What are you really moving to Mexico for? For most people, the short answer is pretty possible: the beach. And for good reason-Mexico contains within its 5,800 miles of coastline offering all sorts of dreamy beach fun. In case you’re looking for a remote strip of sand with little mass and the least amount of clothing, there’s plenty to go around. But the trade-off with these radar-hidden Mexican beaches is that they often lack specific amenities (not to mention luxury) and are far from big airports, which costs you valuable days of entertainment in transportation.
Some of Mexico’s best beach communities dot both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and not only have idyllic coastlines, but also upscale hotels, bars and restaurants. These are the beaches that put Mexico on the tourist map-choose any of them for a carefree trip to dreamland on the beach.
Ah, Cancun, Mexico’s best beach town. Believe it or not, Cancun was designed that way; until 1970, this portion of the Yucatan Peninsula was a raw, pristine beach surrounded by hundreds of miles of rainforests and mangroves. In the ’70s, Mexico began a plan for the Cancun resort by building hotels and tourist establishments that would stretch 93 miles along the Caribbean Sea.
And it worked. Now Cancun is considered one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. It is Mexico’s 2nd most important airport, receiving the largest number of international passengers in the country, just minutes away from the 187 hotels in Cancun with more than 35,500 rooms.
The bulk of people visiting Cancun tend to stay at one of the countless all-inclusive resorts along the coast, but lately travelers have been expanding their horizons to see what else the area has to offer, from nearby islands such as Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox, to Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, to small coastal communities such as Puerto Morelos. But Cancun itself is certainly popular for its vastly distributed hotel services, famous tourist restaurants, bars, clubs and, of course, a strip of white sand as far as the eye can see.
Everyone understands about Cosumel, but there are actually a number of islands in Mexico in the Caribbean Sea. One of the most beautiful spaces that should definitely be on your tourist radar is the Holbox Peninsula, located off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. This tiny, car-free island can only be reached with a quick boat transfer from Chiquila. Once you reach the coast, you disappear in Robinson Crusoe mode.
Known among yogis, tourists and Mexican tourists, this slice of Caribbean paradise contains hotel rooms for most budgets (everything from tourist-friendly to small luxury boutiques) and restaurants serving ultra-fresh seafood and sweet cocktails with topical music. It’s also one of the best places in Mexico to swim with whale sharks – a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Mexico that you certainly can’t miss.
Playa del Carmen
Subsequently Cancun was “Cancun,” and before Tulum was “Tulum,” was Playa del Carmen. 2 decades back Playa del Carmen was just another sleepy fishing village on the Yucatan, not far from the coast of Cancun. But that idyllic life was short-lived, once visitors began migrating south to discover for themselves white beaches, turquoise waters and unusual seaside palapa huts serving brisk ceviches and cool cervezas.
Long ago, there were eras of cheap beach life in Playa del Carmen; now it’s one of the largest settlements on the Yucatan. But with this tourist infrastructure comes the convenience and richness that people find in moderate beach fun. Wander down the famous 5th Avenue with its 24/7 energy. By day, kick back in a bikini at one of the seemingly long beach bars, but at night, slip into something less comfortable and sip upscale cocktails at rooftop hotels like the Thompson Boutique Hotel or Live Aqua. Bring your own South American bucks, and there are plenty of them-there are still plenty of spaces where you can get tacos on the cheap, but you’ll need to return to the city streets to do so.