Beyond the image of a picturesque town square and cobble-stoned streets, these destinations prove that the term “pueblo mágico” (“magical town”) also applies to beaches. Given that it is nearly the end of the rainy season in Mexico (October-November), it is time to start picking out your swimsuit and sunglasses and escape the urban chaos by heading to one of the following oceanside “pueblo mágicos.”
The Oaxacan coast is known for its (semi) virgin beaches and its good vibes. Mazunte is not the exception. Here you can find accommodations for all budgets, from boutique hotels nestled in the mountains to small hostels only seconds from the sea. If you get tired of too much beach lounging, you can visit the Mexican Turtle Center or walk along the main street, where pizzerias, bars, and health food stores are abundant.
Don’t miss: Enjoy the sunset at Punta Cometa. The 15-minute walk is totally worth it.
photo: Mariana Castro
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Fruit and palm trees galore, this small village 80 kilometers (50 miles) from La Paz is an oasis in the middle of the desert. Todos Santos has a very active cultural life, so it is worth dedicating one morning to its many art galleries. In the afternoon, you can relax on the nearby beaches, such as San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, and Punta Lobos. All very calm and ideal for surfing.
Don’t miss: The film festival that takes place the last week of February.
Photo: FlickrCC / R0Ng
Tulum, Quintana Roo
Diving sessions, bike rides, and exploring cenotes and archaeological sites are some of the activities for your next visit to Tulum — a destination that combines the natural attractions of the Riviera Maya with authentic, simple, chic, remote hospitality of the Cancun area’s great resorts. A couple of years ago René Redzepi even chose Tulum as a Noma pop-up venue.
Don’t miss: The gastronomic scene in Tulum is having a moment. We highly recommend El Pez (by Jorge Miramontes), Mi Amor (by Paul Bentley), and the marlin burritos in the Tres Galleones.
Photo: Diego Berruecos
Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Although it is not a beach, Bacalar’s “Lagoon of Seven Colors” qualifies as a great place to kick back and relax thanks to its incredible shades of blue and shallow waters, ideal for swimming (without the need to be an expert) or kayaking.
Don’t miss: Visit the blue cenote that connects with the lagoon and the Fort of San Felipe, which has a small museum explaining the commercial history of the area.
Photo: FlickrCC / Roberto Bolaños
In recent years, the popularity of the Riviera Nayarit has reached unparalleled levels, and Sayulita is undoubtedly one of the frontrunners. This beach town is particularly attractive for foreigners because of its colorful locals, craft markets, and luxurious accommodation options. As for surfing, here you should leave it to the experts, considering the waves can reach great heights and difficulty. For a more local experience, walk ten minutes to San Pancho beach.
Don’t miss: La Rustica for good pizzas and cocktails — perfect for a night out with friends.
Photo: FlickrCC / apasciuto
Check out the original article in Spanish by Travesías.