By Renzo Orellana, Madison Ashley’s CEO
Cinco de Mayo is a widely celebrated holiday not just in Mexico but also in the USA. Not to be confused with Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) but there’s also parades, food, music, dancing, and a whole lot more!
In honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces, we decided to feature Mexico and how beautiful this country is.
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to visit Mexico and it’s beaches if you’re looking to indulge yourself with their culture and celebration. And these beaches are perfect day trips for when you’re not joining the usual festivities —well, given the pandemic, we’re certain it’s not the same but these beaches are nice to visit either way.
Beaches in Tulum have the clearest waters I have seen! It’s literally when people would describe it as “picture perfect!” It is by far the favorite beach I have been to.
Go on the weekdays because even during these times, on weekends, it's so busy with so many locals and tourists flocking the beaches in Tulum.
An hour taxi ride from Tulum, PDC (Playa del Carmen) offers amazing clear water to swim in. It’s nothing compared to Tulum where the water is so clear that you can see fishes swimming around you but it’s beautiful in its own right. It has very shallow water compared to PDC beach so if you’re the type who prefers shallow water, this beach is perfect for you.
A 45min ferry from Playa del Carmen will get you to an island called Cozumel. It is mostly known for the different beaches it has to offer, which is perfect if you’re into beach hopping. You can rent a jeep and go to all of them in one day —something I recommend doing so because there's hidden beaches inside Cozumel that you can only get to by renting a jeep and driving there.
Ready for an adventure? About a 2.5hr bus ride from and 1hr ferry ride from PDC will get to this amazing hidden island. It is known but still a bit off the beaten path so it’s perfect if you want calm clear waters and not so many tourists.
Holbox is a must, especially if you are with your partner. This place is a wonderful romantic destination where you can even create a moment that you’ll both cherish. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to mark that special moment, we have a wonderful selection of ocean inspired jewelry she will truly love. This would also make a perfect spot if you’re planning to pop the big question. Aside from Tulum, Holbox was one of the top on my list of favorite beaches that I have ever been to.
And lastly, Isla mujere near Cancun. It has great clear water with so many things to do! You can go snorkeling, swimming with the many sea creatures that live there, and so much more. Here is where I found one of the best seafood I have ever had in a while!
Overall, it was difficult to rank the 5 best beaches in Mexico as I did not include some amazing beaches in Cancun or Acapulco. These were my personal preferences and yours may be different. I highly recommend you to visit Mexico for the amazing beaches it has to offer. And if you’re looking for tips for when you do visit Mexico, keep reading.
Go to a local Mexican restaurant and try local Mexican food. There's so many varieties; huevos rancheros, mole, tamales and enchiladas —try something more than the popular tacos and burritos. I know the dish might not look attractive, but you will not regret it once you take a bite.
These are my top 2 favorite beach destinations in Mexico. You can enjoy the most amazing beaches in the world while eating delicious meals served to you. What else can you ask for?
Ditch taking the taxi everywhere and stop being a typical tourist. Instead, go for a walk and explore! There are so many things you may miss with taking a taxi everywhere; the fresh air, the smell of food from the restaurants —or Mexican locals’ home cooking for dinner, the small pastry shop a few blocks away. These are some of the tiny things may have missed because you were in a taxi. Remember, there’s magic in details and small moments. These are just some of the many small things that will make your trip in Mexico more enjoyable so don’t miss out!
I tried it and had a great time learning to make traditional Mexican food. I learned how to make enchiladas, mole and tamales from scratch. Although it was a process, it was very rewarding once I ate the dish I managed to put together. This could also be an enjoyable experience to have with your friends or your partner.
You’re in Mexico! Go all the way!
Salsa/bachata is a well known Spanish dance genre practiced all over Central and South America, and all over the world.
Whether you are new to dancing or you really like to dance, this activity is a must for you. You will learn how to move your hips, arms, and feet when dancing to the popular sounds of salsa and bachata —a skill that you can have and enjoy for any party!
Many places around Mexico offer individual or group classes for those who want to learn or improve their dancing. Step in and get dancing!
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