Best Beaches in Mexico
By Anna Lynn Sibal
Mexico has miles upon miles of coastline, some six thousand of them, stretching along the Gulf of Mexico to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
These beaches of Mexico are very popular among tourists, both local and foreign. A large group of holiday goers to Mexico are college students from the United States, enjoying freedom from school on their spring break.
There are so many beaches in Mexico, and below are some of the best beaches:
1. Acapulco. Acapulco is a major seaport in the state of Guerrero at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It used to be a getaway destination for many American celebrities, but now it caters more to the spring break crowd, both from the United States and from other countries. It is also a popular port of destination for many cruise lines.
Holiday goers to Acapulco can engage in various water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, sailing and snorkeling. Climbing and cliff diving is also popular in Acapulco. The nightlife is also vibrant in Acapulco, with many dance clubs playing the latest dance tracks popular among Americans and among Hispanics. For the older set, there are ballrooms that specialize in dances like the salsa.
2. Cancun. Cancun is also located on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo, and is considered to be in direct competition with Acapulco in terms of drawing in the international crowd. While the city center of Cancun is located on the mainland, the Hotel Zone where most tourists stay is located on a separate island connected through bridges to the mainland.
The facilities of the Hotel Zone cater more to the international crowd of holiday goers, so the local flavors are all concentrated on the central part of the city on the mainland. There are also some ruins of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in Cancun. A small one called Ruinas El Rey is found in the Hotel Zone while a bigger ruin called El Meco is found just on the outskirts of the city.
3. Cabo San Lucas. Cabo San Lucas is a small resort town located on the southernmost tip of the peninsula of Baja California. Its golden beaches, featured in the Brad Pitt movie Troy, and its close proximity to the southern counties of California in the United States have made Cabo San Lucas a popular destination among college students from San Diego and Orange County on their spring break.
See: Lovers Beach Cabo San Lucas
4. Ensenada. Ensenada is another resort town located in Baja California. Located some 120 kilometers from the US border in California, it is a popular stop for short cruise trips coming from Los Angeles. Aside from its lovely beaches, Ensenada is also a favorite destination among surfers and windsurfers. Because gray whales migrate to Ensenada from Alaska during the winter season to bear young, whale watching is also a popular activity in Ensenada.
These are just a few of the excellent beaches to be found in Mexico. There are many, many other beaches which are more popular among the locals than the foreign tourists, but just as excellent.