The Best Beaches to Visit in Mexico

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No matter when you go or who you go with Mexico has something for everyone.

Continue reading for the low down on some of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, guaranteeing a holiday to remember.

Los Cabos, Baja California

Sitting right on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, flanked by The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, is Los Cabos. The municipality of Los Cabos has several beautiful beaches stretching between the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

No less beautiful the western coast of Mexico is known for its photogenic, rugged mountainous terrain sloping down to white sandy beaches with deep blue sparkling water. The climate on the west coast is drier than on the east coast of Mexico.

Ranked amongst the cleanest beaches in the world are El Chileno and Pamilla beaches. Lovers Beach is a secluded beach distinct for its unique granite rock formations and the nearby Arch of Los Cabos. Playa El Suspiro is known for its miles of soft sand and beautiful sunsets.

In addition to its beaches, many other activities attract visitors to Los Cabos. These include restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, and stunning exclusive resorts. No holiday in Los Cabos would be complete without a visit to the famous Nobu Hotel owned by Robert de Niro and celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. It’s situated right on the beach and has exquisite food and gorgeous cocktails. While you may not meet Robert de Niro, the sunbeds are not short of celebrity guests.

Cancun, Yucatan

Cancun is on the west coast of Mexico on the Caribbean Sea. It is a popular destination known for its long flat white beaches, luxury resorts, backpacker hostels, and thriving nightlife.

In a country filled with fantastic scenery, Cancun is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are numerous family-friendly all-inclusive beach resorts. The ocean is warm and the color of turquoise. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular off the coast of Cancun in the crystal clear, tropical waters of the Caribbean.

Recommendations include the following beaches:

  • Chac Mool Beach is warm and inviting. While surrounded by resorts, there is plenty of space to escape the crowds.
  • Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach), a short distance from the busy resort strip of Cancun, is a safe, public beach. Sightings of dolphins, lifeguards, and cafes make this a perfect family beach.
  • Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is a short ferry trip away from Cancun. The trendy Playa Norte on the north tip of the island has a collection of beaches with safe, calm waters. Reef snorkeling is a popular activity off the coast.

Back on the mainland, the city of Cancun is the gateway to the Mayan civilization. There are tours to sacred Temples and buildings throughout the city.

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The Mayan Riviera is a 100-mile stretch south of Cancun. Tulum is said to have Mexico’s most stunning beaches and is in the heart of this stretch. It also has an ancient Mayan Port. The Mayan castle, El Castillo, is perched on a rocky cliff above a beautiful beach and crystal clear sea.

Playa Ruinas is a beach set below ancient Mayan ruins and is an archeological treat. Tulum has accommodation to suit all pockets, from rustic beach huts to exclusive resorts. Visitors can participate in eco-adventures exploring cenotes (underwater limestone caves) and Mayan ruins.

Within easy access from Tulum, Playa Las Palmas is a famous beach with unspoiled views, idyllic sunsets, gentle waves, and pristine white sand.


Set on the Pacific Coast of Mexico is Acapulco. It is a vibrant port city in the shadow of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. Nostalgic Elvis Presley fans flock to Acapulco to remember scenes from his film Fun in Acapulco and walk in the footsteps of other Hollywood greats who frequented the city.

With its non-stop nightlife, shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, Acapulco Bay has several beaches sheltered from the ocean.

Barra Vieja Beach is a short distance from the busy Bay area. It is less crowded with a long white sandy beach and spectacular sunsets.

Playa Pie de la Cuesta boasts the best sunsets in Acapulco and has a sheltered lagoon with sailing boats to hire.

Playa Revolcadero is a long shallow beach. It is the most perfect holiday destination for families with young children.


Cozumel is an unspoiled island in the Caribbean offering ecotourism activities, marine biodiversity, and underwater gardens.

Playa Corona is the oldest beach on Cozumel and is a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkeling.

Playa Chen Rio is on the quiet east side of the island. It is a family-friendly beach with lifeguards on duty. Passion Island is off the north tip of the island and is described as a little bit of paradise, we can confirm this is true!

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Huatulco has one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, situated in the southern state of Oaxaca, in Huatulco. A region protected by the Bahias de Huatulco national park boasts nine bays and thirty-six beaches. The area is steeped in culture with over 16 indigenous groups, preserving their rituals and traditions.

Tangolunda Bay has five beautiful beaches and offers visitors golf courses and exclusive hotels.

Chachacual Bay has two beautiful beaches only accessible by boat, offering privacy and tranquility.

The beautiful Santa Cruz Bay is one of the most popular areas of Huatulco, with lovely beaches, shops, and cafes.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Tucked into the Bahia de Banderas, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, is the quaint cobblestoned road city with white-washed, red-roofed houses. Aside from its fantastic coastline, it is known for having the best restaurants in Mexico.

Activities include high adrenaline zip-lining through the jungle to relaxing strolls as the sun sets along the Malecon promenade.

The sheltered bay cradles a bounty of beautiful beaches from the mellow Yalepa Bay to Las Glorias Beach. The beach rated best by the locals is Playa Palmares, with its pristine white sand and crystal waters. It has safe bathing for families and excellent facilities.

Playa Boca de Tomates is where the locals go for the best surfing. It is a small quieter beach with excellent seafood restaurants. Baby turtles frequent the beach during hatching season.

Playa Camarones is one of the cleanest beaches in Puerto Vallarta. It is relatively secluded, has calm waters, and is perfect for snorkeling.

It is clear why Mexico remains a preferred beach holiday destination for everyone. From backpackers to luxury tourists, Mexico has a beach for everyone.



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