The Best Beaches in Mexico

Guide to Tulum

There are so many incredible beaches around Mexico that it can be hard to decide where to head on your next trip. After living and traveling the country for over a year, I’ve decided to put together a list of the best beaches in Mexico that I’ve discovered.

1. Tulum 

Tulum is by far my favorite beach in Mexico. Not only is the water incredibly clear, but the location is also great, as it sits right beside some Mayan ruins. The combination of ancient culture and an ocean backdrop is one of the most beautiful sights in all of Mexico.

Stay by the beach to experience the high-end restaurants and shop at the one-of-a-kind boutiques. The town is more laid-back, much cheaper, and has a few more local options.

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2. Sayulita

Sayulita is by far my favorite beach along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It was hard to pry myself away from my beloved Caribbean, but Sayulita is worth the trip. If you’re looking for a surf spot in Mexico, Sayulita is definitely the best beach for that. Not only are the waves perfect, but the town is also laid-back and funky.

It’s a popular stop for backpackers, but it’s not just a party town for travelers. There are cute cafés, local markets selling fresh produce throughout the week, and plenty of sand for everyone.


3. Isla Holbox

Holbox is a true island escape. While I didn’t totally fall in love with the town and found it quite expensive compared to other beach towns in Mexico, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The roads are paved with sand, the bars pump out reggae tunes, and the color of the water is a shade of blue I’ve never seen before in nature. I also had the best ceviche of my life in Holbox, so there you go.

4. Hidden Beach Resort

guide to the best nude or clothing-optional beaches will reveal that there are few au naturel spots in Mexico, but the Hidden Beach Resort is one of them. Pretty much every beach along the Riviera Maya is incredible, but having access to a secluded place like this is utterly spectacular. If you’re looking for a place to tan those underexposed spots, head to the Hidden Beach Resort for your next escape.

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5. Bacalar

Bacalar is a truly stunning beach town at the southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Go a couple more miles, and you’ll find yourself in Belize. The town doesn’t actually sit on the Caribbean Sea, as it’s slightly inland and located on Lake Bacalar.

A lot of people refer to Bacalar as the Mexican Maldives because you can stay in beach huts that sit on top of the lake. You can go for a swim right outside your front door, rent kayaks, go paddleboarding, or simply laze on the white sand beaches all day long.

All this talk of beaches is making me want to book a flight back to the coast. Which one should I pick?

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