Mexico Beaches
On Both Oceans


Mexico Beaches are part of the Mexican culture. The beautiful beaches surround the country on two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. On both sides Mexico offers hundreds of beaches resorts and this is the reason of their well developed Tourism Industry.

With close to 10,000 Km of coastline, Mexico offers beaches for any taste or request. If you want to take your family, if you go on a honeymoon, if you want to do some water sports, Mexico is the country to visit.




Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur, Mexico


Beaches on Mexican Pacific from North to South

The Mexican Pacific coast goes from Baja California on the US-Mexico Border to Chiapas on the border with Guatemala. It is so long that the beaches go from sub-tropical to tropical as we move south.

Mexico's  Pacific coast runs from Baja California to Chiapas. As we move south they are Loreto, La Paz, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Huatulco, Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido.

  • Loreto – Northwest of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez, it features excellent beaches and crystal clear waters. It has five offshore islands great for water sports like fishing and all kind of Eco-Tourism.

  • La Paz – This the capital of Mexican State Baja California Sur keeps its colonial charm and has great Hotels and lots of amenities like water sports.

  • Los Cabos – Cabo San Lucas Beaches are at the very end of the Baja California peninsula separated from the mainland by the Sea of Cortez. The area is great for divers, golfers and especially for sport fishing.

  • San Felipe – This small village on the Sea of Cortez is emerging as one of Mexico’s fastest growing tourist areas. Many foreigners have their vacation home here.

  • San Jose del Cabo – Near Cabo San Lucas is full of nice stores, restaurants and cafes, besides having some great beaches to enjoy.


Puerto Vallarta is for Fun and Sun south of the border

Puerto Vallarta is for Fun and Sun south of the border


Mexico Beaches on the Pacific

  • Mazatlán – On the mainland Pacific coast is a party town for young visitors. Compared to toher resort areas this one is less expensive than others much more developed and world renowned.

    Mazatlan Beaches feature good hotels, great sand and clear waters and lots of entertainment like golf, fishing and many water sports.

  • Punta de Mita – Before arriving to famous Puerto Vallarta you will find this relatively new resort area. It features great golf courses and fine accommodation. It is becoming popular for owning luxurious home.

  • Puerto Vallarta – This is by far one of the most famous areas of Mexican Pacific with direct flights from may USA cities and of course all of Mexico. It features colonial cobbled streets to keep the old charm with an easy going feel.

  • Manzanillo – This is a busy port on the Pacific, and despite of this it keeps the old quiet charm of a Mexican town. The beaches are located on the Santiago Peninsula.


Mexico Beaches

Acapulco has been the Mecca of Mexico Beaches

Acapulco has been the Mecca of Mexico Beaches

Mexico's Southern Pacific

  • Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo - These are actually two towns about 6 Km away from each other. Their character is different.  Ixtapa is the modern Mexican resort with lots of deluxe accommodation and services, while Zihuatanejo keeps it rustic typical Mexican fishing village look.

  • Acapulco Beaches - Lovely Acapulco is called the “Pearl of the Pacific” it has been for years the meeting place of the Rich and famous. The beaches are not the best of the world, but the charm felt in Acapulco is unique and it keeps attracting tourists from the rest of the country and the rest of the world.
  • Huatulco – This is an area of nine bays called the Bays of Huatulco with incredible powdered sand and crystal clear waters. It is located on the far south of Mexico in the picturesque State of Oaxaca.
  • Puerto Angel – This is a small fishing village midway between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. It is a magical bay surrounded by steep hills. The beach is well protected from waves and therefore very good for swimming.  It is surrounded by lush vegetation.
  • Puerto Escondido – This is an authentic Mexican coastal town and very much visited by surfers from all over the world.


For more information visit Mexico Tourism Website


Kite-boarding on the beaches of Tampico, Mexico

Kite-boarding on the beaches of Tampico, Mexico


Mexico Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico

This area goes from Tamaulipas bordering Brownsville and Mc Allen, Texas to the Yucatan Peninsula.



  • Tampico – Tampico is an important port but besides that you may enjoy some fine beaches of golden sands with the constant breeze of the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Veracruz – This is the most important port of the Mexican Atlantic reach. It has been for ages the entrance to Mexico even before the upcoming of air travel. It has a Caribbean Feel. When I first came to Mexico from Cuba, it brought a lot of nostalgia, because the weather and even the slang of the people reminded me of my birthplace.

    Some of the beaches we will talk in detail are: The beaches along the famous Boulevard Manuel Avila Camacho, Boca del Rio about 15 minutes from the city;  Mocambo a few Km south and a few others like Anton Lizardo, Isla de Sacrificios and Playa Chacalacas

  • Campeche - The city of Campeche is on the large coast of the State of Campeche I features great beaches like Playa Bonita.   Located near downtown Campeche, it is a public beach with many services and of course a great temperature all year round. Other beaches are Sihoplaya, and Seybaplaya.
  • Progreso – This is typical beach town. It is located north of Merida; Yucatan features beautiful beaches, some of them in their original state. Many of Merida’s residents have their vacation homes here. It is also a stop of many of the Top Cruise Lines visiting the Western Caribbean.


Pristine Beaches in Cancun, Mexico

Pristine Beaches in Cancun, Mexico


Mexico Beaches in the Caribbean

In my opinion the Mayan Riviera Mexico has become number one for visitors From Eastern USA and the rest of the American continent as well as for many Europeans.

  • Cancun – This is Mexico's most visited and most luxurious resort. Over 2 million people flock here annually.  It offers everything for the real Caribbean Beach Vacation. In the last 40 years since its beginnings Cancun has become the “Mecca” of Mexico’s tourism with lots of nightlife, water sports, restaurants and cafes and above all incredibly amazing beaches.
  • Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women across from Cancun is more laid back and rustic. Tourists come here for snorkeling and scuba diving and white sands accompanied by crystal blue waters.

  • Cozumel – This is the biggest Mexico’s Caribbean Island with great beaches and surrounded by coral reefs waiting for you on your scuba diving adventure. It is a must stop for all cruise lines on their Western Caribbean itineraries. You arrive to Cozumel and enjoy their beaches or you may take the ferry and hop to the mainland for an infinite number of activities.



Puerto Morelos on the Mayan Riviera is a paradise

Puerto Morelos on the Mayan Riviera is a paradise


Mexico Beaches on the Mayan Riviera

  • Puerto Morelos – It is located 20 Km south of Cancun. Besides being still a tranquil fishing village it has many resorts offering beach and water sports.  It's the ideal location for those who want a quiet beach vacation away from Cancun.

  • Playa del Carmen Mexico – It has developed beyond any of the original plans. It is a lively city with lots of action and at any given time full of tourist from all over including North America and Europe. Playa del Carmen has developed as the center of the area, an hour south from Cancun. It features great beaches and is also the port for the ferry going to Cozumel.
  • Tulum – The famous Mayan Ruins of Tulum, has nearby some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever see. Unspoiled and underdeveloped offering white sands and clear waters for your delight

In summary we can say that Mexico’s Beaches are some of the Best beaches in the world.


The ruins of Tulum next to a spectacular beach

The ruins of Tulum next to a spectacular beach


Credits for images on mexico beaches

mex morelos beach    laurie button    2-Mar-07
mex tulum 2    mundaigas danys    17-Mar-09
acapulco bay    n/a    n/a
mex cabo san lucas    stan shebs    n/a

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