If you’re looking for delicious food, upbeat music at the best parties and lush sandy beaches, I think you’ll love Mexico just as much as I did. Whether you want to go as a family, with friends or as a couple; from Cancun all the way down to the unspoilt ‘playa’ of Tulum, the scenery will take your breath away. If you’re seeking a sunbathing holiday with a touch of culture, then Mexico is the one for you. For inspiration, here are five of the best beaches I visited on the famous Riviera Maya.
This popular 12-mile strip of beach along the Yucatan Peninsula was a favourite of mine, as Cancun boasts a vibrant atmosphere and a sea full of interesting marine life, such as whale sharks, turtles and rays. On the to do-list must be heading over to Playa Delfines and taking a photo in front of the famous Cancun sign; it’s a rite of passage.
For a great day out, the short 45-minute boat trip from Playa Del Carmen to the island of Cozumel was the perfect experience for my first-time diving. With shallow reefs and crystal-clear water, it’s the ideal snorkelling experience along a 25km stretch of pristine white sand.
3) Playa Del Carmen
With the famous ‘Carmen Arch’ statue, a bohemian-style beach at Mamitas and the relaxed vibe at Playacar beach, there’s a reason why everyone falls for Playa Del Carmen. I loved the laid-back atmosphere on the beach, with its regular DJ sets; while ten miles of calm water with minimal waves makes for the perfect opportunity to try some water sports.
4) Isla Mujeres
For a relaxing time on the beach and a fantastic chance to see some of 152 different species of birds and animals such as iguanas, look no further than Isla Mujeres. For me, the pick of the bunch was Playa Norte, on the north side, which was decorated with exotic palm trees that really took my breath away and made me feel like I was in paradise on such a peaceful beach.
Saving the best for last, Tulum is fast becoming the must-see beach in Mexico. Popular with surfers because of the bouncing waves, it’s also great for sunbathers, with stunning scenery and a tranquil atmosphere for all that visit. Surrounded by ancient Tulum Mayan ruins, as I bathed in the sun, I felt very fortunate to be in Mexico, letting my mind wander in such a beautiful location.
My favourite, for sheer variety, has to be Playa Del Carmen. Which is your favourite beach on the Riviera Maya? If these examples have wet your appetite, let me know in the comments below which one you’re considering for your next holiday; whether you’re thinking of return visit or you want to try Mexico for the very first time.