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The Best of Mexico’s Caribbean and Pacific Coasts

The Best of Mexico’s Caribbean and Pacific Coasts

Mexico is just the place to go to for some incredible beaches, brilliant waves, fantastic diving and just all round good fun. Varied coastlines make up different beach settings and hence contrasting coastal experiences. Here’s our list of diverse beaches, each seaside experience as beautiful and memorable as the other.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

A cool beach town vibe beckons holiday revellers to this hip and happening town in the Yucatan peninsula. Hit the beaches by day following it up with a night of extraordinary dining choices and entertainment at the pedestrian only Quinta Avenida. A hop, skip and Ferry away is the Caribbean island of Cozumel; in fact this is the perfect place to look for your local guide in Mexico as the Playa serves as the perfect base for exploring the rest of the Riviera Maya.

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

This coastal area really does satisfy everyone, it’s great for surfing, has incredible marine wildlife for divers and Puerto is a wonderful market town. The surfing in Playa Zicatella is definitely high on the difficulty scale but tranquil beaches of Bahía Principal and Bahía Puerto Angelito close by provide lovely avenues to relax

Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

The beaches on this incredible island can suit just about anyone. There is the perfectly peaceful Playa Norte or the more lively Playa Lancheros. Dive and snorkel amongst fascinating reefs in calm waters surrounding the island,  explore the rocky coves of the island on a bike or golf cart, sign up for those yoga classes and reward yourself with a fresh seafood lunch!

Los Cerritos

Los Cerritos Sandbar Walking

This amazing beach at Todos Santos has some of the best surfing in Mexico for ardent surfers and beginners alike. Swim in the warm blue waters, walk along the sandbars at low tide, grab a meal at one of the restaurants and if you’re lucky on a weekend, catch one of the local bands performing to the beach crowd.

Zipolite

Zipolite Beach

Zipolite is a change of pace from many of the resorts up and down the coast. It’s a favourite among travellers passing through offering a very relaxed and unstructured vibe. There are an abundance of nice places to stay and eat for budget beach lovers and although surfers should take heed, as the waters can be dangerous here. You’re also not far from San Agustinillo, a similarly laid back area which is perfect for surfing beginners and swimmers.

Playa de los Muertos

Playa de los Muertos

Literally meaning the ‘Beach of the Dead’ Playa de los Muertos is thankfully in start contrast to its sinister meaning.  One of Mexico’s best kept secrets, this naturalist beach is isolated to the extent there are no services available around; so remember to pack your water and beach essentials before heading there. Though not a sandy beach, the gravel gives the waters a brilliant turquoise hue set against volcanic rocky terrain that call out for a hike. An ideal spot to relax, enjoy the quiet and watch the world, and sometimes the whales go by.

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