For some travelers, nothing beats a day at the beach and Mexico is home to some of the best beaches in the world! Here’s a roundup of the top five trending beach vacation destinations in Mexico for this year, along with some insider tips on the best times to travel, where to stay and what to do.
Although it’s often thought of as a top spring break party destination, the thriving city of Cancun is actually a beautifully-developed year-round resort town with an exhaustive list of things to do for travelers of all ages and interests. Situated on the northeastern shore of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Mexican Caribbean Sea, Cancun is known for its soft, white-sand beaches, warm tropical breezes and ultra-modern hotels. Of course, there is an endless array of water sports to enjoy, along with world-class dining and shopping.
“The lowest air fares from the U.S. to Cancun are for travel in September”, Expedia reveals. “Consider booking a catamaran ride to the laid-back nearby Isla Mujeres, or enjoy an exhilarating dolphin encounter”.
Stretching more than 80 miles south from Cancun along the Caribbean coastline, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is often touted as having the best beaches in the world and offers easy access to ancient Mayan ruins, cool freshwater cenotes and the world’s second-largest barrier reef. The picturesque Mayan coast is dotted with luxurious boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts and a wide range of other vacation home rentals, and is home to the charming towns of Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.
“We suggest flying into the Riviera Maya in August to find the best deals”, Expedia shared. “Take a tour to the Chichen Itza pyramids or cool off with a swim in the underground river at Xcaret Park".
Situated at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the area known collectively as “Los Cabos” is actually comprised of the two neighboring towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This region is home to the world-famous natural rock formation known as El Arco, and boasts fabulous weather all year long, with an average of 320 days of sunshine every year. Cabo also offers many amazing shopping and dining options, along with gorgeous beaches and an extensive list of sport fishing, water sports and other activities, including exciting excursions into the surrounding arid Baja desert region.
“Airfare to Los Cabos is lowest in September”, Expedia stated. “We also recommend booking a glass-bottomed kayak excursion to explore the waters around the Arch, or taking a camel safari into the desert”.
First made famous by the now-classic movie “Night of the Iguana” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Puerto Vallarta is also located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, less than three hours south of Cabo by plane. Since its humble origins, Puerto Vallarta has evolved into one of Mexico’s premier resort towns, with a scenic old town that has many historical landmarks and traditional architecture, as well as a large variety of new hotels and resorts in the newer parts of town, and a vibrant, exciting culinary scene.
“Puerto Vallarta’s west coast location has a very low risk of hurricanes and September is the best month to go, with airfares at a low point”, wrote Expedia. “For activities, favorites include a jungle canopy tour with ziplining and a speedboat ride, as well as a guided city tour that includes lunch and tequila tasting”.
Last but definitely not least, the island of Cozumel is a short ferry boat ride from downtown Playa del Carmen in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, just below Cancun off the Yucatan Peninsula coast. Another classic resort town with pristine white-sand beaches and beautiful modern hotels, Cozumel is also a diver’s dream, offering easy access to the world’s second largest barrier reef, with countless sea caves and underwater sinkholes to explore.
“Flying to Cozumel in August is the least expensive time of year”, shared Expedia. “The snorkeling tours are incredible and Cozumel has ample opportunities to explore Mexican history and cultural heritage, including the native and colonial culture of civilizations in this part of the world”.
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Want to see more of Mexico’s top beach destinations? Check out Cozumel, Isla Mujeres or Holbox: Best Yucatan Peninsula Beaches!