14 of the Best + Secret Seashores in Mexico

March 3, 2022


This publish was written by Emily Becker, who’s a Mexico-based freelance writer for BMTM.

Having lived in Mexico for two years, I’ve been to my justifiable share of implausible seashores. With a whole lot of miles of shoreline on the Pacific side, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean, there’s a great deal of choice proper right here, too. There’s actually a seashore for everyone, ranging from the mega-tourism of the Riviera Maya to the crashing waves of Oaxaca.

Listed under are my picks for the perfect seashores in Mexico, from north to south:

1. Isla Espíritu Santo, Baja California Sur

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On the lower half of the Baja California Peninsula, solely a fast boat journey away from La Paz, is Isla Espíritu Santo. This paradise is exactly the kind of place you dream of everytime you think about the correct island trip spot. It’s uninhabited, so you might’t actually carry on it, though, nevertheless you might go to all through the day whereas staying in La Paz.

The radiant, white-sand seashores and contrasting crimson rocks of the island are among the many many points that make this seashore so pretty. It’s moreover residence to some distinctive wildlife, which is what many people come to see. Significantly, there’s an abundance of sea lions shut by. A snorkeling journey like this one is an efficient strategy to perceive them.

  • The place to stay: Much like Balandra Seaside (below), the most effective place to stay in order to go to Isla Espirítu Santo is La Paz. You’ll uncover an excessive amount of nice decisions there, like this super affordable loft Airbnb!
  • Learn the way to get there: The one approach to get to the island is by boat with an authorized tour operator. The abovementioned tour is an excellent alternative, nevertheless you possibly can even uncover a great deal of others in La Paz, harking back to Club Cantamar.

2. Balandra Seaside, La Paz, Baja California Sur

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That may be a kind of places the place I’ve to stop and ask myself, Is that this even precise? Balandra Seaside is so breathtaking that parts of it actually really feel surreal in particular person. Between the pristine, shallow waters on the snug, white sand and the reddish, rocky mountains inside the background, this seashore was certainly one of many greatest in order so as to add to this file.

Balandra is near the city of La Paz, in Baja California Sur. Given that pandemic, authorities have been implementing a functionality limit on the seashore, so that you just’ll ought to get there early to realize entry.

From October to May, La Paz is an excellent place to go looking out whale sharks, so that you just’ll have an superior view of them breaching whales all through the season.

Among the many best strategies to soak up the wonderful thing about Balandra Seaside is to snorkel in its pristine waters and take a peek on the variety of glittering fish and totally different sea creatures. This tour encompasses a stop at Balandra and likewise passes by the lighthouse at San Rafaelito.

  • The place to stay: In La Paz, the closest stage to Balandra Seaside the place you might hold, Hotel Catedral is doubtless one of many best decisions, with an incredible rooftop.
  • Learn the way to get there: To get to Balandra, you may must have a automotive or take a taxi. One different approach to get there’s to take a ship or jet-ski from a neighboring seashore, harking back to Pichilingue; you might put together for a ship to pick out you once more up in plenty of hours, after having enjoyable with the seashore. It must worth spherical 250 pesos ($12.50 USD) per particular person, round-trip.

3. Islas Marietas, Nayarit

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Merely off the coast of Sayulita inside the state of Nayarit are the Marietas Islands. Small and uninhabited, they’re residence to sea caves, virgin seashores, and intensely clear water.

There’s a rumor that Islas Marietas was as quickly as a bomb-testing web page, which is one notably sinister clarification for the gaping hole you’ll uncover on the well-known Playa del Amor (a hidden paradise), which seems to be like like an infinite skylight above the seashore.

This small group of islands is believed for its biodiversity and unbelievable snorkeling. Wildmex affords half-day snorkel excursions, which might be the best strategies to get pleasure from the whole thing the islands have to provide.

This seashore trip spot is definitely the best in Mexico, so don’t miss out on a go to in case you’re ever inside the Sayulita or Puerto Vallarta area!

  • The place to stay: The easiest place to stay is Sayulita, which has a ton of good lodging decisions. Aurinko Bungalows, a favorite amongst solo vacationers, has rooms for spherical $70-80 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: If flying into Puerto Vallarta, you might attain Sayulita by personal car, public bus, and even Uber! From there, you’ll ought to e book a tour like this one or from a corporation in Sayulita or Puerto Vallarta to get to the islands.

