Mexico is fondly thought of as a stunning beach destination, with the prominent beaches of Cancun, Tulum and Riviera Maya so often the choice of the country's visitors. However, in truth, it's impossible to make a generalisation Mexican beaches, as each is different from the others offering their own unique combination of sun, sea, sand and more! Here, we showcase a selection of our favourite "lesser-known" Mexican beaches, that are sure to turn your head.
Beginning in the southern state of Oaxaca, which is home to a alluring coastline and the beaches of Puerto Escondido. A true surfers' paradise, this is the place to come for waves - big waves. Hone your own surfboarding skills, admire those of others or simply take in the Bohemian atmosphere around the place. "Puerto" arguably has the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Oaxaca, including its most popular one: Zicatela.
Zicatela beach is a favoured hotspot of the locals and as such has seen bars and restaurants open up nearby (with seafood proving to be a speciality), meaning that Puerto Escondido has developed an appealing nightlife that plays a supporting role to the ever-popular beach. "Puerto" isn't all about surfing and nightlife though. It is still very much a place to relax and unwind too, with Zihuatanejo (also known as Zihua) providing a perfect Pacific paradise to be relished. Formerly a sleepy fishing village, Zihua has maintained it's historic charm over the years and is fondly remembered by film fans as the beach that Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman escaped to to live out the simple life in The Shawshank Redemption.
Staying south, Huatulco is home to 36 beaches and nine bays which attracted pirates in the past and plenty of holidaymakers over the years too. The most famous coastlines of Oaxaca belong here and prove to be popular with families thanks to the relaxed atmosphere of the beaches here. This is typified by the relatively small plaza here, which is a decadent spot to simply sit, stare and watch as the world goes by.
As you may already be thinking, quiet and relaxing isn't necessarily appealing for kids, which is true. Though Huatulco is also a place for adventure and discovery which the whole family will find to be of interest. It's national park is a protected area, ideal for hiking amidst stunning scenery, from which you will unearth some stunning, panoramic views. The area also has a very rich history, much of which is centered around the aforementioned pirate invasions, as well as War of Independence uprisings - more than enough to capture the imagination of those who visit.
Los Cabos should be your choice if it's luxury and versatility that you're after. In Baja California Sur, you'll find the vastly different San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas (or together, Los Cabos!) with each side offering it's own, equally appealing experience. San Jose boasts a string of luxury hotels with equally luxurious spas, picturesque golf courses and entrancing seascapes which are home to humpback whales who might just say hello! Here, you'll also notice a bias towards organic foods and an intriguing cultural scene to be enjoyed through it's galleries.
Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, offers a livelier experience with a vibrant nightlife and fabulous dining opportunities ready to make each night spent here a memorable one. By day, take in some rays on the soft sands or cool off and take the plunge by getting involved in thrilling watersports for a more adventurous day in the Mexico heat. When combined, Los Cabos makes for a fulfilling destination, one which has something to satisfy everyone.
For a more exclusive taste of luxury though, Puerto Vallarta will be the place for you. Undoubtedly one of the most stunning beaches on the Pacific has brought with it a reputation that has been adopted by the rest of the area. Today, it is a place where the modern and the traditional co-exist, making for a cultural scene that can appeal to all, offering rich history and a certain artistic ambience which resonates that of a big city.
Widely known for having one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet, Puerto Vallarta has seen large hotels combine with some of it's most popular beaches, yet this certainly hasn't detracted from the beaches themselves. Instead, it has installed a sense of quality and appreciation. This is particularly the case with Punta Mita, which is an impossibly peaceful stretch of beach, flanked by hotels. The nearby Riviera Nayarit also stakes a claim on the relaxing front, whilst also providing superb surfing conditions, as does the Sayulita which is a quiet and quaint village, gaining popularity as an escapist's dream.
Last, but not least, Acapulco is most certainly still relevant as a Mexican beach destination, despite not reaching the same heights of popularity that it has enjoyed historically. Indeed, this prior popularity has left its mark on the area, meaning that you'll find notable "throwbacks" to times as far back as the 50s here. Visitors here can still witness the shiny appeal from its infancy in the 50s and the 70s nightlife and discotheques from its wilder days as a 20-something.
Today, Acapulco still showcases its past, but is most certainly living in the present. The appealing Quebrada is one of Mexico's trendiest locations, with it's daring cliff divers making a name for the ravines. Acapulco incorporates more traditional beaches (including some of the country's largest and most notable) and combines them with signs of modernity. From international cuisine, to quirkier hotels and sports and activities aplenty, Acapulco is somewhere that appreciates modern culture and now embraces it.
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