The Mexican Caribbean is a unique region home to many natural wonders: turquoise sea waters, white sand beaches, rainforest, cenotes, underground rivers, islands, and lagoons.
This paradisiac region has been drawing visitors looking to spend unforgettable vacations at one of its many world-class destinations for decades. The array goes from Cancun’s bustling nightlife to the relaxed mood at beach towns like Playa del Carmen or Tulum. They all have a magic of their own, offering beautiful natural spots to explore and many tours and activities.
A couple of months ago, the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean were facing an atypical phenomenon that affected their health and appearance. You may have heard of the seaweed known as “sargasso,” which arrived on the Caribbean coasts during summer. Though the sargasso arrival has been a natural phenomenon for years, global warming and the change in the sea currents brought tons of the brown seaweed from South America to the Caribbean and all the way to the coasts of Texas. It became an ecological disaster and an inconvenience for the tourism industry. However, the currents have changed again, and we’re happy to confirm that our beaches are back to that world-famous crystal clear turquoise tone that has made the Mexican Caribbean one of the world’s most sought destinations in the world. So if you were worried about sargasso messing with your next trip to Cancun, Cozumel, and/or the Riviera Maya, you don’t have to anymore. In fact, we’re here to recommend our pick of the 6 best seaweed-free beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. So pack your sunscreen and your best swimsuit cause you’ll want to visit them all as you read!
Punta Norte, Isla Mujeres
The gorgeous queen of the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres, outstands the rest for its unique beauty and uncomparable Caribbean vibe. I
Seriously, you’ve never seen anything like the colors of the Isla Mujeres sea. While most beaches in the Mexican Caribbean have a fantastic turquoise color, the water at Isla stands out amongst all of them. It’s not just crystal clear, but the many shades of blue and turquoise will leave you speechless. To get to Isla Mujeres, get to Cancun (in a private flight, of course) and take the Ferry from Puerto Juarez to get to the island, and you’ll be there in less than 30 minutes. Punta Norte is just a few minutes away from the ferry station.
Although this island is located on the north part of the Yucatan Peninsula, 2 hours away from the Riviera Maya, we couldn’t leave it out of the list. In fact, Holbox was not hit by the sargasso arrival, and its beauty earned it a place on our list. Holbox is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever visit. Opposite to other Caribbean islands, time seems to have stopped in Holbox, so you won’t find luxurious resorts, boutique stores, or even cars! However, you can stay at a cozy cabana or a boutique hotel a few steps from the beach. To move around, you have to walk or rent a bike to explore one of the many beautiful beaches of white sand and tranquil crystal clear waters. The island receives most of its visitors during whale shark season (May to August). If you’re not planning on taking that tour, we recommend visiting any other time of the year.
Playa Delfines, Cancun
The most famous destination in the Mexican Caribbean had to be on our list, but not because it’s popular, but indeed is home to some of the most amazing beaches! It’s no surprise that most of them are certified with the Blue Flag for their clean, transparent waters and soft, white sand. Playa Delfines outstands the rest of the Cancun beaches for its wavey waters and long coastline. Also because here’s where you’ll find that famous Cancun sign where literally everybody gets a photo. Don’t worry; the beach is long enough to welcome everyone looking to spend an incredible beach day. It’s the last beach of the Cancun hotel zone, so it’s easy to find it.
Isla de la Pasión, Cozumel
Isla de la Pasión is is located north of San Miguel de Cozumel. It is a small and peaceful island endowed with beautiful beaches where birds overflow and turtles and crocodiles continually take refuge in its swamps. It is accessible for small boats from the Cozumel island, although it can also be reached by land, crossing the beach in front of the island.
On this gorgeous beach, you can enjoy a relaxing day away from the crowds. It is a paradise of white sand bathed by the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
Xpu-Ha beach, Playa del Carmen
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Riviera Maya. For its white sand, crystal clear, steady waters that look like a tranquil pool, Xpu-Ha is a favorite for locals and tourists. Here you can snorkel and spot fantastic underwater wildlife like rays, morays, colorful fish, and even turtles. Some resorts and beach clubs are found along the coast, but it is long enough for you to find a private spot under the palm trees and enjoy a relaxing beach day away from the crowds. Find it 25 minutes away on the road from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.
Playa Paraiso, Tulum
Last but not least, we go South of the Riviera Maya to the magic town of Tulum. The so-called jewel of the Riviera crown is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. It makes sense that it has become one of the most solicited destinations in the world. The soft, white sand and the wavey turquoise waters of Tulum attract thousands of visitors. Our pick is located in the Tulum National Park, a few meters from the Tulum Archaeological Site. Here, you’ll find the classic boho-chic beach clubs, but also a taste of the old fashion Tulum, where locals, fishermen, tourists, and jet setters converge. If you’re visiting Tulum, turn left on the Boca Paila road and head North, you’ll find the strip easily.
If you’re planning on visiting Cancun, Cozumel, or the Riviera Maya, save at least a day to visit one of these gorgeous beaches. We guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time!