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Mexico’s Top 10 Beaches Of 2024 Revealed By Tripadvisor

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Dreaming of sinking your toes into Mexico's legendary sands?

From snorkeling havens to surfer paradises, Tripadvisor has revealed the beaches you don't want to miss.

People visit Mexico for its white sand beaches and the opportunity to enjoy vast stretches of clear blue water.  

Young woman with a beach hat admiring the beautiful view of the Balandra Beach

The destination is home to some of the very best beaches in the world.

So there’s nowhere better to take a beach day! But which beach is best? 

Tripadvisor has announced their Best of the Best awards and revealed Mexico’s top 10 beaches for 2024.

Here’s the complete list:  

10. Playa Las Gatas, Zihuatenejo 

Palm trees at Los Gatos Beach Zihuatanejo, Mexico

This is the perfect beach for water lovers.

It was made for swimming and snorkeling: quite literally, Playa Las Gatas is home to an artificial reef!

That means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot colorful fish and practice your snorkeling skills here.  

Above the warm waters, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are also popular.

But if you’re more interested in relaxing, then you won’t be disappointed either.  

White sand, plenty of lawn chairs, and restaurants and bars close by all make this a great spot for a laidback beach day.  

9. Playa La Entrega, La Crucecita 

Huatulco La Entrega Bay, Oaxaca Mexico

This is a welcoming beach with a relaxed vibe.

People come to Playa La Entrega to have fun, and you’ll find a good mix of locals and tourists.  

It's a popular spot for both kayakers and snorkelers and it has great facilities if you’re making a day trip too.

Think restrooms, accessible parking, and great nearby restaurants too.  

Spot the sea life in the morning, then hop out and eat the seafood this spot is renowned for for lunch!  

8. Nuevo Nayarit Beach, Nuevo Nayarit 

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

The vast expanse of golden sand is the highlight of Nuevo Nayarit Beach.

It’s massive!

Meaning you won’t have any problems finding somewhere to sit down and relax.  

Nuevo Nayarit is also a popular choice for surfers and boogie boarders thanks to the decent waves, and if you’re a nature lover, then this is a great beach for wildlife spotting.  

A flock of Pelicans call this beach home and there’s a turtle sanctuary nearby too.  

7. Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo 

Playa La Ropa in Mexico

Playa La Ropa is a beautiful beach that boasts inviting waters and a moon-shaped strip of perfect sand.

It is surrounded by small resorts, meaning you’ll have plenty of options for places to stay or play. 

The beach is situated in a bay with a backdrop of mountains, adding to the secluded private island feel.  

Playa La Ropa is close to another of Mexico’s top 10 beaches, Playa Las Gatas.

In fact, it’s easy to kayak or paddle board between the 2 meaning you can enjoy two of Mexico’s best beaches in one day trip!  

6. Playa El Cielo, Cozumel 

Scuba diving in Cozumel Mexico

Playa El Cielo is the prettiest beach in Cozumel, which is saying something on an island packed full of pretty beaches!  

The views here are spectacular and the color of the sea looks unreal.

This is an incredible place to enjoy a drink and relax on the shoreline, but it is the water that is the main attraction.  

A calm, shallow ocean is an excellent spot for snorkeling and swimming, and there is a huge population of sea stars here.

The coral reef attracts scuba divers too, so whatever kind of water sports you're into, this is a great place to be!

5. Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas  

Playa Medano In Cabo, Mexico

If you like a busy and popular beach with tons to see and do then Medano Beach is a perfect choice.  

You won’t have time to sit down and relax as you try jetskis, surfing, snorkeling and swimming. There are beachside restaurants and busy bars, where you can sit and watch the boats coming in and out of the marina.  

And if you just want to chill?

The soft sand is a great place to unwind too! 

4. Chileno Beach, Cabo San Lucas  

View of empty stretch of Playa Chileno beach

Chileno Beach is incredibly popular because it offers something for everything.

Safe waters for gentle swimmers and water sports, or an incredible reef for underwater adventures.  

A vast expanse of soft and welcoming sand is just the cherry on the cake!  

If you’re looking to try something different, then get up early and visit the beach in the morning.

It is one of the best spots on the coast to watch the sunrise.  

3. Playa Delfines, Cancun 

Playa Delfines In The Mexican Caribbean, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Despite being Mexico’s most popular beach resort, only one beach in Cancun made the top 10 and that’s Playa Delfines.  

So why is this the best beach in Cancun?

Think soft sands and stunning ocean views.

Water sports are abundant here including surfing and there are showers, bathrooms and changing rooms available too.  

This beach is popular but it also has a peaceful, laidback feel.  

2. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres  

Playa Norte In Isla Mujeres Island, Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Despite its prime location in a busy tourist hub, Playa Norte still maintains its pristine natural beauty.  

It’s easy to get to, free to enter with no visitor limits, and surrounded by restaurants and bars, which means it has everything you need for an easy, laidback beach day.  

But what makes Playa Norte really stand out from the crowd is its soft white sand and shallow waters, which make it an ideal spot for a multigenerational beach day where every member of your party can enjoy the fun.  

1. Balandra Beach, La Paz 

Day time aerial view of Playa Balandra, an iconic beach in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Balandra Beach is officially the best beach in Mexico for 2024 despite its secluded location.

And it’s easy to see why!  

Vibrant blue shallow waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding or kayaking.

The beach is also surrounded by picturesque volcanic cliffs and is fringed with a semi-circle of the most beautiful white sand I've ever seen.  

Because Balandra Beach is part of a protected area, visitor numbers are limited each day.

Arrive early to secure a parking space as well as a spot to relax on this incredible beach.  

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