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6 Must-See Cheap Beaches in Mexico And Where to Stay on a Budget

Plan an inexpensive yet unforgettable getaway to one of these charming but cheap beaches in Mexico

When it comes to rest and relaxation, beach destinations are among the most popular getaways. But when thinking of a beachfront vacation in Mexico, the word “expensive” often comes to mind. We beg to differ: this need not be the case! Enjoying Mexico’s natural beauty doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. There are plenty of options to enjoy a few incredible days on some of the most luscious white sand at these affordable beaches across the country.

*This selection of accommodations was made in 2021 based on trivago data showing the average accommodation price for a double room, though these rates may vary throughout the years.

1. Puerto Escondido: Let Yourself be Pampered at Hotel Suites Villasol

Ideal for travelers who work remotely and are looking to stay for a while, the modern Hotel Suites Villasol offers an exceptional internet connection. Visitors can work or rest from cozy apartments equipped with kitchens, in one of two pools or surrounded by wonderful beach club sea views—just a brisk 5 minutes away on foot or via free shuttle service. With whales swimming nearby plus excellent food and drinks, what better office can you ask for?

This hotel’s rooms are very comfortable and colorful. They have free Wi- Fi, air conditioning and TV. For your convenience, they also offer two restaurants on-site: Pez Gallo and Bugambilias, both featuring Pacific Mexican cuisine. Otherwise, within a 10-minute drive, you can find a wide variety of dining options in the city center.

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2. Majahual: Las Cabañas del Doctor, the Perfect Place to Camp on the Beach

Located right on the beach and only 15 minutes south of the town center, Las Cabañas del Doctor (the Doctor’s Cabins) offers cabins in a camping area for up to six people. This is an excellent option for travelers looking for an experience in nature without lots of luxuries, but with all of the creature comforts.

All rooms feature air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, while the camping area offers spotless bathrooms. The spacious cabins also feature spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and are encircled by beautiful gardens.

Guests can relax surrounded by palm trees in hammocks found in the common areas — an ideal option for disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine.

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3. Barra de Navidad: Stay at Hidden Gem Casa Misifus Villas & Spa

Speaking of cheap beaches in Mexico: if you’re looking for a pleasant, quiet and inexpensive vacation, nothing beats Casa Misifus Villas & Spa. This magnificent villa, located just 100 meters from the beach, has five fully equipped rooms, plus complimentary breakfast and a spa at very affordable prices.

To cool off from the heat, take a dip in the pool surrounded by a garden. Better still, this stay is located just a five minute walk from the city center and about 15 minutes from the boardwalk.

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4. Zihuatanejo: The Best Pacific Ocean Views at Hotel Irma

Perched atop a cliff, Hotel Irma offers stunning views of Zihuatanejo Bay. In fact, it is one of the oldest and most respected places in the city, and the perfect spot for a family trip.

This hotel offers two room categories – we suggest one with an ocean view on the fifth or sixth floor. There is no elevator, but the view will make every drop of sweat worth it.

The location is ideal: about a five minute walk from Playa La Madera and less than 10 minutes by car from the city center. For your comfort, this stay has two pools—both with incredible sea views— along with a bar, a spa, and a restaurant serving typical Mexican cuisine.

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5. Isla de Holbox: Disconnect from the World at La Puerta Azul

If you are looking for a place that’s close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle, La Puerta Azul Beachfront is the perfect fit. This luxurious and modern boutique hotel has 14 rooms, suites and villas – all with private terraces. It is an adults-only hotel, making it a great place to go as a couple or with friends.

This accommodation is located in the middle of the jungle inside an incredible ecosystem. The beaches are very calm and the guest pool is refreshing. Trips to the city center along the beach take about 15 minutes on foot and are spectacular.

At Azulbleu (the exclusive restaurant run by Chef Federico López), the shrimp tacos, lobster pizza, and fish ceviche are some of the best you’ll find on the island. There is also a large amount of flora and fauna inhabiting its surroundings. Don’t be surprised if you come across colorful birds, iguanas, and starfish!

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6. Riviera Nayarit-Vallarta: Recharge at RIU Jalisco

If you are looking for cheap beaches in Mexico to vacation with your family, the Riu Jalisco hotel will surely exceed your expectations. This all-inclusive resort is located in front of the beautiful Bay of Banderas. In addition to having direct access to the beach, there is also a private stretch of sand for hotel guests only.

Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisine, as well as a steakhouse on the beach are among the gastronomic experiences on offer. To quench your thirst, the bar is open 24 hours a day. You can choose from one of its two pools or hot tubs and if you want to relax or exercise, there’s a gym and spa. For entertainment, there are plenty of adult and children programs to keep everyone amused. Clearly, boredom is non-existent at this five-star hotel.

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