Choosing where to go for the dream beach holiday in Mexico can be hard as there is a wealth of choice out there.
Many choose the pristine waters of Cozumel or Riviera Maya, but which is these two is best? Take a look at a breakdown of both destinations below.
Why Choose Cozumel
Cozumel is home to some of Mexico’s most tranquil and stunning beaches, ideal for a relaxing beach vacation interspersed with fun activities.
On the white sands of Palancar Beach and Playa San Francisco, sunbathing is a popular choice for many looking to top up their tan and take in the soothing sounds of the water.
For exhilarating underwater activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling, Cozumel also offers unique and interesting manmade rocky beaches with plenty of opportunities to dive under and admire the marine wildlife through crystal clear waters.
The beach at Chankanaab Park is ideal for the underwater enthusiast, with limestone caves to explore and waters rich in wildlife.
If non-stop fun is the aim of your holiday, vacationers can choose to sun it up on one of Cozumel’s activity-oriented beaches, situated within touching distance of their respective hotels or resorts.
Families with kids will especially enjoy Playa Mia Beach where water skiing and kayaking is common.
And lastly, you’ll find plenty of welcoming beach clubs in Cozumel, offering all you would need for the complete beach experience, including restaurants, drinks and areas to cool in the shade.
Why Choose Riviera Maya
Along the Riviera Maya, you’ll find equally stunning beaches that make this stretch of coastline a prestigious place to be. Many have deemed the Riviera Maya a world-leading place for beautiful beaches complemented by environmentally-friendly accommodation.
A frequent inclusion on rundowns of the best beaches in Mexico is Paraiso Beach in Tulum. Close to the historic Tulum Mayan Ruins, a combination of pristine, calm waters and rich wildlife makes this beach an unforgettable location, especially for those looking for luxury.
If witnessing special wildlife events is the objective, look no further than Akumal beach. Here, visitors benefit from clear waters, a beautiful coral reef and the potential to see sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand – an event not seen by many. This location is not known as “Land of the Turtles” for nothing!
As well as diverse wildlife, pristine sands and blue water, some of the top artists from around the world flock to Mamitas Beach and the surrounding area annually, drawn in by the unrivalled nightlife boosted.
Comparing Cozumel and Riviera Maya
Both Cozumel and Riviera Maya have something for everyone, but more families with kids will be drawn to Cozumel with its theme park oriented beaches and range of activities. However, a life of luxury awaits along the Riviera Maya, where plenty of beautiful and isolated beaches are situated offering relaxing breaks. Wildlife is also a draw for many in Riviera Maya, especially turtle enthusiast. But due to the clear waters and plenty of underwater diving opportunities, both locations offer excellent chances to see an array of marine wildlife.