This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)
What are the best beaches in Mexico?
When it comes to Latin America, Mexico is one of the best known destinations. This is not only due to its history but also because of all it has to offer to locals and tourists that visit the country every year.
In addition to having one of the best cuisines in the world, Mexico also has hidden natural treasures such as those found in the Riviera Maya. These magical destinations are set between soft white sand and warm Caribbean water, which is why the country’s biggest summer fanatics tend to visit when they want to enjoy a beach vacation.
However, having so many options, which are really the best beaches in Mexico? Get ready, because as you learn more about these places, you will surely want to pack your luggage and land on the Mexican shore.
Why the Riviera Maya?
One thing is for sure: in the Riviera Maya you will find fun, culture, history, gastronomy, relax and basically everything you need to enjoy the best vacation of your life. The most beautiful beach towns in Mexico are concentrated in this place, so if summer is your thing, this is the place to be.
If you are in search of more comfort, there is the possibility to stay at resorts such as Bahia Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an or Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal: in addition to providing everything you need for a comfortable vacation, they are also strategically located to make it easy to get around Quintana Roo. Thanks to this, you will not only be close to the beaches, but also to archaeological sites, shopping areas and the most famous restaurants.
Top beaches to visit in Mexico
Once you get to these beautiful beaches in Mexico you will never want to leave. So discover a little more about these breath-taking, unique spots.
In the north of the Yucatan Peninsula lies a place so special that it seems to come out of a fairy tale. Holbox is part of the Yum Balam nature reserve and is the perfect beach to go to if you want to find biodiversity, calm waters and fine sand.
As you walk along the beach, you will not only encounter colorful little fish and a radiant sun, but also sea turtles and spectacular pink flamingos that often roam the shore of the beach. In addition, you can relax watching and listening to different birds such as pelicans, seagulls, frigate birds and cormorants.
In certain parts of the island of Holbox you can see an incredible phenomenon called bioluminescence. This consists of enzymes that glow on the shore, making it look like the stars came down to the sea. To see it, we recommend going with a tour guide.
Due to the particularities of Holbox, this island can be considered an ideal place to spend the best beach vacations in Mexico.
Just 15 minutes away from the most famous resorts in the Mexican Caribbean, Xpu-Ha beach awaits travelers who wish to enjoy delicious cocktails, delicious lunches and the best water activities.
Because its accesses are private, it is a very well preserved and quiet beach. To visit it, it is necessary to pay, but its price is affordable considering all it has to offer.
Being part of an ecological reserve, you will find several mangroves and reefs. These can be explored snorkeling or renting a kayak to row around. Many consider this beach to be a balance between a summer atmosphere and calmness, which is why it is one of the best.
Far from the hustle and bustle, set in the most famous beaches of the Riviera Maya is the natural reserve of Sian Ka’an. This place has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO given its importance and beauty.
Dare to discover part of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, tropical forests, mangroves and even coastal dunes. This area is so virgin and diverse that within it you will be able to enjoy different ecosystems, which is why Mexico insists on its protection.
Within the natural reserve you will find several quiet beaches to relax and take snorkeling tours, fishing, diving, bird watching, etc. However, if you are looking for adventure, you can hire guides to go to the hidden areas of the reserve.
You can discover the archaeological site of Muyil where you will learn more about the Mayas or embark on a wildlife watching excursion. In Sian Ka’an you will find different monkeys, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins, jaguars, pumas and more than a thousand species of plants. Even though you are still in Mexico, you will surely feel like you are in another world.
Playa Del Secreto
Finally, if you want to be undisturbed while resting on the sand, Playa del Secreto is your best option.
What this place offers is an idyllic paradise for those who wish to connect with nature, undisturbed and in complete peace. Fewer people, few establishments and a management based on renewable energy. Truly a sanctuary in the middle of the Riviera Maya.
Due to its biodiversity, its calm beaches, its gastronomic offer, its touristic activities and its proximity to important places in the Riviera Maya, these beaches can be considered one of the best parts of all Mexico. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the Mexican Caribbean, these places are a must.