1. Bahía Concepción, 2. Tulum, 3. Playa Salchi, 4. Yelapa, 5. Playa Las Islitas, 6. El Cielo, 7. Laguna Bacalar, 8. Playa Los Algodones, 9. Playa Zipolite, 10. Puerto Escondido. Mexico has magnificent beaches that are great for everyone, from partygoers to those looking for some R&R. Toplist has compiled this list to assist you in locating the ideal Mexico beach resort for sunbathing on the sand and splashing in the waves.
- Bahía Concepción
- Playa Salchi
- Playa Las Islitas
- El Cielo
- Laguna Bacalar
- Playa Los Algodones
- Playa Zipolite
- Puerto Escondido
This stretch of secret coves south of Mulegé in Baja California Sur is one of the most incredibly magnificent segments of coast in all of Mexico, if not all of Baja. Baha Concepción is a popular stopping point for the adventurous and outdoorsy; road trippers frequently choose this region as a last destination – and stay for weeks. The milky, blue-green sea, unusual rock formations, and marine fauna make it a popular kayaking destination. And the coves’ protection makes for excellent swimming.
There are a variety of budget-friendly camping places scattered around the coves along the water; if you wish to spend a while, we recommend arriving with plenty of daylight left.
Todos Santos Eco Adventures, on the other hand, is truly remote without requiring much DIY. They have three glamping alternatives that are so securely hidden that you might forget the rest of the world exists. Camp Cecil de la Isla is located on Espiritu Santo in a secluded cove. With a few luxurious glamping tents, a wonderful chef, and unlimited swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding. They also provide a licensed naturalist and guide who can take you on a variety of exciting experiences while teaching you about the island’s and bay’s environment. They’re fine if you just want to read a book and drink margaritas all day.
And you may relax knowing that TOSEA works hard to provide guests with sustainable experiences. They’ve managed to reduce plastic pollution in Todos Santos while producing a glamping experience that leaves no trace at the end of the journey by collaborating with naturalists, conservationists, and Baja California people.
Bahía Concepción is perfect for kayaking and swimming © CampPhoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto
While Mexico is brimming with tourist beaches, each with their own allure, Tulum is our favorite. Its magnificent shoreline, with its confectioner-sugar sands, azure water, and mild breezes, places it among Mexico’s greatest beaches. Plus, where else can you have all of it plus a spectacularly placed Mayan Ruin?
This is a beach for folks who want lavish accommodations, fashionable eateries, and instagram-worthy views. There are also lots of things nearby to keep you occupied if you decide to get out of your reclining chair for the afternoon.
You can stay near the beach, where the rates are higher but the views are more beautiful, or near the old town, where the prices are lower but the views are more beautiful. For our money, we recommend the eco-friendly La Posada del Sol near the beach. And, for the tastiest traditional Yucatecan taco, the cochinita pibil, go to Taquera Honorio.
Tulum is our favorite Mexican resort beach ©Matteo Colombo/Getty Images
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Huatulco Salvaje, a group of trained tour guides from the area, offers the best trips. Many of them are from families who were evacuated during the establishment of Parque Nacional Huatulco in the 1990s, and they are well-versed in nature trips.
The Oaxaca Coast has several lovely beach destinations © Ferrantraite Getty Images
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Puerto Vallarta was overshadowed by Cancn for a time, but this appealing seaside town is wrapped around the beautiful blue Bahia de Banderas and flanked by lush palm-covered mountains. It’s also known for its vibrant nightlife, and with a plethora of LGBT-friendly alternatives, it’s become Mexico’s gay beach capital.
Yelapa is the greatest beach near Puerto Vallarta. It’s the furthest south of town from town, situated within a beautiful and treasured bay. It is home to a tiny population of people who fish off the pier. It can get crowded during the day, but it clears out in the afternoon and has several excellent places to stay if you prefer peaceful evenings.
Yelapa is an untouched tropical paradise in Puerto Vallarta © Karamysh / Shutterstock
Playa Las Islitas
It’s no surprise that Riviera Nayarit is popular with families these days. Both Punta Mita and Sayulita are wonderful tiny surf villages with brilliant, blue sea, white sand, great dining, and a plethora of wildlife excursions to take in the magnificent, jungled mountains. However, for the ultimate in laid-back appeal, visit to the tranquil, drowsy backwater of San Blas.
The beaches here, Playa Los Cocos, Playa Miramar, and our personal favorite, Playa Las Islitas, are popular for surfing and offer palapas where you can relax and drink fresh coconut water. Playa Las Islitas is a great swimmable beach with a fairly mild surf, making it ideal for novices.
