Find out what the best beaches in Mexico are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Tulum is relaxation and romance with an ancient angle. Guests can enjoy modern takes on traditional Mayan massage and spa treatments, or sunbathe on gorgeous Yucatan beaches within site of well-preserved ancient ruins. A rare mix of beach, archeology and village, Tulum is a romantic getaway like no other.
It’s not just for spring-breakers. Cancun, with its golden beaches and perfect climate, is the premiere coastal destination in Mexico. And while there is certainly a 365-day party available for college students, resorts cater well to families and to those seeking solitude. This Yucatan paradise is also the gateway to the ruins of Tulum and Chichén Itzá.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is distinct among Yucatan beach towns both culturally and commercially. While its beaches are similar to other destinations', its nightlife and hotel culture is hipper in the European and American style, blending the traditional Mexican locale with a more permissive and opulent array of tourist options.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico's prime resort destinations. Located on the Baja Peninsula, Cabo boasts perfect weather and stunning beaches for water sports, world-class big-game fishing and whale watching. Cabo has something for everyone, whether it’s relaxing on the sand with a tropical drink in hand, spotting celebrities, shopping for local crafts, snorkeling, parasailing or dancing all night at one of the many fashionable clubs.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
The beaches of Nuevo Vallarta attract both luxury-loving resort guests and the rare and gorgeous Caguama turtles, who lumber here to lay their eggs. Located 16 miles north of its more well-known Mexican sibling, Puerto Vallarta, the golden sands of Nuevo Vallarta are the perfect place to sip tequila, take in a gorgeous sunset, or swim with happily squeaking dolphins.
The coastal paradise Akumal, "Place of the Turtle" in Mayan, is approximately one hour from Cancun. Scuba dive among the rich sea life including coral, eels, barracudas and green turtles. The calm, clear waters and abundant tropical fish of Yal-Ku Lagoon are a must for snorkeling. If you’re craving rest and relaxation, pack a book and lounge for the day on the idyllic white sandy beaches or just gaze upon the endless turquoise, crystal waters.
Some say the real show in Cozumel is underwater. Here at the second largest reef in the world, divers say the natural beauty is unparalleled. Head to beaches like Playa Palancar and Playa Corona for amazing snorkeling, diving and the pleasure of relaxing under the Caribbean sun.
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Resort-minded Puerto Aventuras, lounging on the Riviera Maya between Playa del Carmen and Akumal, mingles tropical beauty with the riches of the sea. Scuba dive, snorkel or try to land a record-breaking sailfish. Hoist anchor from its full-service marina, which offers daily ferry trips to Cozumel. Swing in a hammock on powdery-white Xpu-Ha Beach or tour the local shipwreck museum for a full taste of Puerto Aventura's seaside flavor.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta's golden beaches and indigo waters invite carefree bayside relaxation. Playa Camarones ("Shrimp Beach") is thusly named because local fisherman used to beach themselves here to unload their daily shellfish catches on the sand. Kids will go crazy for the folklore behind the city's largest public beach, Playa de Los Muertos ("Dead Man's Beach"). Legend has it that this stretch of sand was a hub of pirate activity during the 17th and 18th centuries. Aspiring Jack Sparrows can dig for buried treasure while their parents unwind with a liquid treasure of their own.
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Puerto Morelos, a peaceful village on the Mayan Riviera, offers visitors a glimpse of the real Yucatan. A hotspot for snorkelers and sport fishers, Puerto Morelos' coolest seaside feature is also its most unusual: the Original Lighthouse. Knocked off-kilter by Hurricane Beulah in 1967, this tilted lighthouse will amaze kids and adults alike. Equally amazing is Puerto Morelos' ecologically diverse coral reef, a protected National Marine Park that's part of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef system in the Western Hemisphere.