Mexico offers some of the most exquisite and unique beaches of the world. With over 5,750 miles of coastline, white sandy beaches are easily accessible and are all considered public beaches, with no fees for access or use. From the relaxing white sandy beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula to the roaring and pounding surf of Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido, to majestic black volcanic rock beaches and the shear cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico beaches are as diverse as the visitors themselves.
Whether a traveler desires lazy dreamy days relaxing in the warmth of the sand on white sandy beaches, or more raucous water sport adventure fun, the Pacific Coast, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico provide the ideal locale and climate. Depending on travelers’ choice, beaches can be chosen for their gentle relaxing breezes, or more windy conditions ideal for wind-water sports including parasailing, windsurfing, and surfing.
Cancun beaches are renowned for their diversity; on the north side of the island, calmer breezes and waters prevail making it the ideal location for relaxation beachfront boutique art hotel surf dive enthusiasts and families. While on the east side, the breezes are more active and encourage windsurfing, paragliding, surfing, and more. The water around Cancun Island has a balmy 86 degree year-round average, making it the ideal location for vacations year-round. The white sandy beaches fed by the Caribbean are heralded around the globe. The sparkling turquoise waters combined with powdery white sand, make this Mexico beach area spectacular at first glance, and even more impressive when toes curl into the cool sand.
Playa Langosta and Playa Linda are two of the premier Cancun beaches. Located on the Caribbean side of the island Playa Linda offers the high waves, and breezy conditions sought after by water sports enthusiasts. From here, dive tours, fishing tours, and submarine tours are easily booked and provide for outstanding family and adult day trips. Playa Langosta has been deemed the best swimming beach of Cancun for its calm warm waters. The Playa Caracol beach is fantastic for children, as the shallow flat sandy seabed allows them to splash for hours in the warm waters and build sand castles effortlessly.
The Cancun beach of San Miguelito on the Caribbean side of the island is a beautiful beach dotted with ancient Mayan ruins. History envelopes you as you bask in the sun, swim in the turquoise waters, and explore the ruins. The Punta Nizuc is ideally set and in close proximity to some of the finest most exclusive and luxurious resorts on the island. Because of this, it is kept spotlessly clean and well-manicured. One of the quieter beaches on the island is located at the southernmost tip; access to this sleepy wondrous beach is through an exclusive hotel. However, all beaches in Mexico are federal property, and visitors must be granted access. For a lazy day sunbathing, this is a spectacular option.
Of course, Cancun’s location on the Yucatan Peninsula sets in prime fashion to be the jumping-off spot to some of the world’s best ancient Mayan ruins. Special trips to Chichen Itza and other Mayan sites are easily arranged by hotels, resorts and tour operators. Cancun is a reasonably priced destination that offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and historical and cultural sites. The nightlife here is known the world over and there are many venues that feature open-air nightclubs, bars, and restaurants.