Revealed: Mexico’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Revealed: Mexico’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

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Dear International Living Reader,

We just wrapped up our biggest-ever Live and Invest in Mexico seminar, and I am happy to report that a good time was had by all. More than a good time, though, a lot of exciting information was shared.

Our contacts were on hand from Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, and Huatulco. We learned about opportunities in the Lake Chapala area, at Manzanillo, Colima, San Cristobal de las Casas, and more.

I gave a presentation about my favorite beach locations in Mexico. (Learn how you can get a copy of that presentation here.) And with Mexico’s nearly 6,000 miles of coastline, you can bet I had plenty to talk about. Still, several in the crowd pressed me afterward to narrow my list even further.

I’ve thought a lot about this. My main criterion is that the beach must be clean…no litter or broken glass. The water must be clean, too…and swimmable. The beach must be relatively deserted. In other words, no crowds of people in beach chairs sipping drinks with little paper umbrellas in them. If one or two…or a few…other people
are there, that’s OK—but no crowds. I prefer beaches that rim wide bays and are lined with palm trees.

Here are my four very favorite beaches in Mexico, in no particular order:

Maroma Beach (near Tulum): I challenge you to find a prettier beach in the Caribbean. In fact, this is the only beach in Mexico that consistently makes the Travel Channel’s annual list of Top 10 Beaches in the World. You’ll find it along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, south of Cancún. It doesn’t get much better…white sand as fine as confectioner’s sugar that sticks to your skin and neon-blue water so clear and clean it tastes almost as sweet as it does salty on your lips.

The East Cape (between Los Barriles and Salinas Punta Arena at the southeast tip of Baja): To get here, take Highway 1 from Cabo San Lucas to Los Barriles. From there, take the beach road north. You may want a 4×4 for this, as the road may not be in great shape, but that’s why the beaches are deserted. The desert landscape here is stark, lonely, and lovely—and the waters are calm, cerulean blue, and beautiful.

Matanchen Bay (south of the town of San Blas in the state of Nayarít): This is one of the last long stretches of unspoiled Mexican coast, and the beaches ringing the vast Matanchen Bay are some of the prettiest. If you’re a surfer, you’ve probably heard of San Blas, legendary home of the world’s longest surf break—cutting a mile-long swath
across the sultry bay. But if you’re not a surfer, it’s likely you’ve never heard of this little town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, between Puerto Vallarta to the south and Mazatlan to the north. It’s an “ahhh” kind of place. The Bay of Matanchen is crescent-shaped, and with wide beaches ringed by gently sloping hills…tall ones in some places…covered by dense jungle vegetation.

Playa Manzanillo (on the Pacific coast state of Oaxaca at Puerto Escondido): Of all the beaches mentioned here, Playa Manzanillo, just west of the town’s lighthouse, is one of the most “discovered.” You will rarely be the only one on the beach here. But still, this place is high on charm. You can rent a beach chair under an umbrella and order $2 beers from a waiter at one of the little seafood restaurants that ring the beach here. Or pop into the restaurant for a great feast. On weekends or holidays you will bob in the water next to local parents and children who come here to happily enjoy the warm, tranquil waters. This is a definite “good vibe” beach.

There are many, many beaches like these along Mexico’s shores, and I certainly haven’t seen them all. But I still have time…

Suzan Haskins
Your Latin America Insider, International Living

Editor’s Note: Beautiful beaches is only one of the many reasons we love Mexico. At the Live and Invest in Mexico seminar, Suzan Haskins did an excellent job telling our attendees about all the different areas to live in Mexico: from lakeside living with a diverse expat community to why she considers Merida to be her ideal place to live. She also explained how to manage your money and stay in contact with friends and family while abroad…and she gave an essential speech for anyone serious about moving overseas, with precise guidelines to help you choose your perfect paradise.

We have recorded all of Suzan’s presentations as well as every other expat and expert who spoke at the seminar…and this is your last chance to order these recordings at a quarter of the price attendees paid to attend in person. You have until midnight tomorrow. Find out more here.

Read related IL Postcards:

- Affordable Beach With Ocean View

- Affordable Beach in Latin America

- How to Make Your Second Home in Mexico Pay for Itself

- More Fun and More Funk in Playa del Carmen

- A Tip of the Sombrero to…Mexico

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