10 Best Beaches in Mexico

A visit to Mexico is a popular choice for many reasons. It is a country of great ruins, culture, food, and especially beaches – this usually means hot mamas will be available everywhere you look, and that’s definitely a selling point. Beach lovers usually find that the beaches are enough of a reason to visit Mexico all by itself.

The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west are destinations worth keeping in mind. Depending on the region of Mexico that you choose, the beaches and the water around it will be different. So, what about  some research before you go? Here are the 10 best beaches to chill out on!

10. Playa de Akumal

Playa de Akumal

This fabulous snorkeling region near Playa Del Carmen has a reef that stretches from 20-300 feet offshore, offering views for all different levels of swimmers. Turtles, tropical fish and more are common sights here, and the water is safe and calm enough for even the young snorkelers to enjoy.

9. Bahia Balandra

Bahia Balandra

This is the premier family beach in the Baja region of La Paz. Perhaps best known for the rock formation called Diamond rock, Bahia Balandra is a mix of sand and beautiful wind and water-worn rock formations. It is sheltered in almost every direction for safe swimming, and the location is shallow enough that the chilly Pacific water warms early here.

8. Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

The beach here is lovely, yhough often jammed with Europeans. A mixture of large resorts and small hotels, cruise ship visitors, and easy boat access to Cozumel and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef make this a favorite location to be able to venture to other ports.

7. Zipolite


A remnant from the hippie days, this beach was known as a free love center from the 60’s to the 80’s, and a huge counterculture destination. It gained notoriety as one of Mexico’s few nude beaches, although the majority of sunbathers remain clothed. Today, it attracts an international class of sun lovers, shirtless yoga gurus and surfers.

6. Puerto Vallarta Beach

Puerto Vallarta Beach

This Pacific oceanside resort town is nestled along a string of beaches that can please almost any visitor. Protected coves make great snorkeling destinations while there are also opportunities for whale watching and deep-sea fishing. This is one of the most popular resort towns in Mexico, and one look at the coastline makes it abundantly clear why this is true.

5. Playa La Ropa

Playa La Ropa

The “Beach of Clothing” got its name when a Spanish galleon wrecked, and its cargo of colorful fabrics washed ashore along this beach. Parasailing, jet skis and hobie cats are all available for rent here, and there are a large number of restaurants to enjoy after a good outing on the water.

4. Cancun Beach

Cancun Beach

The vacation destination of Cancun is well-known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters. This strip along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico is full of many different resorts, restaurants and shops that are great places to stay and play. The region is reminiscent of the Vegas strip, with all of the resorts being close together in a line, with miles of sand around them.

3. Playa del Amor

Playa del Amor

Nestled at the meeting between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, the secluded two-sided Playa del Amor is one of the most famous beaches in Mexico. The beach is easily accessible by water boat from the marina of Cabo San Lucas. Travelers should be warned though that tides can get extremely rough on the Pacific end.

2. Playa Norte

Playa Norte

Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun is popular for relaxing and wildlife watching. Sea Turtles and Whale sharks are two of the most popular species to see here. The northern end of the island is Playa Norte which has a wide swatch of sand that is lined with palm trees and also a few beachfront restaurants and bars.

1. Tulum


This beach sits in the shadow of the famed Tulum Mayan ruins. Though this alone would make this a tourist destination, the wide sandy beaches here have gained their own fame as well. The beach at Tulum has the pristine white sand, palm trees and turquoise water that creates the quintessential beach vacation that everyone dreams of on a snowy day.

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