Top 6 Beautiful Beaches in Mexico

Top 6 Beautiful Beaches in Mexico

Mexico is home to some of the richest culture in the world, and many travelers flock here just to get a true taste of the country. In addition to gaining an eye-opening cultural experience, it doesn’t hurt that travelers also get the chance to swim in some of the most stunning waters around the globe. With white sands and crystal-clear waters along the coastlines, Mexico is the ideal spot for a beach getaway. Check out the 6 most beautiful beaches throughout the country, all offering plenty of Mexico beachfront rentals to choose from, water sports of all kinds, and the relaxed local vibe that most travellers are hoping for.


Tulum is an ideal spot for beach lovers and historians alike; not only will you be surrounded by sparkling azure waters, you’ll also get the chance to learn about ancient Mayan culture. Tulum is the site of the pre-Colombian Mayan city, and it is situated on the picturesque cliffs of the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. So if learning about the people of the past is just as important to you as beach time, Tulum is the spot for you.

In addition to the Mayan ruins, Tulum is home to one of the best diving spots in the world: Cenote Dos Ojos.  These channels of underground caves and tunnels give divers and snorkelers a unique experience. Diving through the cenotes is not the easiest task, however, so often only Advanced Open Waters are allowed to partake. Other must-see attractions along Tulum’s beaches include exploring the caverns and caves at Sac Actun and chilling on the beach at Playa Paraiso.

Puerto Vallarta

A city surrounded by both mountains and ocean, Puerto Vallarta is as stunning as it gets. It is considered a resort city - large all-inclusive resorts and intimate guesthouses line the beaches in every direction. But don’t let this deter you from coming here, there are plenty of secluded beaches to get your fix of alone time.

You could happily spend your entire Puerto Vallarta soaking up the sun and swimming in the salty Pacific waters, but there are plenty of opportunities to explore the sights and sounds of the city. When you need a break from the surf and sun, be sure to visit the Banderas Bay Boardwalk in Malecon. This tourist attraction is home to tons of shops and restaurants and is known as one of the 'artsy' parts of the city. It is also home to the city’s best nightlife, so end your day by grabbing a drink or two on one of the many outdoor patios here.

Isla Mujeres

Literally translated to 'Women Island', Isla Mujeres got its name from the Spanish back in the 16th century due to the numerous images of goddesses inscribed throughout the island walls. It is located about 13 kilometers off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The eastern side of the island is perfect for surfing, while the opposite side has calm clear waters ideal for snorkeling and SCUBA diving. There are several dive sites surrounding the island, but the best by far is located in Garrafon Park.

If you’re interested in ocean conservation, you’ll be happy to learn that sea turtle rescue and breeding is common on the island. Check out the facility on the southern tip of the island dedicated to sea turtle conservation. Other hotspots are best explored by renting a moped or scooter - you’ll easily be able to see the entire island. During your time here, be sure to indulge in the eclectic food, ranging from authentic Mexican to the Mediterranean.

Playa del Carmen

Located along the Riviera Maya strip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen ranks high on the list of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches. The vibrant coral reefs offer some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, and the famous Playa del Carmen beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Most of the accommodations along the beach here provide guests with lounge chairs and beachside food and drink services, as well as rentals of watersports equipment.

If diving is an interest of yours, check out Reef Quest Divers. This is the area’s most popular dive shop and offers both reef and cenote dives to divers ranging in skill level. Other than exploring the stunning waters, Playa del Carmen is home to the popular tourist spot La Quinta Avenida. This is the city’s main street, and it is lined with restaurants, bars, hotels and hostels, clubs, and souvenir shops.


Sayulita is often referred to as a 'surfer’s paradise', and it caters to both beginner and advanced surfers. There are plenty of places to sign up for lessons if you’re interested in learning, and board rental shops and kiosks are common. Other typical water sports include kayaking and stand-up paddleboard, especially on calm days. Depending on where you are staying, check with the front desk to learn about surf lessons and equipment rentals.

Getting to Sayulita is extremely easy; it’s a mere 30 miles from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, and shuttles are easy to find. Once you’re here, you definitely won’t find yourself experiencing boredom - you’ll be surrounded with constant activity ranging from surfing to ATV tours along the coastline. Consider travelling here anytime from November to May, when the tropical weather is just about perfect.


Cancun is one of the more touristy destinations in Mexico, and cheap flights are usually easy to find. Travellers flock here for good reason; Cancun’s beaches are among some of the most beautiful in the world. It is also centrally located, so day trips to other tourist hotspots like Tulum and Isla Mujeres are an easy trip from here. One of the best beaches here is Playa Tortugas, offering a relaxed vibe and local culture. If adventure is what you’re looking for, consider bungee jumping off the pier here.

For a break from the beach, head to the historic Chichen Itza. This ancient site was once the main hub of Mayan civilization and it attracts tourists from all over the world year round. To get here from Cancun, it takes about 2 to 3 hours by car, but it is well worth the drive.

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  1. My favorite is Yelapa. It is about 30 minutes by boat from Puerto Vallarta - kinda remote, unspoilt and so beautiful.

    1. I haven't been to Yelapa. Remote, unspoilt and accessed by boat - it does sound interesting.


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