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15 Best Beaches In Mexico

What are the best beaches to check out in Mexico?

Top 15 Best Mexico Beach Destinations

If you love relaxing on a white, sandy beach and listening as the water hits the shore, you have just come to the right place. From secluded coves to crowded beaches, Mexico offers many activities for every type of traveler. This article will talk about the best 15 beaches in Mexico.

Cancun Mexico Beach - Best 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 the 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
A Playa Balandras, Mexico by Matthew T Rader via Unsplash

Balandra beach is usually characterized by a small crowd. The reason for this is that not many people know about it. The beach is just a 45-minute drive from the town of La Paz, and when you arrive, you will not overlook first the beautiful pristine sand, clear blue waters, and the pebbly hill, which offers a perfect photo op.

Try climbing the rocks encircling the bay if you packed your hiking shoes. From the hill’s summit, you will be in awe of the breathtaking view of the beach and the bay. The mellow waters provide for perfect snorkeling or paddleboarding.

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 via Wikipedia CC
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 is a collection of diverse marine species to see, including the dolphins you can swim up close to.

If you want to work on your tan, Punta Maroma is the perfect place because it is in Mexico’s quietest part.

Tulum Beach

Tulum Beach Mexico
Tulum Beach Mexico

Tulum beach is about a 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 in the calm waters and suntan at the beach, or if you have had enough with the beach life, you can explore the Tulum Ruins that are just a stone-throw away.

North Beach / Playa Norte

Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres by dronepicr via Wikipedia CC
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres By dronepicr – Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, CC BY 2.0

It is one of Mexico’s best beaches, located on Isla Mujeres, North Beach, or Norte Beach. 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. You can enjoy a picturesque sunset with the beach facing west when you stick around till late evening.

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach Mexico
Paradise Beach Mexico

Located in Cozumel, Mexico, this is one of the most popular beaches in Mexico. Unlike other beaches on 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 you 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

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 everyone’s safety. 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 via Wikipedia CC
Akumal Beach photo By Ken Thomas – (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 at 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 beach’s grassy knoll area and come out to lay eggs on the beach sand.

Mayan Beach

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 on the coastline. There are a range of rocks nearby and also in the water.

There are also limestone pools if you have toddlers or don’t want to swim in tides. Although Mayan Beach is a bit secluded, it usually attracts large crowds, especially on weekends.

Xpu-Ha Beach

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 on Xpu-Ha beach, including snorkeling and parasailing. On the shores, there is a place for volleyball games, soccer, and yoga.

Lover’s Beach

Cabo San Lucas Mexico 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 fewer crowds. 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 gentler 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
Paamul Hotel

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

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox Mexico
Isla Holbox Mexico

Isla Holbox is located 3 hours from Cancun. This beautiful island stretches 26 miles, providing a perpetual sand beach to explore.

The beach is not yet commercialized, and for 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
Chileno Beach by Tanenhaus via Flickr CC

This little paradise is located in Los Cabos. It is among the cleanest beaches in Mexico, largely because it is fairly secluded.

The presence of tropical fish makes it a perfect place for snorkeling. You can also spot whales on Chileno beach. You can explore a coral reef with various marine life, including starfish, sea turtles, eels, sea urchins, sponges, and many more.

Maya Chan Beach

Costa Maya Beach Resort photo via FB Page
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 a Mayan-inspired buffet you can try. Because the water is calm, you can snorkel, swim or take a kayak. The kayaks are glass-bottomed to enable you to view the marine life underwater.

There is a round-trip ride to and from the beach for cruise guests. 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 Beach by Jordan Schwartz via Flickr CC

Yelapa is a small beach town in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico. The only way to reach Yelapa Beach is by boat, which will come right up to the beach sand.

There are chairs and umbrellas for guests to relax on. If you don’t want to sit under the umbrella, numerous palm trees are lining up the coast and hammocks.

How about you? What’s your favorite beach in Mexico?

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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