The Mexican shorelines are blessed with a large number of beaches. The number is so large that maybe even a lifetime would not suffice to visit all of them and enjoy them to the fullest. However, if we had to pick and choose a few, here are the ten best beaches that a tourist to Mexico would love.
1. Isla Mujeres
Located in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, this beach translates into ‘Island of Women’ in the Spanish tongue. The Mayan goddess Ixchel was worshiped here for more than thousand years and today, it is definitely a tourist hotspot. The entire place is walkable and you could fly to it and around it in a chartered Cessna plane!
2. Cancun Beach
A lazy and sleepy village on the Yucatan coast of Mexico has now flowered into one of the most popular tourist stops with its miles of endless beaches, luxurious accommodations and an atmosphere of a never-ending party. The visit here should be made in two parts – one to the downtown area and the other to the zona h.
The whole Acapulco bay is lined with many beaches and the theme on any beach seems to be to play all day and party all night! The beachfront hotels put up tables, chairs and umbrellas for a seashore dining experience. Check out the golf courses, resorts and horse riding centers nearby.
With more than 22 miles of coastline between the Copalito and Coyula rivers, the area of unbounded natural beauty is actually ‘bounded’ by the enrapturing Sierra Madre mountain chain backdrop. The rainy season is the best time to visit and enjoy the lush green jungles and great bio-diversity that exists here.
5. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
If you are searching for fabulous beaches with varying nature and characteristics, then this is where you should be. The bay has been dotted with beautiful beaches with shallow and calm waters filled with corals. This would be a dream for a snorkeler, a swimmer or a water-sports enthusiast. There are open beaches too which have greater waves and surf.
6. Tulum beach
The white, limestone sands of the Tulum beach coupled with its azure blue waters present a perfect getaway for sunbathers and swimmers alike. The cliffs surrounding the beach will definitely be a history-lover’s paradise, consisting of the Mayan ruins dating back to A.D. 250. Since this beach is ‘unspoiled’ by development of resorts and other man-made facilities, this will be the perfect natural haven for a tourist.
7. Cozumel Beaches
The beaches of Cozumel are world famous for their snorkeling and scuba diving facilities. They seem to combine two different worlds in them – one where you find calm waters ideal for swimming and bathing and another where the sea is rugged but presents most beautiful scenes. The beaches on the leeward side are the quieter ones while those on the windward side are the rugged. All the beaches have amenities to satisfy a luxury-seeking tourist.
8. Playa del Carmen
Though not yet completely established, this is one among the fastest growing fun towns of the Caribbean. Located in the center of Riviera Maya, it features lovely bathing beaches with ferrying facilities. The place abounds in para-sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and even sky diving. The Playacar gated-beach resort is a must-visit place. The regions also abound in shopping spots great restaurants.
9. Los Cabos Beach
This is the place where the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean meet and is the Mecca for those who are in love with sands, waters and salt sprays. The winters would be a great time to visit the place and enjoy watching whales. The beaches range from benign to dangerous but there are flag codes to let the visitors know about how safe each beach is.
10. Puerto Vallarta Beach
The Banderas Bay is simply spectacular and breathtaking and is blessed with 25 miles of golden sands. Many of the beaches here are remote, private and thus, very romantic and serene. There are also many small coves with villages along the shoreline. Some areas have jungles that present excellent trekking opportunities.