Lesser-Known Beach Destinations in Mexico

Daniela Ramos

When thinking of Mexican beaches, the first places that come to mind are the Riviera Maya and Cabos, luxury resorts, and hotels. Well, yeah, they are awesome and surely not to be undermined, but there are also some fantastic lesser-visited beach destinations in Mexico that well deserve a visit.


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A short drive from Puerto Vallarta, the bohemian town of Sayulita is famous for its surf scene, scrumptious food, and colorful streets. It’s a vibrant town that offers stylish, yet affordable lodging in boutique hotels and Airbnbs, rather than expensive all-inclusive mega-resorts. Sayulita is undoubtedly one of the best hidden gems in Mexico for ocean lovers.

Sayulita offers many interesting activities. Surfing is definitely one of them and it is possible to book classes at Lunazul Surf School. For beach lounging, rent some chairs and daybeds at Playa Sayulita, which is located right in town. There are also beach huts where you can get delicious food, awesome drinks and even relaxing massages right then and there!

The town also features many quaint boutique stores that sell bohemian clothing, artisan jewelry, and other merchandise, as well as delicious restaurants and cool bars.


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Set on the eastern coast of Mexico just north of the border with Belize, Bacalar is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico. Also known as the “Laguna de Los Siete Colores” or Seven Color Lagoon, because of its varying depths that give the water different shades of amazing blue, Bacalar is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway.

One of Mexico’s “pueblos magicos” or magic towns, which, as the name suggests, is an official distinction given to small towns that offer visitors a magical experience due to their culture, traditions, natural beauty, and hospitality. The town of Bacalar definitely lives up to this distinction because of its incredible natural beauty that mass tourism hasn’t yet engulfed.

Todos Santos

Todos Santos is located an hour away from Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Founded in 1724, this town has become a hub for artists, surfers and Mexico’s traditional cuisine foodies.

Todos Santos has long been known as a sleepy seaside destination for hippies and surfers, as well as a favorite for collectors and travelers drawn to its galleries and cozy stores brimming with paintings, pottery, and ceramics. Now, however, it is well on its way to becoming a tourist hotspot because of its spectacular beaches, upscale lodging, and excellent restaurants, as well as great surfing. La Pastora features challenging world-class surf and Playa Los Cerritos is an easier option.


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Even though Mahahual is home to Port Costa Maya, and thus a stop for many major cruise lines, this beach town still manages to go kind of unnoticed when it comes to Mexico’s lesser-known beach destinations.

This peaceful small village features a malecon (pier) and boutique hotels amidst pretty solitary beaches during weekdays. Relaxing in a beach hammock while contemplating the tranquil turquoise sea is almost mandatory, but you can also snorkel at the Banco Chinchorro reserve, the biggest one of its kind in Mexico, to admire the vivid corals and endless colorful fish.

There are also several other unique sites to visit nearby, such as the Bacalar Lagoon and its Rapids, which provide a cool opportunity to get close to stromatolites. as well as the Mayan ruins of Chacobben, the Kohunlich ceremonial center, Kinichna, and several cenotes.

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The journey has been full of highs and lows of all sorts – of grand adventures, heartbreak, self-discovery, screw ups, and lonely roads. I wouldn’t change any of it. While I’m no longer traveling full-time anymore and I am now based in the wonderland that is Mexico City, you’re more likely to find me in some far-off place than at home. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction, and I hope my stories inspire you to take the leap and follow your dreams!


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