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Mexico Beaches

Find the nicest beaches in Mexico

Mexico beaches are, quite simply, some of the finest beaches in the world. In a country steeped in history, culture and architecture, the famous beaches of Mexico are what draw millions of tourists to this beautiful country each year. The best Mexico beaches can be found both along both coasts, and every beach has its own character. Some attract snorkelers and swimmers; others are just the spot for fishing or para-sailing, but both are nestled in tightly with gorgeous Mexican Resorts. Whatever the water activity is, there is a famous Mexico beach for it.

Acapulco Beaches

Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific,” this fun town was the first to introduce swim-up pool bars, cliff divers and para-sailing. Although it is no longer the glamorous jet-set destination it once was, Acapulco has been experiencing a renewal in recent years, with the Mexican government investing more than $1 billion dollars in its infrastructure since the late 1990s. Acapulco remains a party town, popular with Spring breakers, and it has some of the best beaches in Mexico.

--Caleta Beach is in the old part of the city and was once Acapulco’s most famous beach and is still a good spot for swimming.

--Hornos Beach is close to the center of town and has calm waves. It is popular with locals.

--Puerto Marques Beach is a favorite for Mexico tours and has fairly calm waves.

--Condesa Beach is found in the center of Acapulco Bay and is popular with tourists (it also has lot of vendors)

--La Bonfil Beach has the best waves for surfing and has fewer tourists than some other beaches.

Cabo San Lucas Beaches

Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, the Sea of Cortez separates this raucous, upscale resort from the rest of Mexico. Cabo is primarily known for its outstanding fishing, golf and diving, but it also has some of the best Mexico beaches. The water is calm, warm and clear, a mix of mesmerizing blues and greens, and the sand glistens under sparkling blue skies.

--Medano Beach is the main swimming beach and is the most popular beach in Cabo. Non-motorized water equipment and snorkeling equipment can be rented here.

--Divorce Beach is located on the Pacific side of Cabo and is great for sunbathing and relaxing (swimming is not recommended).

Several pristine beaches, including Chileno Beach, Barco Varado Beach and Vista del Arco Beach, are found on the outskirts of Cabo, on the way to the town of San Jose del Cabo, and are not crowded.

Cancun Beaches

Of all the famous beaches of Mexico, perhaps the most well known are found in one of the best Mexico beach resorts, stunning Cancun, with its tranquil waters and silky soft beach sand. This spectacular destination attracts more than 2 million visitors a year and it is easy to understand why. The shopping is fabulous, the food is delicious and the festive party atmosphere is non-stop. The beaches, many of which can be accessed through hotel lobbies, are not bad, either.

--Playa las Perlas, located on the northern side of Cancun, is a good spot for swimming and soaking up sun. There are restaurants and bars located here as well.

--Playa Tortugas, also found on Cancun’s northern side, is popular for swimming and water sports.

--Playa Ballenas is located on Cancun’s eastern side and is a great beach for relaxing, swimming and water sports. It has restaurants and bars as well.

--Punta Nizuc, home to some very exclusive hotels, is found on the eastern side of Cancun and is a good spot for sunbathing and swimming.

--The Camino Real Hotel, at the southern tip of the peninsula, has a private beach that is only accessible by walking through the hotel property. The beach is federally (publicly) owned, as are all Mexico beaches, so anyone can visit and enjoy its spectacular coastline without being disturbed by vendors, loud music or Frisbee throwers.

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Made famous by the 1964 Hollywood film "Night of the Iguana,” starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, leisurely Puerto Vallarta continues to charm. Part of the Mexican Riviera, Puerto Vallarta has the character of an old fashioned Mexican town combined with modern amenities. Swaying palm trees, cobbled streets, jungle covered mountains that nearly drop into the sea and 25 miles of golden Mexico beaches all beckon. Adding to the beaches’ mystique is that fact that many are secluded and only accessible by boat. These tucked away spots may be some of the best beaches in Mexico.

--Yelapa is a tiny fishing village on a peaceful cove and has a long stretch of beach. Thatch-roof restaurants here are popular with day trippers.

--Boca de Tomates is the best spot for viewing sea turtles, exotic birds and crocodiles, and it is usually not crowded.

--Las Animas is secluded and has a few restaurants and is a favorite with locals who arrive via their own boats.

--Los Muertos is a long sandy beach on Puerto Vallarta’s south side and is a lively spot, which is somewhat ironic considering that the name, when translated, means “The Dead.”

--The Hotel Zone is a wide sandy beach that reaches from Marina Vallata to the Rosita, and is, as the name would imply, full of beautiful Mexican hotels. It was the first Puerto Vallarta beach and is still one of the most popular with tourists.

Other Mexico destinations, including Manzanillo, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, also have their share of beautiful Mexico beaches. A visit to any one of them will not diappoint.

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