These 8 Best Beaches In Mexico Will Captivate You

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Flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, Mexico is the ideal location for beach adventures. This amazing country certainly lives up to its name — just one look at the stretches of golden sand will entice you to dive into the sprawling seas! Discover the beauty of Mexican beaches with our eight top beaches to discover in Mexico:

1. Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo

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Playa Del Carmen is considered the most popular spot due to the pristine white sand beaches and cool waters. There are numerous spots for beach hopping along the coast. The beach around 2nd Street to 6th Street is the most popular for tourists — the spacious shores and complete facilities, such as clubs and restaurants, makes this the perfect place for a relaxing evening out.

You can also do fun activities such as playing volleyball, sunbathing, and swimming. If you are looking for less crowded beaches, just head north of 48th Street, near Canibal Royal. Although it is slightly hard to access, the pure white sand beach offers peace and serenity with its gorgeous landscape. The clear waters are good for snorkeling, too!

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2. Cancun, Quintana Roo

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Cancun offers one of the loveliest beach landscapes, with plenty of recommended spots you need to explore. Playa Delfines is the biggest beach with a famous resort named Iberostar Cancun situated right on the beach. If you are a fan of the gentle no-wave beaches with shallow waters for you to play in, the La Playa del Norte (North Beach) in the island of Isla Mujeres would your best pick!

Meanwhile, Playa Forum is the best place to jam out to some of the latest EDM hits and to meet new friends from all around the world — everyone’s a social butterfly here, so don’t be afraid to say hi to other travellers!


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3. Acapulco, Guerrero

Condesa Beach in Acapulco, Mexico
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Acapulco was one of the most popular locations for a getaway by millionaires and Hollywood stars back in the 1950’s, and it’s not hard to see why — Pie de La Cuesta in the northwest of Mexico’s sprawling beach retreats offers a stunning view of the sparkling water, with a lagoon perfect for budding water skiers.

Retaining its reputation of being a prime spot for summer escapades, the luxurious beach resorts are the highlight here! The twin beaches of Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla are some of the best spots for both swimming and calm surfing. To enjoy the real grace of beach, never miss out on a chance to visit the Playa Revolcadero — you can’t leave its sunny shores without sun-kissed skin.

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4. Tulum, Quintana Roo

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Situated to the south of Cancun, Tulum is another tropical heaven you should delight in. It’s famous for sandy shores and sparkling turquoise waters. In addition, the peaceful ambiance is well-suited for those who love to daydream underneath the comfortable shade, sipping on ice-cold tequila whilst chilling out on a lounge chair. Another noteworthy feature of the beach is its former use by the ancient Mayan people. This lovely beach is also an archaeological site where you can find the Tulum ruins, an archaeological mystery waiting to be solved by history fanatics.


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5. Cozumel, Quintana Roo

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Cozumel’s beaches have an abundance of things to do such as tanning, chilling out with a picnic by the serene seas, swimming, snorkelling, and much more! This gorgeous island has three types of beaches for you to explore. If you love calm yet wild beaches, just dive into either the northern or southern tip of the island. The waves are strong, but safe enough for a swim. The rocky beach known as the Iron Shore is the best spot for diving. And last but not least — there is a manmade beach surrounded by sumptuous condos, restaurants, and villas.

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6. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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Are you craving a taste of the sunset? Just go beach hopping in Puerto Vallarta!

Take an evening stroll down the sandy beaches, or simply enjoy the various water activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, and sunbathing. If you plan to do some water sports, such as water skiing and parasailing, Playa de Oro beach is the best place to be. Surrounded by hotels and resorts, the beach is bustling with people. For all you foodies, Los Muertos is perfect for you to catch your daily fix of delicious Mexican food.

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7. Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Playa Mazatlan Zona Dorada
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Mazatlan has a lot of attractions to offer. You can have the best of both worlds with ample tranquility in the calm waves, and bask in the homeliness that Mazatlan has to offer with the many families building sandcastles by the shore. For surfing enthusiasts, Mazatlan’s beaches, such as Playas Olas Atlas, Playas Los Pinos, Playa Bruja, and Playa Cerritos, offer some of the best waves on Earth. Playa Sabalo near the Golden Zone and Playa Cerritos at the tip of Nuevo Mazatlan are the best spots to listen to the sounds of calm waves crashing by the bay. If you love island hopping, ensure you drop by Isla de La Piedra. It has the best beach landscape surrounded by plenty of palm trees.

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8. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Peninsula

Lovers Beach Cabo San Lucas 2008
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Cabo San Lucas on the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico hosts numerous amazing beaches to discover. The spots are really ideal for snorkelling, strolling on the beach, diving or other fun water sports. Also, the scenic beaches facing the Pacific Ocean offer an unforgettable experience for sunbathing or simply relaxing on a lounge chair under the comfortable shade of an umbrella. The sunny weather all year round keeps the water temperature moderate and warm.

The bustling nightlife comes alive when the sun sets. With various bars offering unique drinks, let your hair down and enjoy a night out in the expanse of Cabo San Lucas! To taste genuine Mexican dishes, the local restaurant near the beach would be your best choice.

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Head to this tropical heaven soon

Mexico has a ton of beach attractions tailored to all sorts of travelers — what are you waiting for? Book a trip down to beautiful Mexico today, and see the magic for yourself!

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