4. Costa Careyes, Jalisco

Located inside the Bay of Banderas, Costa Careyes is a lesser-known paradise with virgin seashores, thick forests, and tons of wildlife. Although builders are merely beginning to place up luxurious resorts inside the surrounding Cabo Corrientes area, Costa Careyes has principally prevented the mega-construction of many alternative seashore places.

Costa Careyes is residence to rugged nature and small villages, with little else alongside this part of the coast, making it the very best seashore trip spot for vacationers who’re seeking every an adventurous and peaceful experience. The time to go to is now, as plans to assemble additional infrastructure and resorts are underway and may seemingly lead to an infinite development in tourism to the realm.

The shining star of this area is the Selva de Cuitzmala, which is true in Costa Careyes’s once more yard. With its unbelievable ocean views paired with the picturesque jungle, that is doubtless one of the crucial idyllic places you’ll uncover in Jalisco. It feels a world away from the craziness of Puerto Vallarta.

  • The place to stay: Airbnb has a ton of good decisions for mid-priced lodging, like this one-bedroom casita with an ocean view. One different good alternative is that this boutique villa, which includes breakfast and an airport shuttle from Puerto Vallarta.
  • Learn the way to get there: Costa Careyes is just a few three-hour drive from the airport in Puerto Vallarta or a one-hour drive from the airport in Manzanillo. You can take a taxi from each of these airports for anyplace between $40 and $200 USD, or you might take public transport. In case you resolve to do the latter, merely ask the place the parada de combis is and uncover the combi going to Costa Careyes. You can let the driving force know that you would be able to be stopping there.

5. Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

You may have heard of Acapulco, which is actually certainly one of Mexico’s most well-known — and for my part, overrated — seashores inside the nation. Skip the craziness there and instead head a bit extra north, to Zihuatanejo. This laid-back surf metropolis has some killer waves and among the enticing seashores in Mexico.

There are 4 seashores in Zihuatanejo, primarily probably the most distant and best one by far being Playa Las Gatas. The dreamy turquoise water is right for swimming and snorkeling, and the chilliness ambiance makes it merely the suitable place to get away from the stresses of life and completely loosen up. I can’t think about one different seashore that has such a serene ambiance as Playa Las Gatas.

The coast of Zihuatanejo has rocky cliffs, thick mangroves, and towering mountains, together with picturesque seashores. If the wonderful thing about this part of Mexico wasn’t romantic ample, check out this horseback-riding tour that is likely to be an excellent date collectively together with your affiliate, and even solo!

  • The place to stay: Should you’re trying to find luxurious and serenity, look no extra than La Casa Que Canta (“The Dwelling That Sings”). This place is totally enticing! Rooms start at spherical $300 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: Attending to Zihuatanejo is fairly easy, because of it has an airport with every day flights from Mexico Metropolis. To get to Playa Las Gatas, you might take a water taxi from the pier at Playa la Ropa in Zihuatanejo.

6. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Playa Carrizalillo is my favorite seashore in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is a surfer’s dream, recognized for having the most effective waves in all of Mexico. Town itself is unquestionably pretty big, and there are a variety of utterly totally different seashores to pick out from. Every has its private spirit, from the celebration scene at Playa Manzanillo to the no-fuss vibe of Playa Bacocho. There’s a seashore in Puerto Escondido for everyone.

I imagine Playa Carrizalillo, close to the center of metropolis, is likely one of the greatest seashore proper right here. It’s a small cove, and the waves there are good for shopping, nevertheless you possibly can even swim and snorkel. To get there, you could go down plenty of steps, on which you’ll take inside the enticing views of the ocean alongside the easiest way.

La Punta is actually probably the most hip and touristy part of Puerto Escondido and it strains Playa Zicatela, the mecca of shopping. On this area you’ll uncover sweet cafés, surf shacks the place you might be part of lessons, an excessive amount of consuming locations, and Puerto’s vibrant nightlife. You can’t go away Puerto Escondido with out attempting out La Punta.

Uncover the whole thing it’s important to find out about visiting Puerto Escondido here.

