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Mexico’s Best Beach Resorts

From beloved beach towns to far-flung properties worth traveling to, Mexico has no shortage of resort destinations. Here, we help you choose the best Mexican beach resort for your next south-of-the-border vacation. Contact Indagare to plan a beach-resort getaway. Our trip designers can match you with the right hotel, plan great meals and special activities like private dinners and boat charters.

Hipster Hideaway: Tulum

Situated between Mexico’s luxe Mayan Riviera and the expansive Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Tulum has long been a favorite of eco-conscious travelers in search of life’s simple pleasures: a great climate, a perfect beach, simply prepared seafood and a strong margarita.

  • What Makes It Unique: Beautiful, swimmable beaches and a dynamic food scene.
  • Where to Stay: Be TulumSanará
  • Top Activities: Visiting Mayan ruins and cenotes (underground lagoons/rivers), snorkeling, kite-surfing, swimming with whale sharks, yoga.
  • Keep in Mind: Ongoing land disputes in Tulum have resulted in the recent evictions of several hotels and businesses.
  • Getting There: Fly into Cancun Airport, a 90-minute drive from most of the properties.

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Mexican Country Club: Punta Mita

Known for its surf breaks and golf links, Punta Mita is an upscale resort complex that appeals to beach lovers with family-friendly hotels, an Aman-influenced hideaway and sprawling villas.

  • What Makes It Unique: Incredible surfing and rental villas that provide guests with privacy as well as all the amenities of a big hotel.
  • Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Imanta Resort, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
  • Top Activities: Surfing, visiting Sayulita, exploring and zip-lining in the jungle, golf, tennis.
  • Keep in Mind: With the exception of excursions to the nearby beach chic town of Sayulita, visitors to Punta Mita will spend the majority of their time at their hotel.
  • Getting There: Fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport, a forty-five-minute drive away.

Related: Punta Mita, Mexico: Six To Know

Posh Family-Friendly Retreat: Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya, a gorgeous stretch of white-sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean water offering exhilarating eco-adventures and Mayan ruins, extends from just south of Cancun to the eco-chic beach town of Tulum.

  • What Makes It Unique: Calm seas, beautiful beaches and abundant cultural activities.
  • Where to Stay: Rosewood Mayakoba, Hotel Esencia, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
  • Top Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports, plus visiting Mayan ruins, cenotes and aquatic theme parks.
  • Keep in Mind: With few towns to explore, visitors either stay put at their hotel or engage in excursions.
  • Getting There: Fly into Cancun Airport, forty-five minutes from town.

Related: Member Postcard: Honeymoon at Esencia

Luxurious Classic: Los Cabos

Mexico’s stunning Baja Peninsula, once prized for its fishing by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, now draws Hollywood A-listers with its extraordinary resorts and relaxed atmosphere, which encourages lounging and pampering.

  • What Makes It Unique: Top-notch service.
  • Where to Stay: One & Only Palmilla, Las Ventanas al ParaísoThe Resort at Pedregal. This year, Cabo will also welcome Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Montage and Nobu hotels.
  • Top Activities: Deep-sea fishing, whale watching (December–March), ATV excursions, golf, tennis.
  • Keep in Mind: Most beaches in Cabo are not swimmable, so guests have to relax poolside.
  • Getting There: Fly into Los Cabos International Airport, a 30-minute drive from most properties.

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The Showstopper: Cuixmala

The late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith fashioned his own private reserve—complete with zebras imported from Africa—on a 25,000-acre parcel of pristine Pacific Coast (just south of Costa Careyes). Originally intended for his family’s exclusive use, the lavish Cuixmala is now a resort, with distinctive rooms and rental villas.

  • What Makes It Unique: The sophisticated clientele (the owners often entertain their famous friends here), wildlife reserve and extravagant but chic décor.
  • Top Activities: Horseback riding, lagoon tours, surfing, mountain biking, bird watching, participating in the turtle protection program, tennis, volleyball, yoga, picnics and visiting Cuixmala’s sister property, Hacienda de San Antonio, a stunning countryside hotel and working farm.
  • Keep in Mind: The ocean is incredibly rough, and you cannot swim at the main beach. Cuixmala has three swimmable beaches off the main property, the nearest of which is half an hour away.
  • Getting There: Fly into Manzanillo Airport, a ninety-minute drive.

Related: Bohemian Glamour on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Contact Indagare to plan a trip to a Mexican beach resort. Our trip designers can match you with the right hotel, plan great meals and special activities like private dinners and boat charters.

– Emma Pierce on January 12, 2018

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