For years, the tropical beaches of Mexico have been a top vacation destination for Americans. Mexico offers so much more than just the well-known cities of Cabo and Cancun. From the warm waters of Mexico’s Caribbean side to its Pacific Coast with over 900 islands to discover, there’s nothing quite like sailing in Mexico. It is the perfect way to get to know the country, its people, and culture while enjoying a relaxing time on board.
For weekly rentals, there are a variety of different sailing routes worth considering. If you want to explore the California Gulf, we recommend navigating from La Paz to San Carlos. Or discover the Northern Pacific Ocean Coast in Mazatlan and make a stop in Puerto Vallarta before arriving in Manzanillo. And for those in the United States, what about sailing the California Peninsula from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas?
So what do you say? Come aboard with Click&Boat and get ready to explore the beautiful coasts that Mexico has to offer!
The Top Beaches of Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Nestled in between the Sierra Madre Mountains, the sea, and the sun, Puerto Vallarta is surely the place to be. Its perfect geographical location makes it the ideal destination for your next sailing trip. The town is sheltered by the Bahia de las Banderas, which is now known to be a sailing paradise with calm waters and ideal winds. On your next visit, be sure to stop by the old part of town and its charming fishing-village allure filled with colorful shops and restaurants.
While over the years Puerto Vallarta has grown to be a popular tourist destination, it still remains an ideal base for boaters to explore the exotic landscapes of Pacific Coast. Start a boating adventure to the hidden gem, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, also known as “La Cruz” by the locals. This small fishing village is about 20 miles north when cruising the Banderas Bay. Dock at the Marina Riviera Nayarit and discover this town by foot, enjoy dinner at a restaurant and shopping at the markets.
Take full advantage of the Banderas bay when you rent a boat in Puerto Vallarta and explore the coves and some of most stunning beaches in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta also has eight Blue Flag certified beaches, perfectly safe for swimming!
Beaches only accessible by boat:
- Colomitos– A hidden paradise nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains.
- Las Animas– A ‘must-see’ that is only accessible by boat or long hike (we suggest a boat!).
- Yelapa– A beautiful little fishing village located south of Puerto Vallarta.
- Los Muertos– Located close to Puerto Vallarta’s downtown, this popular beach offers plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment.
- Las Gemelas– A local hangout spot that’s worth the visit!
- Conchas Chinas– If you are looking for a romantic beach, then this is your go to! There’s nothing better than white sands, azure waters, and natural pools.
- Caballo– This little oasis is located near Boca de Tomatlan, there’s nothing but nature!
- Madagascar– A tiny beach just in between Colomitos and Animas beach, perfect for relaxing in shalllow waters.
- Quimixto– Another small fishing village but a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Did we mention there is also a stunning waterfall here?
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
The Baja peninsula is home to two of the best vacation destinations in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. Known for its decadence, Los Cabos attracts visitors from all over with its warm hospitality, magical sceneries, and white beaches.
Rent a boat in Cabo San Lucas and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Whether you plan to go deep sea fishing, party on board or whale watch, you must make the time to visit some of the best beaches of Mexico! Check-out the rock formations at Lovers Beach or sail by the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas.
On the other hand, the sleepy oasis of La Paz, is the perfect destination if you want to start a sailing trip away from the crowds. Set sail in the Sea of Cortez on board a catamaran rental to explore secluded anchorages like Isla San Francisco. These waters are known around the world for top-notch diving experiences and marine life sightings.
Some of the best beaches:
- Balandra– A jaw-dropping destination with calm waters and plenty of local marine life to discover. During peak season, the beach may get crowded, so we highly recommend you visit it by boat!
- Isla Espiritu Santo– This island home to several bays, perfect for boating and swimming in these heavenly waters. Added plus? If you camp or moor for the night here, be sure to stargaze.
- Bahía Santa María– One of Cabo’s hidden beaches with golden sands and stunning scenery: dramatic cliffs, wild cacti, and a horseshoe-shaped bay.
- Coral Negro– The perfect off the beaten path beach for a quick escape, offering vegetation, soft sands, and clear waters.
- El Chileno– Looking for a peaceful beach day? El Chileno is a golden stretch of sand with a year-round swimmable bay and facilities.
Cancún, Quintana Roo
Cancún at the heart of the Mexican Caribbean is known for many things- its resorts, its nightlife, its vibrant city, and for having some of the best beaches in Mexico. But Cancún is slowly gaining attention for being a top sailing destination too, avoiding all the crowds and tourists. Yes, it is possible to discover Cancún in a whole new light!
From beaches with fine white sand, to crystal blue waters, remnants of Mayan history and a Caribbean climate… What is the Riviera Maya missing? Nothing!
With a boat rental in Cancun, enjoy total privacy and exclusivity when visiting the area’s beaches, coves, islands and more with family and friends.
You can’t visit Quintana Roo without making some mandatory stops. On land, the Chichen Itzá pyramid is a must. To the south of Cancun, dreamy Tulum offers plenty of picturesque beaches, while Playa del Carmen offer world-class snorkeling.
Visit Cozumel Island by boat, it’s a great location for diving, surfing, and deep sea fishing. And to truly see untouched natural beauty, sail to Sian Ka’an. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean.
- Playa Tortugas– One of the most popular beaches in the city that offers plenty of nearby services and attrations, ideal for families with children. Here you’ll find calm waters perfect for snorkeling or a quiet swim
- Playa Caracol– For those seeking a peaceful and quiet day, this is your go-to beach. You will not be disappointed with its calm seas and crystal clear waters.
- Playa Delfines– Many consider this the most beautiful beach in Mexico! Located in the hotel district of the city, this beach has a large strip of sand, equipped with free umbrellas. The waves here are a bit stronger, making it the perfect surfing destination. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to swim with the dolphins!
- Playa Xpu Ha and Playa Akumal- Two stunning (can’t miss!) beaches located on the Riviera Maya. Imagine palm trees, soft sands and beautiful waters! These are ideal beaches for a day trip, especially if you enjoy snorkeling and swimming with turtles!
- Puerto Morelos– A quiant bohemian seaside town that has a national marine park, perfect for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
- Playa Norte– Located just 4 nautical miles away from the city on Isla Mujeres, this beach has been considered one of the best in the world. From is bars, restaurants, and clubs, don’t hesitate to discover more of the island too like the Mayan ruins Ponta Sur and the beautiful Corais de Garrafón Natural Park.
- Isla Holbox– A secluded island lined with palm-fringed shores and clear lagoons. Boating is one of the top things to do here! Plan a day trip cruising the coast, make a stop at Pajaros Island, a bird sanctuary or visit Yalahau lagoon to spot some dolphins.
- Costa Maya- Located in the south of the region near the border of Belize, Costa Maya, is the ideal beach for those wanting to reconnect with nature. Offshore, snorkel among the coral reefs alongside turtles and dolphins.