Mexico’s Top Spectacular Secret Beaches

Some well-known beaches in Mexico, like those in Cancun, Tulum, Cabo San Lucas or Acapulco, might bring to your mind pictures of crowds casually soaking up the sun and people grooving to the beats in the nightclubs. But if you don’t fancy splitting your patch of sand with thousands of other sun-seekers, you can head to one of the lesser-known, secluded beaches of Mexico that will give you all the peace, rest and privacy that you have been itching for.

Blend isolation into the mix of sun, surf, and sand for a refreshing vacation at one of these 9 secluded beaches of Mexico:

Playon de Mismaloya

Playon de Mismaloya

Situated 60 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Playon de Mismaloya is more than a sanctuary for turtles. It is also a picture-perfect retreat for people who want to break away from the daily grind without battling crowds for some space. The only way to get to Playon de Mismaloya is by rowboat from Hotelito Desconocido.



Bundled on the small Bay of Jaltemba and about an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta’s airport, is Guayabitos – a 2-kilometer stretch of blissful sand. This lovely beach with a few new hotels moves at a very unhurried pace. Wiggle your toes in the sand and enjoy the margaritas as vendors serve you freshly grilled fish on a stick. When you are done, you can go searching for another beach as roughly 6-7 empty, untouched beaches lie within a 15-minute drive of Guayabitos.


Sayulita is an easygoing fishing village that is loaded with fun activities — not people! Home to several sandy beaches, this tiny village offers opportunities for surfing, snorkeling and swimming.  You will find kiosks on the beach from where you can rent in all the equipment needed for these activities. You can also take a horseback ride on the beach or join a boat tour.

Holbox Island

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Take a ferry or a boat to reach Holbox Island, a fishing village along the Yucatan Peninsula, with 26 miles of coastline. The ambience of the island is rustic and no one seems to be in a hurry. There are no crowds or nightclubs and you can move around the island in a golf cart! Take a walk on the white sand to collect seashells, dive into the gentle waters, find the fresh snapper, lobster or ceviche, or you could even sign up for tours to see pods of whale sharks that thrive offshore!


The sleepy little village of Zipolite is located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. You can rent rooms along the oceanfront and enjoy the plenty of open-air sleeping arrangements, including hammocks. Relax right on the beach without being disturbed, with only the soothing sounds of the waves to lull you into sleep.


History-lovers must check out Sisal – a colonial port in Yucatan, with an abundance of warm, white sand beaches. Visit the old fort that protected the town from pirates in the past, watch the Canada Geese migrating to these calm waters or relish the mouthwatering cuisine served by the few restaurants on the beach. In Sisal, you can chill out and loosen up in absolute solitude.

Playa Ventanilla

Located 2 miles west of Mazunte, Playa Ventanilla is a hidden jewel amongst Mexican beaches. With the most alluring backdrop of jungle-clad hills, the fabulous Playa Ventanilla is the quietest surfing beach in the Oaxaca- Chiapas Province of Mexico. When you are done with soaking up the dazzling rays of the sun, you can take a tour of the lagoon to explore the native wildlife or go horseback riding.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres or the “Island of Women”, with its sugary-soft sand, hidden beaches and fishing shacks is definitely worth a visit. Located besides the northeastern Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres attracts vacationers searching for a peaceful atmosphere and historic charm. With the Great Mayan Reef running parallel the island, it offers plenty of snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Costa Alegre

Costa Alegre is a 60-mile string of clean coves between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. With a splendid mix of tranquility, nature, luxury and serenity, Costa Alegre provides the ideal setting for relaxation. This fascinating area offers a quiet retreat for visitors who do not mind spending lavishly on boutique hotels. You can opt for scuba diving or snorkeling or go horseback riding to explore the deserted beaches and the tropical jungles.

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