Mexican beaches are gorgeous, but Cancun and the Mayan Riviera are not the only beaches that make up the 5,7000 miles that the Mexican shoreline is made up of.  Nope, there are plenty of other picturesque sands that many have not heard of where you can relax in your hammock and hear the sounds of the waves, not the sound of college students on spring break. So let’s explore five gorgeous Mexican beaches you’ve probably never heard of…

Rincón de Guayabitos


If you want to explore California’s largest bay and beautiful beach area and still be in Mexico, this quaint town on the Sea of Cortes can make that happen. The water off these beaches is warm and calm, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Kayaking is also a popular activity, and a great way to explore the bay.

Isla Holbox

You’ll be surprised to know this island retreat is only 100 miles from Cancun, but feels like it’s in a complete other world. No high-rise hotels can be found here; instead you’ll discover all types of rustic nature along the island’s gorgeous beaches, perfect for getting away from the stresses of modern living. This island is the place to be if you’re looking to get in touch with your natural side. You can experience the thrill of swimming with whale sharks and explore over 100 different species of birds, including flamingos, all within the 26 mile long island. The Gulf of Mexico water is not as blue as the Caribbean side but the tranquillity and peacefulness will all be worth it.  A boat ride from Cancun will bring you to the island.

Rincon de Guayabitos

Celebrities have already discovered the luxurious Punta Mita but if you keep going a little farther North you will find the unspoiled shores of Rincon de Guayabitos. Soft golden sand and calm waves make this a perfect spot for families with young children. Many of the locals also come here on the weekends and holidays but you can rarely find it overcrowded. From August-November you’ll find this beach paradise all to yourself, especially during the weekdays.


This is the most southerly village on Mexico’s Costa Maya. The small village lies within the Xcalak National Reef Park, at the centre of the Great Maya Reef. You’ll find incredible diving sites, snorkelling, fly fishing and deep sea fishing here, or you can just find a spot on the gorgeous beach and enjoy the gentle sound of the waves.

San Agustinillo

This fishing village is located in the state of Oaxaca, where you can find plenty of gorgeous beaches unspoiled by crowded development. The more well-known beaches close by, Zipolite and Mazunte, cannot compare to the golden sand and crystal-clear waters that are filled with a variety of sea life. There are even some small hotels you can board in the town so you do not have to travel out of the way to get here.

Photos courtesy of Cesar Rincon & Jaec

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he works on his own lifestyle publication, Plum Deluxe.

Posted : Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 11:00
Category : Spotlight
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