  • The place to stay: You’ll uncover the whole thing from backpacker hostels to luxurious lodges in Puerto Escondido. That acknowledged, you might discover places which have a great deal of price for reasonably priced, similar to the Bikini Beach House, which has breezy seaside rooms for spherical $40 USD a night.
  • Learn the way to get there: Puerto Escondido is the best seashore to get to in Oaxaca from the States because of you might merely fly into its airport. You’ll in all probability ought to make a connection in Mexico Metropolis, which is barely a 40-minute flight away.

7. Mazunte, Oaxaca

Punta Cometa in Mazunte: good for sunset!

Oh, Mazunte… I went there for the first time ultimate yr and fell in love immediately. Its chill ambiance, nice seafood, and crashing waves make for a relaxing and restorative seashore experience. You can merely cowl the a relatively small metropolis, recognized for its bohemian vibe, on foot, with out having for transport if you get there. Its rocky shores present a mix of cactus-speckled landscapes and cozy, sandy seashores that attraction to tons of surfers and barefoot hippies.

It’s an superior place for a hike, too. A popular spot to take a look at the sunset is Punta Cometa, solely a 30-minute stroll from metropolis. From there, you might climb down a rocky path to get to a secret spot known as “the jacuzzi,” a most well-liked effervescent swimming hole.

There are a great deal of fascinating points happening in Mazunte on any given day. From yoga programs to shamanic ceremonies and fireplace dances, you’ll uncover each type of esoteric and spiritual decisions. One of many easiest methods to go looking out out what’s taking place there’s to keep up a be careful for flyers posted spherical metropolis.

  • The place to stay: You get a great deal of bang to your buck in Mazunte. For example, you’ll have this entire loft for merely $45 USD a night! There are moreover a great deal of hostels with dorms and private rooms, nevertheless I’ve had good luck on Airbnb. Mazunte’s hospitality is unbelievable!
  • Learn the way to get there: Mazunte is solely an hour south of Puerto Escondido, which has the closest huge airport. I wish to suggest flying into Puerto Escondido after which taking a bus to Mazunte or renting a car. There are ADO buses, nevertheless the smaller combis go away quicker and are merely as cosy.

8. Zipolite, Oaxaca

Let go of your worries at this free-spirited seashore.

Zipolite is Mexico’s solely approved nude seashore. Whether or not or not that’s your issue or not, this carefree metropolis has a chill ambiance good for kicking once more and having enjoyable with the photo voltaic and sea. It’s actually certainly one of my favorite places in Mexico resulting from how open-minded the individuals are there. Being on a nude seashore for the first time was liberating for me, because of truly nobody cares about what you or anybody else seems to be like like. It’s all about feeling good in your pores and pores and skin, absorbing the photo voltaic, and having an excellent wanting time.

Zipolite is solely east of Mazunte; you might merely shuttle between them by the use of taxi or scooter, which I wish to suggest renting should you want to see additional of the beaches in Oaxaca.

Don’t overlook to check out my publish on the whole thing to do in Zipolite sooner than you go!

  • The place to stay: There are lots of backpacker hostels to pick out from, with out having to e book on-line ahead of time. To ensure that you one factor a bit of additional high-end, ponder Hotel Descalzo. There you’ll uncover pretty suites with ocean views and a pool, restaurant, and bar all on-site. Rooms start spherical $100 USD a night, counting on the season.
  • Learn the way to get there: In case you fly into Puerto Escondido, you might merely take an ADO bus or colectivo to Zipolite. Nonetheless, I extraordinarily advocate renting a car and driving alongside the coast, making stops in Mazunte, Zipolite, San Agustinillo, and Puerto Ángel alongside the easiest way. This way, you’ll actually get the most effective of the Oaxacan coast.

9. Huatulco, Oaxaca

Merely east of Mazunte is Huatulco, which is about 20 miles of sandy seashores with 9 bays in entire. The coast is believed for its snug, golden sand and rocky bluffs towering over the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

On this huge area, there are 36 utterly totally different seashores to pick out from, and every has its private character. It might be a disservice to the wonderful thing about Huatulco to determine on just one for this file, so I’m itemizing all of them collectively, with plenty of honorable mentions to my favorites: Playa Arrocito and Cacaluta.

