out of the water, you are ready for an aperitif, so just choose the right bar or restaurant.
Other known beaches are Playa Puerto Marques, one of the most popular and appreciated by residents. More relaxation in Playa Icacos, while the best waves to ride for surfers are divided equally between Playa Revolcadero and Playa Diamante. You can enjoy excellent restaurants in Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla. The beaches in the Coyuca Lagoon, north of Acapulco, are even more isolated and great for relaxation.
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There are 17 States, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea: Mexico is a place full of wonderful beaches that vary a great deal. There are those with the soft, white sand of the Caribbean. Some are famous for their entertainment and night life, rather than for the beauty of the landscape (Cancun). Others are more isolated and less lively. To the west, there are the long beaches with winds ideal for surfing, as they are crossed by high waves and currents.
The Mexican coast is, in any case, a world that offers so many opportunities, water sports, walk amidst nature, but above all night life and lots of fun. Mexico is above all beauty. Imagine soft, fine white sand, that touches the clear, calm waters that in turn reflect the blue of the sky. Also, there are areas with a wonderful coral reef, where various species of colourful fish live. The beaches offer everything. Palm trees, bungalows and hammocks. For hungry people, there are chiringuitos and restaurants, but there are also traces of history with archaeological ruins and open digs near the beaches. Mexico is this too, choose the right holiday for you.