If you’re looking for surf, however, travel to Troncones, where world-class surfing has been luring ex-pats for several years. There’s also terrific mountain biking in the hills, as well as day outings to see petroglyphs in a nearby cave and soak aching surfer muscles in a nearby hot spring.
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Cozumel is still Mexico’s most popular diving and snorkeling destination. For good cause, the neighboring reefs are world-renowned. They boast year-round visibility and a stunning array of marine life, including spotted eagle rays, moray eels, groupers, barracudas, turtles, sharks, brain coral, and even massive sponges.
El Cielo Beach lives up to its heavenly name with shallow blue waters suitable for snorkeling and swimming amid starfish, stingrays, and other small, brilliant species. It’s the ideal pit stop after a morning spent exploring the depths under the surface.
If diving is your primary goal, visit Cozumel in September or October when the weather is at its best. Book a tour with Aldora Divers, one of Cozumel’s best dive businesses. When the weather on the western side of the island is terrible, they’ll take you to the winward side of the island and conduct full-day excursions to caves with sleeping sharks.
Cozumel is the number one spot for diving, but El Cielo is the perfect place to spend your afternoons © Agustavop Getty Images/iStockphoto
The crystal-clear Laguna Bacalar, which is more than 60 kilometers long and has a bottom of sparkling white sand, offers opportunities for camping, swimming, kayaking, and simply lazing around amid a color palette of blues, greens, and shimmering whites – as if you’ve left real life behind and stepped into a filter-perfect world.
The little and tranquil town has enough tourism to offer things to do and places to eat, but let’s be honest: the quiet opportunity to absorb in all the beauty is what draws people here.
Rancho Encantado is the place to live out your cabana-over-turquoise-water fantasies. A typical day at this beautiful hotel includes waking up, having breakfast on the lagoon, kayaking or swimming in calm, transparent waters, and relaxing in the Jacuzzi.
Laguna Bacalar is a hidden treasure in Quintana Roo, Mexico © DC_Aperture/Shutterstock
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Playa Los Algodones
The low-key San Carlos is dominated by the beautiful Cerro Tetakawi twin peaks, which glow an astonishing red-earthed tint as the sun sets. When not lazing on the beach, the major pastime is kayaking, although there are also climbs up the mountains and horseback riding in the desert.
Northern Mexico isn’t frequently visited by travelers with passports from outside Mexico, but it can get crowded with weekend warriors from neighboring Hermosillo. Nonetheless, Sonora attracts significantly fewer visitors, particularly foreigners, than its numerous attractions and breathtaking beauty would suggest.
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Zipolite’s beach is vast, stretching for 1.5 kilometers and delivering big waves. It’s famed for nudity; you’ll find people naked swimming, sunbathing, or joyfully wandering through the wet sand at any time of day, but it’s more popular in a few of coves near the western end of the beach and in the small bay known as Playa del Amor.
Zipolite is a laid-back village with palapas, beach shacks, and purposefully rustic boutique hotels. It’s the largest of three beach communities that line the coast west of Puerto Angel, and it’s well renowned for surfing, an unabashed ‘do nothing’ attitude, and a touch of bohemian enchantment.
Zipolite’s essence and magnificence is that organized activity is sparse. This is a place to hang around and do as little or as much as you want. But you’ll need to eat, so go to La Providencia, a modern Mexican treat with a wonderful open-air lounge.
Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico is a long, gorgeous beach with amazing waves © Andy Sotiriou/Getty Images
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Puerto Escondido, oh, Puerto Escondido. Is this the place where surfers go after they die? Many locales claim to have the best surfing beach in the world, but Puerto Escondido’s Playa Zicatela — 3.5 kilometers of golden sand and pounding waves – is in many wave-riders’ top ten for good cause. At the northern end, the Mexico Pipeline is at the center of the action. However, if you want to learn from the finest, go to Playa Carrizalillo.
This small, picturesque sheltered cove west of the city is a beach superstar and a gorgeous area to hang out, swim, and pretend to be a surfer dude. In fact, it is the ideal location for beginning surfers. If you book a lesson, you’ll most likely finish up here making a few splashes. When you’re done, there’s a nice stretch of palapa beach bars.
Around town, the Rinconada district is growing as a gastronomic hotspot, while the beach bars in Zicatela stage spirited dance parties for late-night mayhem.
It’s definitely worth climbing those 157 steps to reach Playa Carrizalillo © Piero Zanetti / Getty Images