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15 Best Beaches In Mexico

15 Best Beaches In Mexico

Top 15 Best Mexico Beach Destinations

If you love relaxing on a white, sandy beach listening as the water hit the shore, you have just come at the right place. In our article today, we are going to talk about the best 15 beaches in Mexico.

Cancun Mexico Beach – Best Beaches In Mexico

Many travelers consider the Caribbean region as the Holy Grail of beautiful beaches in South, Central, and North America, however, Mexico also has a hidden treasure. This North American country has some of the most stunning beaches in the world.  Mexico has several coastal borders, and you still experience the Caribbean warmth, revel in the waves of Pacific, and enjoy the tranquility of the Gulf of Mexico. All in just one destination.

Below are some of the best beaches in Mexico.

Balandra Beach
A Playa Balandras, Mexico by Matthew T Rader via unsplash

Balandra beach is usually characterized by the low crowd. Reason for this being that not many people know about it. The beach is just 45-minute drive from the town of La Paz, and when you arrive, you will not fail to notice first the beautiful pristine sand, clear blue waters and the pebbly hill, which offers perfect photo op. If you packed your hiking shoes, try climbing the rocks encircling the bay. From the summit of the hill, you will be in awe of the breathtaking view of the beach and the bay. The mellow waters provide for perfect snorkeling or paddle boarding. You can rent most of the equipment at the beach for paddle boarding and kayaking. Wait for the tides to lower then walk to another small secluded beach to marvel at unique landscapes filled with Mushroom rocks.

Punta Maroma
Punta Maroma By Hemmy (talk) – Wikipedia., CC0

The beach is about six miles away north of Playa del Carmen, and 22 miles from Cancun International Airport. You can enjoy diving at Mesoamerican Reef, which is easily accessible. There are a collection of diverse marine species to see, including the dolphins which you can swim up close to them. If you want to work on your tan, Punta Maroma is the perfect place, because it is at the quietest part of Mexico.

Tulum Beach
Tulum Beach Mexico

Tulum beach is about 2-hour-drive from Cancun. The beach is stunning, to say the least. The waters are so clear you can easily see the bottom, and the sand is the softest you will ever touch. The coast of Tulum beach is cool-warm, thanks to the lush palm trees. You can swim the calm waters, suntan at the beach, or if you have had enough with the beach life, you can explore the Tulum Ruins that is just stone-throw away.

North Beach / Playa Norte
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres By dronepicr – Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, CC BY 2.0

Located on Isla Mujeres, North Beach or Norte Beach is one of the best beaches in Mexico. You can swim, snorkel, or paddleboard in the waters of North Beach. It is also perfect for young ones to swim because the water is shallow up to a good distance. With the beach facing west, you can enjoy a picturesque sunset when you stick around till late evening.

Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach Mexico

Located in Cozumel Mexico, this is one of the popular beaches in Mexico. Unlike other beaches in this list, Paradise Beach charges an admission fee of $3. That is a small price to pay considering the beach has numerous inflatable activities to revel in. Furthermore, if are not interested in swimming in the ocean waters, there is a hot pool nearby. You can also rent snorkeling, kayaking and water mats gear. Some of the thrilling activities to indulge in include water slides, icebergs, water trampolines- the kids will love this, and blast bags.

Delfines Beach
Delfines Beach

Delfines Beach or Playa Delfines in Cancun is perfect for a family beach getaway, with its gentle waves your toddlers will enjoy swimming. You can book an excursion for your kids to have an up-close experience with the dolphins. Besides, there are plenty of lifeguards on duty all over the beach to ensure the safety of everyone. There are also numerous Mexican food shops at the beach for you and your kids to enjoy.

Akumal Beach
Akumal Beach photo By Ken Thomas – KenThomas.us (personal website of the photographer), Public Domain, CC

Akumal is a small town between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There are five bays in Akumal beach, making it a great place for visitors who just want to relax in a secluded place. With magnificent bays, Akumal beach provides a perfect place to dive and snorkel. The beach got its name from turtles, the name Akumal means a place where turtles reside- the sea turtles usually live in the grassy knoll area of the beach and come out to lay eggs on the beach sand.

Mayan Beach
Mayan Beach

This beach is a great option if you are a historian as it is situated near the Maya ruins. It has soft sands in the coastline. There are a range of rocks nearby and also in the water. There are also limestone pools if you have toddlers or if you don’t want to swim in tides. Although Mayan Beach is a bit secluded, it usually attracts large crowds, especially during the weekends.

Xpu-Ha Beach
Xpu-Ha Beach

Xpu-Ha is sandwiched between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the two most popular towns for visitors. The beach has blue waters and pristine white sands. Visit Xpu_ha in the morning and you will enjoy majestic sunrise. There are also a variety of water activities in Xpu-Ha beach, including snorkeling, and parasailing. On the shores, there is a place for volleyball games as well as soccer and yoga.

Lover’s Beach
Cabo San Lucas Mexico Beach

Are you looking for a romantic gateway? Then visit Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is very much secluded and attracts less crowd. You can swim, snorkel or just relax on the calm side of the beach. The beach actually has two sides; the rough side touching the Pacific Ocean and the other more gentle side. You can find baby whales and tropical fish in Lover’s Beach bay during the first months of the year.

Paamul Beach
Paamul Hotel

Located in Cancun, this beach is not that well known by tourists. The waters have corals that are great for scuba diving as well as snorkeling. There are also a variety of tropical fish and other marine animals.

Isla Holbox
Isla Holbox Mexico

Isla Holbox is located 3 hours from Cancun. This beautiful island stretches 26 miles, providing perpetual sand beach to explore. The beach is not yet commercialized and fir this reason, you will find fewer people around. While here, you can try your fishing skills in the water.

Chileno Beach
Chileno Beach by Tanenhaus via Flickr CC

This little paradise is located in Los Cabos. It is among the cleanest beaches in Mexico, largely due to the fact that it is fairly secluded. The presence of tropical fish makes it a perfect place for snorkeling. You can also spot whales in Chileno beach. There is a coral reef you can explore, with the variety of marine life including starfish, sea turtles, eels, sea urchins, sponges, and many more.

Maya Chan Beach
Costa Maya Beach Resort photo via FB Page

Located inMajahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Maya Chan Beach is an all-exclusive beach, with food and drinks available. There is also Mayan inspired buffet you can try. Because the water is calm, you can snorkel, or swim or take a kayak. The kayaks are glass-bottomed to enable you to view the marine life underwater.

For cruise guests, there is a round-trip ride to and from the beach. A water chair will allow you to relax as you dance through the waves.

Yelapa Beach
Yelapa Beach by Jordan Schwartz via Flickr CC

Yelapa is a small beach town in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico. The only way of reaching Yelapa Beach is by boat, which will come right up unto the beach sand. There are chairs and umbrellas for guest to relax on. If you don’t want to sit under the umbrella, there are numerous palm trees lining up the coast as well as hammocks.

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels and Resorts in Mexico via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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