Best Mexico Beaches
And Waterfront Destinations!

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By: Al Hermkens, B.W.D.: November 5,2019

Beautiful Mexico beaches are the leading tourist destinations for North Americans due to their all inclusive beach resorts and Mexico's status as one of 18 megadiverse countries in the world! Either the East coast or the West coast of Mexico offer beautiful public beaches with fantastic hotels. Best Waterfront Destinations focuses on Mexico's best beaches along with the best Mexico beach hotels with spa.

Scuba diving is amongst the best in the world. Water activities such as surfing, parasailing or just relaxing on white sand beaches are just the beginning of your beach vacation in Mexico.

With its joyous music and margaritas you cannot help but have a good time! So consider Mexico's premier waterfront destinations for your next beach vacation and much more!

Related Pages: Cancun, Cozumel,  Mazatlan, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Riviera Maya

• Best Mexico Beaches, Cancun •

Cancun is a coastal resort city along the Mexican Caribbean, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Of all Mexico beaches, Cancun's beaches are the most popular.

A wide variety of Cancun tourist attractions and things to do await you here making this one of the busiest Mexico beach vacation destinations!

There are many family oriented attractions such as: 

Swimming with dolphins in CancunSwimming with dolphins!

• Adventure & Ecotourism Tours

• Ecological Theme Parks

• Swim with Dolphins

• Nature Reserves and Protected Areas

• Aquariums

• Isla Mujeres – Isla Contoy – Isla Holbox

• Find out more about Cancun beaches here.

* Cancun is an extremely popular spring break vacation spot! *

• Best Mexico Beaches, Mazatlan •

The popular Malecon in MazatlanThe Malecon or Mazatlan Boulevard

Mazatlan offers over 20 Kms. or 12 miles of beautiful beaches. The best Mazatlan beaches vary in their appeal and offer plenty of activities to keep things exciting.

Mazatlan beaches offer some good surfing for those who love to ride the waves. Great for long romantic walks, the beaches are always best but you will also find the Malecon or Mazatlan Promenade very enjoyable. The Mazatlan Malecon is about 5 Km. or 3 miles long. It is the longest in all of Mexico! Find out more about Mazatlan Beaches here!

• Best Mexico Beaches, Puerto Vallarta •

Puerto Vallarta BeachesPuerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta's surrounding hillside provides a lush green tropical paradise (as can be seen from the photo). Puerto Vallarta and surrounding area has 25 miles or 40Kms. of beautiful, golden, Mexico beaches. You will find calmer beaches in the southern part or Puerto Vallarta. If you are interested in surfing then you will want to head a bit to the North end of Puerto Vallarta's beaches.

From local haunts to Five star beach resorts and gourmet restaurants this beach resort town can satisfy most tourists.

Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, the Malecon boardwalk passes by great shops, restaurants, and waterfront hotels. It may even have street performers to entertain you! Be generous if you are going to enjoy the show!

• Best Mexico Beaches  
• Los Cabos or Cabo San Lucas •

Lover's Beach, Cabo San LucasFamous Lover's Beach in Cabo

Located at the tip of the Baja California Sur where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific ocean meet. Los Cabos is composed of three areas. San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos Corridor and Cabo San Lucas. The small but world renowned Sea of Cortez was referred as "the world's aquarium" by the late underwater sea explorer Jacques Cousteau. With hundreds of species of marine life, it is truly a scuba diver's dream come true. The Sea of Cortez is also known as a Marlin fishing destination with its Marlin tournament fishing derby.

San Jose del Cabo has kept some of the old Mexico charm but also has some beautiful new resorts.

Along the Los Cabos Corridor are also some of North America's superb golf courses! Here are three you may want to look into. Cabo Real Golf Club, Cabo San Lucas Country Club and the Eldorado Golf Club!

Cabo San Lucas of Mexico offers some of the best beaches, beach activities, scuba diving, fishing as well as fabulous waterfront resorts with spa!

• Best Mexico Beaches, Acapulco •

Cliff divers in Acapulco.Cliff Diver

This is where Mexico began as a beach vacation destination. In its early days it was the destination of millionaires and movie stars! It is the oldest of the Mexico beach resort destinations and is still vibrant! Dinner in the middle of the night and dance till dawn is the norm in this fun filled city (most night clubs do not open till late in the evening). To confirm that this city still has what it takes to impress tourists with the finer things in life, it is still a luxury liner stop from November to April.

