The Mexican Caribbean coast extends for nearly 100 miles, not including the portion of the coast along the Gulf of Mexico, and is made up of beautiful, soft, white sand beaches and glass-like turquoise blue water.
These characteristics are why there are so many spectacular beaches along this stretch of coastline.
And they’re also why a number of beaches near Cancun are, according to Travel & Leisure, the best in Mexico.
The Mexican Caribbean’s Most Beautiful Beaches
The stunning beaches of the Mexican Caribbean and Riviera Maya region are spread out through multiple cities and towns.
These places have become popular tourist destinations because of their beaches, bringing in millions of tourists every year.
And six of the beaches in this region made it to Travel & Leisure’s list of the best beaches in Mexico.
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Playa Delfines – Cancun
Playa Delfines, also known as Dolphin Beach, is not only the largest beach in Cancun but also the most popular beach in the tourist destination.
It’s located right in the Hotel Zone but is not overshadowed by a high-rise resort like most of the others in the area.
In addition to the wide stretch of powdery sand, Playa Delfines is also known for its dazzling, bright, aqua-blue water.
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Playa Maroma – Riviera Maya
Located about 30 miles from Cancun, the exclusive Playa Maroma is one of the area’s best-kept secrets.
It’s part of a resort complex with just a few hotels and resorts, including the El Dorado resort, which features the only overwater bungalow accommodations in the Mexican Caribbean.
What makes Playa Maroma so special, though, isn’t the resorts but the expansive beach and stunning aqua blue, crystal clear water.
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Isla Holbox – Chiquila
Isla Holbox isn’t just a beach lover’s paradise because of the soft white sand and glass-like water, but because it is a tropical island paradise.
And while there are a number of beautiful beaches around the island, the one that takes the cake is Playa Holbox.
Known for its laid-back vibe, Playa Holbox is not only a great place to relax while being mesmerized by the nearly perfect views of the Caribbean Sea but a great place to pull up a seat at a beach club to have a cocktail too.
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Playa Mujeres – Cancun
Playa Mujeres is about 30 minutes from the main tourist area of Cancun and is popular because it offers a more peaceful alternative to the bustling Cancun Hotel Zone.
The beach in this area is wide, long, and an eye-catching shade of pristine white against the backdrop of crystal clear aqua-blue water.
While Playa Mujeres isn’t the place to enjoy water activities and beach clubs, due to its secluded location, it is the perfect beach for getting some rest and relaxation.
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Playa Paraiso – Tulum
Tulum’s Playa Paraiso is the epitome of a paradisiacal Mexican Caribbean beach and is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
Its brilliant white sand, perfectly colored sea, and backdrop of palm trees create the idyllic image of what a tropical paradise should be.
At the same time, Playa Paraiso is a fantastic beach for snorkeling and diving and there are plenty of beach clubs that allow visitors to take a break from the sun with a refreshing beverage.
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Sian Ka’an Biosphere – Tulum
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere in Tulum isn’t a Mexican Caribbean beach in the traditional sense but does boast some pretty spectacular beaches.
The difference is that the white sand beaches here are surrounded by mangrove forests and wildlife.
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere beaches offer great snorkeling and kayaking, and wildlife watching to go along with the unique beach experience.
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