Mexico: The Best Sun and Beach Destination in the World

The Sea of Cortez, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea make Mexico the best sun and beach destination in the world.

Mexico: The Best Sun and Beach Destination in the World
A beach in Mexico. Photo by Spencer Watson / Unsplash

Mexico is a privileged territory if we talk about water, sand, marine fauna, and sun; bathed by seas of crystalline waters, blue, green, and turquoise tones. More than 11,000 kilometers of coastline offers countless options for recreation and relaxation for the traveler. The Sea of Cortez, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea make Mexico the best sun and beach destination in the world.


Imposing desert areas contrast with the intense blue of the Sea of Cortez, forming natural landscapes of incomparable beauty. The entire coast of the Sea of Cortez, including its islands, offers a wide range of possibilities for you to enjoy the adventure of practicing your favorite sport in intimate contact with nature.

Rosarito, Baja California

On its beaches you will find beautiful hotels, as well as places to camp in a movie environment; not for nothing the movie company 20th Century Fox Studios established a studio in the city and in the movies Titanic, Deep Blue Sea, Pearl Harbor, and The Far Side of the World you can appreciate its marvelous views.

Ensenada, Baja California

In addition to enjoying the city's ambiance and its beautiful beaches, very close to Ensenada you can be surprised by La Bufadora, a marine geyser that shoots jets of water up to 20 meters high, for which it is considered the second largest in the world. Another attraction is the Guadalupe Valley with its vineyards that produce some of the best wines in Mexico and Latin America.

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

In the picturesque town of San Jose del Cabo begins a tourist corridor that culminates in Cabo San Lucas, where you will find hotels, condominiums, restaurants, stores, spas, golf courses, and marinas. Its beaches are the best for windsurfing and sport fishing, as well as scuba diving and snorkeling. And as if this were not enough, every year the gray whale visits this part of the peninsula.

La Paz, Baja California Sur

A quiet city that has become an important tourist destination. It has a marina and several white sand beaches, very popular with sport fishing enthusiasts. The beaches of El Tecolote, Balandra, and Cormuel stand out, where you can dive, surf, and paddle in a kayak. We suggest you visit the nearby islands, such as Espiritu Santo, Cerralvo, Santa Cruz and Santa Catalina: a large number of birds and sea lions will welcome you.

Loreto, Baja California Sur

To the attraction of being the oldest city of all the Californias, with the mission of Nuestra Señora de Loreto dating back to 1697, is added the possibility of practicing a wide variety of water sports in its surroundings and enjoying the exceptional areas for sport fishing.

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Mazatlan offers a lot of fun, both during the day and at night, by the sea. It combines the beauty of its beaches with a 17-kilometer long boardwalk, its Historic Center, and a great tourist infrastructure. Here you can practice your favorite sport, but also dance until dawn and eat very tasty food. Important sports tournaments are organized in its two marinas.

Puerto Penasco, Sonora

This site combines natural scenery and almost virgin beaches with modern tourist infrastructure and ecological development programs. Its bay is ideal for sailing and sports fishing. Snorkeling is highly recommended on San Jorge Island, where marine species abound. In its surroundings are the dunes of the Altar Desert and the crater area of El Pinacate.

San Carlos, Sonora

In this tourist destination the desert, the sea, and the mountains give it its distinctive seal. It offers visitors, in addition to its beautiful beaches, numerous places to enjoy fishing, diving, and hunting. It also has a beautiful golf course and the modern services of two marinas.


Mexico's western coastline has shallow bays, golden sandy beaches, and hillsides that end in the sea. Its waters are ideal for fishing and sailing, and while its main bays boast modern tourist complexes, others remain untouched. Its climate is extraordinary, with a sun that shines all year round.

Nayarit Riviera, Nayarit

In the heart of Banderas Bay, you will find 160 kilometers of beautiful beaches surrounded by tropical jungle and the Sierra Madre; they are the perfect setting for a tourist corridor where you can practice sports such as surfing, snorkeling, diving, and sailing, as well as swimming with dolphins, boat rides and whale watching; here you will find large resorts and small hotels, nightlife and pristine beaches, golf courses and prestigious spas.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Its name is synonymous with fun. In Puerto Vallarta, you can take excursions to well-known and hidden beaches, practice scuba diving, hiking, biking, ecological tours, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and tours in four-wheel-drive vehicles through the jungle. If you are more intrepid, you can also go skydiving. Vallarta is also a renowned meeting point for artists, with first-class galleries. And if you like shopping, the boutiques are not to be missed.

Costalegre, Jalisco

From Barra de Navidad to Bahía de Banderas there are many alternatives for fun in this coastal strip of Jalisco. Come and enjoy multiple activities in its exclusive beaches and tourist developments. You can practice golf, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and polo; you will also find a holistic refuge with thermal baths and where various oriental disciplines are taught. If you like to contact nature, this is the ideal place, with several lodging options and beaches for camping.

Manzanillo, Colima

World capital of sailfish, this is the best destination for sport fishing. It has beautiful beaches that allow you to spend time with your family and practice your favorite water sport. The sunsets in its port and its boardwalk have a special charm.