Acapulco is known for the La Quebrada Cliff Divers. Professional divers (as can be seen from the picture) diving from height of up to fourty meters (130 feet) into a pool that is only seven meters (22 feet) wide by four meters (13 feet) deep!

Numerous Mexico beaches are located in Acapulco Bay and adjoining coastline. These Acapulco Mexico beaches offer a variety of tourist entertainment as well! Choose from boat tours, horseback riding, deep sea fishing or other aquatic endeavors.

Although in recent years this Mexico beach vacation destination has suffered from poor publicity, a seasoned tourist taking recommended precautions could enjoy their beach vacation here.

The southern part of Acapulco is filled with newer hotels. It is far more dedicated to tourism and is a favourite for tourists visiting this part of Mexico. Here are some of the best beach hotels in Acapulco

Princess Mundo Imperial

Princess Mundo ImperialPrincess Mundo Imperial

Built to resemble an Aztec Pyramid and with more than a thousand rooms, this is a spectacular waterfront resort hotel! Landscaped gardens and golf course are beautifully kept! Even the fussiest of guests would be hard pressed not to be impressed!! Enjoy the Spa while visiting this beautiful resort.

Families may also enjoy the Emporio Acapulco Hotel. This Acapulco beach hotel offers a great location, kids club, beach and spa. Something for everyone!

• Best Mexico Beaches, Cozumel •

Snorkeling and scuba diving in CozumelSnorkelling in Cozumel!

Cozumel beaches and shores are not only some of Mexico's best, but they also offer a veritable snorkeling and scuba diving paradise. In the early 1960's French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau stated that this island was one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas in Mexico and the world!

Cozumel Reefs National Park is a protected 30,000 acre oceanic park covering nearly 85 percent of this beautiful island's dive sites! Regulations forbid anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries. The beautiful clear water (depending on season) allows divers visibility of up to and amazing 200 feet!

Much of Cozumel businesses cater to underwater sea exploration and respect its importance to the economy of this small island which at its highest point is only 15 metres above sea level.

Also popular among the most experience of divers are cenotes or underwater caves. Cozumel allows only the most experienced of divers to explore these wondrous caves due to possible dangers.

The best Cozumel beaches to relax and enjoy all types of water activities at are

Palancar Beach or Playa Palancar
Isla de Pasion or Passion Island
Chankanaab Park or Lagoon and Beach
Playa San Francisco or San Francisco Beach
Paradise Beach or Playa Paraíso

If you are now interested in going on a waterfront vacation in Cozumel you may want to visit our Cozumel waterfront hotels with spa page!

• Best Mexico Beaches 
• Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen •

Located approximately 70 Km. south of Cancun and 20 Km. West of Cozumel is the fabulous resort town of Playa del Carmen in the centre of the Riviera Maya or Mayan Riviera! Playa del Carmen is famous for its beautiful beaches , all-inclusive resorts, fine dining on or near the beaches. Luxury villas, deluxe yacht charters are readily available making this a very popular area for those wanting more private accommodations in waterfront tourist destination.

As in Cancun and Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya offer superb Mexico beaches and is a superb waterfront destination for snorkelers and scuba divers! Made famous by the legendary Jacques Cousteau, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the second largest in the world (second only to the Great Barrier Reef located in the Coral Sea near Australia)! Swimming in cenotes is also popular in this area. Privately owned water theme parks are also popular with tourists and provide great family activities such as swimming with dolphins and more! Here are the best things to do in Playa del Carmen.

Imagine yourself also enjoying other activities as horseback riding, jet skiing, and if you are not too scared…. zip-lining! For those who are also interested in archeology there will be plenty to keep you in awe! Check out the Mayan ruins with a professional guide!

If you are looking for one of the best Playa del Carmen waterfront resorts, may we suggest the Fairmont Mayakoba with its 240 acre gated community and very own Greg Norman designed golf course!

The 20,000 sq. ft. Willow Stream Spa will renew and refresh your senses. Not to mention the five swimming pools throughout the property including a 10,000 square foot free-form pool and waterslide, a children's play pool, and an adults-only infinity edge pool overlooking the lagoon.
Here are more of the best rated waterfront hotels and resorts in Playa del Carmen.

We, at, sincerely hope you have found this information on Mexico beaches to be of great benefit in planning your next Mexico beach vacation!