Playa Arrocito is a tranquil patch of sandy seashore capped on every side by cliffs, the very best place to loosen up. You gained’t see many people proper right here and amenities are slim, so ponder packing a picnic and bringing your particular person gear should you want to snorkel.

The similar goes for Cacaluta, which is far more secluded. Really, you could hike by the jungle to get there! From Huatulco coronary heart, take a taxi to the doorway of Cacaluta (it must solely worth about 60 pesos, or $3 USD) and use the indications alongside the easiest way to steer you to the seashore, which is just a few 30-minute hike. There are not any consuming locations or amenities at this seashore, so go prepared! The tranquility and probability of getting the seashore to your self make it worth it, though.

Should you want to stick with the first seashores in Huatulco, you’ll nonetheless have a gorgeous time. Check out this guided tour, which is ready to take you to seven of the realm’s well-known bays!

  • The place to stay: Huatulco is residence to a great deal of big lodges and resorts, so I hottest Airbnb after I visited ultimate yr. There are plenty of moderately priced decisions inside the central area of Playa Santa Cruz, like this whole condo at merely $60 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: Huatulco has its private airport known as Bahías de Huatulco Worldwide Airport, which you will get to from Mexico Metropolis on a connecting flight. From there, you might take a quick taxi to your lodging.

10. Boca del Cielo, Chiapas

View of the lagoon in Boca del Cielo with the mountains inside the background

If you find yourself in Chiapas, you’re in for the journey of a lifetime. Many people who come proper right here generally tend to remain to Palenque and San Cristóbal de las Casas (my residence!) and miss out on the underrated seashores. My favorite is Boca del Cielo, a little bit of slice of heaven that is nonetheless comparatively unknown to worldwide tourism.

What makes Boca del Cielo so explicit is that the seashore is on an isthmus. On one side of it, there’s an infinite saltwater lagoon with mountains inside the background. On the other is the ocean. Which implies that you’ve got the selection of hanging out on the lagoon side or seashore side, which might be solely about 100 meters (330 ft) apart. The lagoon is right for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming. The waves on the seashore side are gentle ample to swim in, plus you might generally see sea turtles being launched into the ocean.

  • The place to stay: There are nonetheless only some places to stay in Boca del Cielo. My go-to is Entremares, a small co-op with a strong dedication to sustainability. They’ve A-frame cabins which may be merely steps from the water, plus you might camp there if you need. There’s even a geodesic dome inside an A-frame that you could be lease for spherical $40 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: It might be tough to get to Boca del Cielo in case you don’t have a car. From San Cristóbal de las Casas, it’s important to take a colectivo to Tonalá by way of Tuxtla. From there, you could inform a taxi driver that you just must go to Boca del Cielo; they’re going to take you to a small spot on the lagoon the place you could take a ship all through. (In case you e book your lodging with Entremares, they offers you an in depth rundown on learn how to get there.)

11. Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo

In case you’ve study our complete guide to Isla Holbox, you perceive that that’s actually certainly one of my favorite seashores in Mexico. The calm, shallow waters on the seashores of Holbox make it an superior place to kayak and paddleboard.

Isla Holbox is an prolonged, skinny island off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, with the ocean on one side and a salty lagoon on the other. It’s certainly one of many most beautiful places in Mexico and certainly one of many excessive places inside the nation to see whale sharks and bioluminescence.

Previous the obvious attractive, white-sand seashores and wildlife sightings, Holbox has plenty of cenotes shut by and even some superior nature preserves. There are fairly just a few excursions on the island that will take you out on the water or to various locations, harking back to Punta Cocos to see the bioluminescent water at evening time.

Holbox is also booming with vacationers plenty of the yr, but it surely certainly has maintained its attract regardless and is a dreamy, vibrant, enchanting place nonetheless. You’ll see that there are many events happening on the island on any given week, and it’s notably pleasing to go to all through carnaval in February to see the enduring parade.

  • The place to stay: For an costly hold, check out Villas Caracol, which is not solely breathtakingly pretty however moreover has breakfast included and a swimming pool. An unimaginable budget-friendly alternative is that this cute rental unit on Airbnb, which has a additional real, native actually really feel.
  • Learn the way to get there: To get to Isla Holbox, you might take a ferry from the port at Chiquilá. In case you’re coming from the Cancún airport, you might each take a taxi or an ADO bus. In case you’re renting a car, there’s a great deal of parking in Chiquilá; it solely costs about $4-5 USD per day to park. Vehicles aren’t allowed on Isla Holbox, so that you just’ll need to depart it behind in Chiquilá.

12. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

You’ll uncover that Cancún didn’t make this file, which isn’t any shade in the direction of the Caribbean scorching spot. Although the seashores there are among the many most visited inside the nation, you’re undoubtedly missing out in case you don’t enterprise to totally different places shut by, like Isla Mujeres. Whereas it’s is booming in popularity, with an growing variety of visitors yearly, it’s not with out trigger that so many must experience its magnificence.

Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres is exactly the kind of seashore you dream of inside the lifeless of winter, everytime you haven’t seen the sunshine in weeks. With its powdery-soft white sand, clear shallow waters, and island breezes, this gorgeous island is like stepping proper right into a postcard.

Even all through peak season, Playa Norte is sufficiently large to grab a quiet spot and loosen up the day away. Get there early inside the morning to profit from the tranquility sooner than totally different beachgoers arrive. Isla Mujeres is a popular kite-surfing trip spot, so you may seemingly get to take a look at them as they fly inside the distance.

  • The place to stay: A sweet issue about Isla Mujeres is that you might discover moderately priced lodging super close to the seashore, like this entire condo for decrease than $50 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: You might get to Isla Mujeres merely by the use of ferry from Cancún’s Puerto Juárez Maritime Terminal, located only some miles north of the Lodge Zone.

13. Xpu-ha, Quintana Roo

You’ve heard all regarding the seashores of Cancún, Tulum, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta. Have you ever ever heard about Xpu-ha, though? This idyllic seashore is doubtless one of many Riviera Maya‘s best saved secrets and techniques and methods, and it’s certainly one of many solely seashores inside the area that isn’t overrun with vacationers all through extreme season.

On any given day all through any season, you’ll uncover locals chilling out on Xpu-ha Seaside and soaking in its magnificence. The ambiance there’s laid-back and often uncrowded, which is a far cry from the busy seashores elsewhere. The powdery, snug sand with cyan-colored water is sweet for a swim, and there are various options to snorkel and dive there as successfully. Pair that with a pair modern fish tacos and a cold beer for the correct beachy afternoon. What additional could a lady ask for?

  • The place to stay: There are lots of nice decisions on Airbnb for places which may be merely steps from the seashore, like this adorable tiny house that is truly correct on the shore.
  • Learn the way to get there: Xpu-ha is very simple to get to from Cancún’s worldwide airport. There are ADO buses that go from Cancún to Tulum, making a stop in Xpu-ha. You’ll be able to too uncover taxis on the airport that will take you straight to your lodging.

14. Mahahual, Quintana Roo

Identical to Xpu-ha, Playa Mahahual is a small seashore village that has principally prevented the mega-tourism of the realm. Seeing a sample however? Usually the most effective seashores aren’t these with the flowery consuming locations and bars correct on them, and I are inclined to favor these which may be frequented by locals and have a additional chill vibe.

Mahahual is solely north of Bacalar and is trendy amongst divers resulting from its unbelievable reefs merely off the shore. Sooner than seashore lodges began to pop up in Mahahual, it was a sleepy fishing village. Really, plenty of the town has retained its genuine attract, and the touristy area is relatively small.

  • The place to stay: Should you want to hold correct on the seashore, it’s attainable to take motion affordably at Noah Beach Hotel & Suites. Rooms fluctuate between $100 and $200 USD per evening time.
  • Learn the way to get there: You might get to Mahahual from Cancún’s worldwide airport, but it surely certainly’s nearer to Chetumal’s nationwide airport. In case you fly into Cancún, you might catch a bus to Mahahual from the ADO terminal.

It’s no marvel why there’s loads overlap between our most beautiful places in Mexico publish and this one. The seashores all by the nation are excellent, and it utterly is sensible that so many people flock to Mexico’s shores yearly. And the variability! There are so many utterly differing types of seashores, each with their very personal aptitude. Whereas just a few of those are big vacationer scorching spots, many are actually hidden gems!

What variety of of these seashores have you ever ever been to? Inform us which ones are your favorites.

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