best beaches in mexicoFor your next beach trip, skip the same old destinations in favor of an exotic trip to Mexico. Combine your sunbathing and snorkeling with sampling local cuisine and tequila, and all your worries from home will seem like a distant memory. While every traveler has their own opinion on the best beaches in Mexico, some names are constantly at the top of the list including Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, and Cancun. Whether you’re looking for a vacation rental where you have easy access to nightlife, or something quiet where you can seriously relax, you will find a perfect match along the shores of Mexico. These beaches are also the perfect place to try something new, so get ready to take your first surf lesson or finally earn that scuba certification!

Baja

The peninsula of Baja might be long and narrow, but offers some of the best beaches in Mexico. From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, this area of Mexico is a favorite for many travelers. Beyond the incredible vacation rentals (many of which are complete with private outdoor pools), there is a variety of entertainment including championship golf courses, every water sport imaginable, and great dining. Luxurious rentals have extra touches like outdoor showers, chef’s kitchens, and hot tubs. This is exactly the type of relaxing environment that you crave.

The Mexican Riviera

Further south from Baja is the Mexican Riviera. This stretch of coastline is also home to famous beaches including Acapulco, Guadalajara, Manzanillo, and more. If you like your beaches to be white sand, long, and a little slice of heaven, this is the place to go in Mexico for you. Here you will find less of a California or American influence, and more authentic culture. This region is also known for its fantastic food, so be sure to leave your vacation rental once in a while to sample local cuisine. Don't forget about water sports as well, popular activities here include snorkeling, fishing, and boating.

The Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

On the opposite coast of Mexico is another famous destination for beach bums. The Yucatan Peninsula, or Mayan Riviera, offers powdery beaches and a reputation for nightlife. From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, you will find beach bars that are ready to share their local love of tequila. Other popular activities here include boating, fishing, snorkeling, and exploring local historic sites. If you’re interested in ancient civilizations, you will be able to take a break from sunbathing here to learn about a little history. Gain another perspective on the Mayan Riviera by renting a boat for a day.

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Banderas Bay

For some travelers, one place tops all of the other best beaches in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta. This beach destination offers everything you could want from a Mexican getaway: excellent cuisine, good shopping, sandy beaches, water sports, and beautiful rentals. Waking up in the morning with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean is a fabulous way to start your day. Odds are you won’t want to go home when the time comes!

South East Mexico

If you’re the type of traveler that likes to make new discoveries and explore a place before the crowds, head to south east Mexico. This region is home to a variety of incredible ocean front rentals in Oaxaca that will deliver a slice of Mexican heaven. Look for rentals that also have private pools for the day when you’re just too lazy to make it to the beach. Kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling can fill your day, or simply relax with a good novel and your toes dug deep in the sand. Colorful coral reefs are a favorite here for those travelers with their scuba certification.