Mexico is home to many popular beaches including the beaches of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. While these locations attract millions of tourists each year, there are a number of other beaches (some just as popular, some less so) that offers water sports, swimming and sunbathing as well as boating and sailing.
Popular Beach Locations
Visit the beaches of Cancun to enjoy days of parasailing, surfing, snorkeling as well as other water sports. Because tourists flock to Cancun all year round, many luxury restaurants and high-rise hotels are located in the Hotel Zone, a strip of land in close proximity to the shoreline. Hire a sailing boat or speed boat and enjoy an aquatic adventure around the islands and islets of Cancun. Adults can enjoy topless swimming and sunbathing along the Mayan Rivera; however, full nudity is banned. While in Cancun, head to the Laguna Nichupte, a vast lagoon which is home to hundreds of marinas, waterfront restaurants, shopping malls, a couple of golf courses, a few islands and inlets, according to Cancun.com.
Low Key Beach Locations
Visit a small beach town to enjoy a low key vacation. Known for its pristine beaches, Las Animas and Yelapa, located on the outskirts of Peurta Vallarta, can be accessed by boat and are great for travelers who want to snorkel or sunbathe. Other tranquil beach destinations include the beaches near Zihuatanejo, located in Guerrero, Mexico and Playa las Gatas (or Ixtapa), located to the south of Acapulco, on the outside of Bahia de Zihuatenejo.
Swimming and Water Sport Beaches
Pack your snorkeling and diving gear and head over to Isla Cozumel, a beach location especially known for its coral gardens and remote reefs. Travelers in search of a secluded beach should visit the beaches of Tulum. The Mediterranean-style town of Puerta Aventuras and the popular swimming beach of Progreso are also great locations for a fun beach vacation in Mexico.