There’s nothing like a tropical vacation to shake up your daily routine. Thankfully, our neighbor to the south has some of the best beaches in the world. If you’re looking for the perfect getaway with nothing but sun and fun, taking a cruise to Mexico and exploring the wide array of beaches it has to offer couldn’t be more simple. It’s close and has everything you could want during a beach vacation. Here are our top picks for the best beaches to visit in Mexico.
1. Chankanaab Park Beach, Cozumel
This idyllic beach on the Mexican island of Cozumel is the ideal location to strap on your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater depths of the ocean. Located right on top of a coral reef, you can see schools of beautiful tropical fish, a colorful reef and underwater statues! Chankanaab Beach is also part of a larger park where you can tour the crocodile pond and the inland blue lagoon, with even more coral reefs to explore!
2. Playa Telchak, Yucatan
The bustling port town of Progreso is a great stopover on your Mexican cruise. Right as you get off the ship, you’ll be in the midst of tons of shops that are great for picking up a few souvenirs to take home. This port also boasts the longest pier in Mexico. From there, you can hop a shuttle over to the long, white sands of Playa Telchak. This is the perfect place to relax, have a few drinks, go for a swim and just take in the sunny weather.
3. Uvero Beach, Costa Maya
The beaches in Costa Maya give you a taste of the old Caribbean, and none more so than Uvero Beach. With miles of white sand and clear, pristine, turquoise waters, this beach will satisfy all of your tropical desires. If you want to explore a bit more of the region, you can take a catamaran cruise, swim with dolphins, check out some Mayan ruins or even take an excursion to the Maya Adventure Waterpark! This port will keep you busy all day long!
4. El Cid Marina Beach, Mazatlan
Mazatlan boasts a 17-mile-long beach along Mexico’s west coast that is ideal for both surfers and swimmers alike! On this beach, you will also find tons of affordable food establishments serving up some of the freshest seafood around. Sit back and chow down on some local grub and brews while you take in the glorious sight of the Pacific Ocean. Ready to give surfing a try? There’s plenty of people around to give you lessons! Cruises to Mexico also offer all-inclusive beach getaways in Mazatlan, so you don’t have to worry about anything else, all day long.
5. Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Playa El Medano in Cabo San Lucas is on the Baja peninsula, meaning it straddles two bodies of water! You get two seasides and two coastal towns in one. This beach offers spectacular views and plenty of options no matter what you want from your beach. Choose from the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez or the more wild waves of the Pacific. You might even be lucky enough to catch sight of whales swimming by. There’s plenty to do here, from relaxing on the beach, sipping margaritas, golfing at one of the many resorts, or driving ATVs through the desert. You’re sure to be entertained.
6. Las Caletas Beach, Puerto Vallarta
Come take a boat ride to this beautiful beach hideaway just south of Puerto Vallarta. This secluded tropical paradise has become a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and for good reason – Las Caletas Beach near Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the jungle on all sides, giving it a unique feel! While relaxing on the white sand beach or swimming in the turquoise waters, you also have the unique opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife!
As you can see, there are endless beaches in Mexico to explore on your cruise vacation. Carnival is also excited to announce that our newest ship, Carnival Panorama, will be sailing to Mexico in 2019! With all kinds of exciting places to check out, what are you waiting for?
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.