Acapulco, Guerrero

In one of the most beautiful bays in the world, fun multiplies half the time. Here you will live unforgettable moments with your family, friends, or partner. The variety of activities available is enormous: the bungee or parachute to admire the bay from above, the diving show at La Quebrada, water parks, golf courses, sport fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, all without forgetting that Acapulco's nightlife is unparalleled.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

Surrounded by mountains, this beautiful destination offers the picturesque town of Zihuatanejo and a modern resort, Ixtapa. For relaxation or water sports, visit Playa La Ropa and Playa Linda; nearby you can snorkel among coral reefs or practice sport fishing. You can also participate in turtle conservation activities such as olive ridley and hawksbill turtles.

Huatulco Bays, Oaxaca

Although the first tourist attraction of the region is its nine fascinating bays, others are in full development, where you can practice various sports, such as rafting, rappelling, and cycling, as well as diving, since in its warm waters there are several coral reefs. Tangolunda Bay is the most modern, its location, beauty, and luxurious hotels make it a favorite refuge for tourists.

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

This destination offers beaches framed by exuberant vegetation, ideal for the practice of aquatic activities. The Zicaleta Beach, the venue of international surfing tournaments, and the Main Beach, where sport fishing events are held, stand out. In its surroundings are natural areas such as the Lagunas de Chacahua National Park and Mazunte with the Mexican Turtle Center, dedicated to the research and preservation of the turtle. At night you will enjoy the entertainment options in restaurants, bars, and places located in front of the beach.


With a great diversity of habitats, bays, and coastal lagoons, the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are also known for offering the best seafood and fish in the country. The proximity between the sea and the mountains makes the Gulf area a region of beautiful landscapes, inhabited by warm and cheerful people.

Miramar, Tamaulipas

Formed by about 10 kilometers of white sand and calm waves, this beach is ideal for sailing, jet skiing, and fishing. This is the most visited beach in the state because of its hotel and service infrastructure.

Veracruz, Veracruz

The joy of the port is contagious, its beaches of soft waves are ideal for water sports and particularly for diving in the National Park of the Veracruz Reef System, where you can admire a great variety of corals. In the afternoons and evenings, dancing and jarocho rhythms are reborn in its plazas and gardens. And at any time, don't forget to visit the famous Café de la Parroquia, where in addition to an excellent coffee you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Veracruz.

Boca del Río, Veracruz

Boca del Río is located among green groves, an ideal place to rest, practice water sports, savor the best dishes of the sea and enjoy the jarocho music. It is home to a fishing village located at the mouth of the Jamada River, which can be visited to admire its natural beauties. In front of Boca del Rio is the Isla de Sacrificios, where you can dive and snorkel. In the area, there are first-class hotels, a convention center, stores, and exclusive restaurants.

Punta Xen, Campeche

A series of beautiful beaches characterized by their marine landscapes. Here is a camp for the conservation of hawksbill and green turtles, since its beaches with gentle waves are conducive to the arrival of thousands of turtles that come to lay their eggs.


Paradisiacal and seductive international destination of fine white sands, turquoise blue waters, and a temperate temperature all year round. The Mexican Caribbean also offers ecological reserves, exceptional marine landscapes, and a first-class tourist infrastructure, with beachfront hotels, golf courses, and spas. Its beaches are a beautiful setting to learn about the Mayan civilization, one of the most important of the ancient world.

Cancun, Quintana Roo

It is the perfect destination for a luxury vacation. Easy access to famous dive sites and archeological zones make Cancun the best place to start any kind of adventure, such as diving in clear waters, swimming with dolphins, jungle tours to discover the secrets of Cancun's lagoon, snorkeling over the second largest coral reef in the world and discovering its amazing marine life. Cancun also has several water parks, golf courses, and night cruises.

Cozumel, Quintana Roo

If you visit any dive center on the island of Cozumel, you will meet divers from all over the world who have visited its reefs two, three, or even ten times! Although the only town on the island, San Miguel, offers dozens of good restaurants and bars to enjoy the nightlife, the most attractive thing about Cozumel is, without a doubt, the diving. The clear, warm waters make exploring one of the most beautiful reef systems in the world an extremely pleasurable activity.

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

The aquatic activities on this island are unparalleled adventures, such as snorkeling, gliding on a sailboard, and diving to admire the underwater spectacles of El Garrafón National Park, the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, and the reefs of Farito, Islaché, and Manchones, as well as swimming with dolphins. On land, you can sunbathe, go shopping, visit the turtle farm, stroll and rest in a true paradise. One of the most attractive tours is to Contoy, a virgin island, and bird sanctuary.

Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

With an amazing natural environment, this beach offers several fun options that will make your vacation a truly unforgettable experience. Here you can explore reefs, underground rivers, and cenotes on diving and snorkeling tours; or if you prefer, you can practice sea trekking, which allows you to walk along the bottom of the sea. You can also walk or horseback ride through the jungle and enjoy the archaeological and cultural richness of the Mayan world. It has a varied hotel infrastructure for all tastes and fantastic nightlife.