Where to swim in Mexico? The best beaches in the country

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Du Pacific side, its rollers are appreciated by all lovers of extreme sports or simply surfing. Atlantic coast, it is much calmer waves that come to caress the white sand beaches, whether near the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico. Discover the most beautiful beaches where it is good to swim in Mexico!

The islands and beaches of the Caribbean

With a water temperature often approaching 25 ° C, a turquoise blue for all horizons and a soft sand on which to sunbathe ... the Caribbean beaches are among the most popular for swimming in Mexico, especially those of Cancún and Carmen.

Cancun beaches

Cancún is a city in Mexico famous for its beaches. Langosta Beach is the closest beach to most hotels, and also the starting point for Playa del Carmen. Just as close, Tortugas Beach is more like Caracol Beach are more family-friendly beaches with shallow water. To enjoy a magnificent view of Cancún, it would be better to go to Ballenas Beach. Finally, if you are a surf enthusiast, Dolphin beach magnificent turquoise waves bordered by white sand will unfold before your eyes.

Playa Delfines in Cancun

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a booming destination which now fights on an equal footing with its neighbor Cancún. This town in the Riviera Maya offers magnificent sandy beaches, as well as ecotourism parks such as Xcaret or Xel-hà. Here, masks and snorkels are recommended to navigate among tropical fish. About twenty kilometers further south, you can also go to Xpu-Ha beach. Family beach par excellence, it is a beautiful place to swim in Mexico and enjoy a little more calm than in Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen

Isla Mujeres

Mujeres Island is 14 kilometers from Cancún. With a maximum length of 8 km, it is one of the most attractive places on the Yucatan Peninsula. This island is home to a natural park, a Mayan temple as well as magnificent beaches, probably the most beautiful in the Cancún region. North Beach is also considered the most beautiful beach in Mexico according to travelers.

Isla Mujeres

The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico

North of the Yucatan Peninsula, the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico offer calm and pleasant waters, far from the hustle and bustle of the southern beaches. Discover the beaches of Campeche, Veracruz and Tampico.

The beaches of Campeche

Campeche is a great destination for swimming in Mexico! Especially if you want to sunbathe and bathe in calm waters, sheltered from sea currents and wind. All around Campeche are magnificent beaches such as the Punta Seybaplaya, known for its fine cuisine based on fish and seafood. The beaches of Sabancuy are relatively uncrowded and will be more popular with families or couples.

Note that Campeche is a city classified by UNESCO because of its fortifications, unique in Mexico.

Beach in Campeche

The beaches of Veracruz

Veracruz is an endearing town where you can visit a 17th century cathedral. The port of Veracruz is protected by a reef system one of the most important in Mexico. All around are beaches bordered by calm waters, with very few waves. A little further, for those who prefer to practice sport, the Boca del Rio and the Mocambo offer many activities. To Anton Lizardo, rent a boat and dive into the heart of magnificent seascapes.

Mouth of the river

The beaches of Tampico

Historic city resembling New Orleans in its architecture, Tampico now has one of the largest ports in the country. You will also find beautiful beaches with calm waters. The most famous is Miramar Beach, outside of town. Fine white sand, transparent water… everything is there for a dream day! Many water sports are also offered on this spot, for lovers of skiing and thrills. And if you are fond of fishing, you will find what you are looking for in Tampico! Between the sea, the rivers and the lagoons, there is something to enjoy nature.

Miramar Beach

Pacific beaches

All year round, the extremely mild climate allows you to enjoy the beaches of the Pacific. The latter are characterized by larger beaches than in the East and a practice of more extreme sports: surfing, jet skiing and diving are just some of the many activities on offer on this side of Mexico, on the beaches of Acapulco, Manzanillo or Mazunte.

The beaches of Acapulco

Acapulco has about twenty kilometers of beaches between Barra Vieja and Pie de la Cuesta. Some pretty beaches are worth mentioning as La Caleta and Caletilla or encore Condesa beach. At last, Revolcadero beach is the most popular of Acapulco's beaches, with many possible water activities. Beware of the currents which can be strong in places, especially if you are going there with your family.


The beaches of Manzanillo

La Pena Blanca or Playa de Oro are two beaches in Manzanillo that are relatively uncrowded compared to all their neighbors. It is possible to take boat trips to observe coral reefs, but you can also just stay on dry land and enjoy prawns. Finally, if you prefer a fully equipped beach for surfing or stand-up paddle boarding, Barra de Navidad beach is more for you. It is located in a small typical fishing village where you will admire sublime sunsets.

Beach in Manzanillo

The beaches of Mazunte

Until recently, Mazunte's main resource was trading in turtles and selling their eggs. Today, the turtle is a protected species and the inhabitants now show travelers how they repopulate the species. Moreover, you can easily observe an exceptional marine fauna: tropical fish, sea turtles, but also offshore dolphins and humpback whales. And why not swim with them in Mexican waters!


We go to the beach !

Whether you are spending your stay in the Gulf of Mexico, near the Caribbean Sea or on the Pacific side ... swimming in Mexico is always fabulous. Besides, what is your favorite beach in Mexico?

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