There isn't much that you can't find in Mexico -- whether it's ancient ruins, quaint villages, or white sand beaches, Mexico is a country that has it all. In anticipation of the hot days of summer that lay ahead, we've rounded up a list of our favorite seaside haunts south of the border. Get ready for a sun-filled summer with plenty of Latin flair!
Just a few miles west of Puerto Angel past Zipolite and Agustinillo is Mazunte; a quiet, undiscovered beach town with an old-time hippie vibe. It attracts a global scene of bohemian globetrotters looking for an escape. This is the spot where you can leave your shoes at the door (for good) and kick back in a hammock. Bare feet are expected in this quaint beachside village, and with only a handful of high and low range hotels, and a few fish taco joints, you'll never have a problem finding a spot on the beach. Come sunset, there's no better place to be than at the peak of La Ventanilla Beach. This beautiful and secluded corner of Mexico isn't easy to get to, but because of that, it's more than worth the trip.
Main image: Thadventuresofadr
Hana Waxman, a California-native and Mexico-based designer, mother, and world traveler, has called the charming seaside town of Sayulita her home for seven years. Find out about her favorite Sayulita haunts. What used to be a tranquil fish village less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta is now an ever-popular white sandy beach filled with surfers, expats, delicious restaurants, and pleasant b&b's. Its 3 main streets (none more than a 5-minute walk to the beach) are sprinkled with boutiques and its main square consists mostly of expats typing away on laptops. While it's certainly more developed and touristy than Mazunte, there is no doubt it's just as breathtaking.
Playa Del Carmen
Drive south along the coast for about one and half hours and you'll hit the third-largest city in Quintana Roo and the go-to spot for European socialites. Playa Del Carmen is packed with boho beach babes swimming in turquoise, crystal waters. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular here as the reefs and underwater life are spectacular -- look for sea turtles, stingrays, eels, and more. This hot spot is attracting more and more visitors every year, but it still maintains it cool, charming feel. Its proximity to Cancun, Tulum, and Coba make it a desirable getaway spot for those adventurous globetrotters.
Known as the "wild west" of Mexico's beaches, Puerto Escondido is one of the country's best surf spots. With secluded coves to explore to the east and waves begging to be surfed at Zicatela, this beach is an exclusive gem on Mexico's west coast. It's loved by boho surfers, adrenaline chasers, water sports addicts, and crowds from all corners of the globe. This town's nightlife is booming - with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and late night spots for dancing the night away, you'll never get bored. Tan by day, party by night, and enjoy the chilled out Mexican feel.