White sand, warm water, idyllic views: There’s a reason Mexico is a popular beach destination. Here are some best beaches in Mexico where it is worth visiting.
Tulum, Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula
At the far southern end of the Mayan Riviera, about a two-hour drive from Cancun, Tulum’s beach is not only picture-perfect, it is also historically rich. The gorgeous white-sand beach is backed on one side by the turquoise-hued waters of the Caribbean Sea and on the other by jungle and cliffs that house 13th-century Mayan ruins.
Akumal Beach is also in the Tulum area. The gorgeous white-sand beach is less touristy than other Riviera Maya beaches and is where to come if you are an animal lover.
The name Akumal translates to “place of the turtle” in Mayan, and this is a favorite place for large sea turtles to lay their eggs. Spotting turtles on this beach is pretty much a given during this season.
The water just offshore is clear and calm and perfect for swimming, which makes Akumal a great choice for families. There is also a thriving coral reef just offshore that is perfect for snorkeling excursions.
Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor is Cabo’s most beautiful beach. On Land’s End at the far southern edge of Cabo San Lucas, at “Lover’s Beach,” craggy rock formations meet the sand and crashing waves in dramatic fashion.
The beach runs between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, so you can experience the wild waves on one side and the gentler sea on the other. From here, you can also see Cabo’s most famous natural landmark, El Arco, which is a stunning rock arc formation in the ocean.
Balandra Beach, La Paz
Balandra is special for resembling a lagoon despite just being a bay. The illusion comes from high cliffs that almost entirely encircle the beach and shallow waters that let you wade from one side to another-it is an excellent choice for young children. There is also great snorkeling in the vicinity, both in the bay and in the reef beyond it.
Cancun Beach, Riviera Maya
Covering a 14-mile stretch, Cancun Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of Mexico. Anchoring the Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula, which sticks out into the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is famous for its developed tourism industry, powder-soft white-sand beach, and turquoise sea.
Yelapa Beach, Jalisco
The small and remote fishing village of Yelapa and its beautiful gold-sand beach fronts the world’s seventh largest bay, Bahia de Bandaeras. This beach is a great choice if you want to experience small-town Mexican life and few crowds on an unspoiled stretch of sand.
Take a kayak out into the bay and paddle the calm waters or check out the view below with a mask and fins-there is good snorkeling here as well.