Considered to be the location where a meteorite hit the Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, this is also home to the oldest church in the Americas as well as the longest pier in the world. While these are three enticing reasons for visiting the beaches of Yucatán, the top reason is certainly its beauty. So, start packing your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Once you confirm your reservation at any of our two hotels in Merida – Hampton Inn by Hilton Merida or Hilton Garden Inn Merida – your next step is to start planning which of the following beaches you’ll visit.
Playa Las Coloradas
There is no other way to explain it other than to say that this place is a dream come true. The blue skies and clouds are reflected in the immensity of a pink pool, which is this special beach nestled within the Ría Lagartos Natural Park. Its intense pink color is due to its high concentration of salt and plankton. It is almost impossible to imagine the sunsets on this beach, so don’t even try, come see them yourself. In addition, we recommend you take advantage of your visit to this park and marvel at the flocks of Mexican flamingos.
A virgin beach of white sands, clear skies, plenty of sun and calm waters await you in Telchac Puerto. Just one hour from Merida, rest assured you will spend a perfect day here, crossing off all the needs on your checklist. Nearby you can visit the ecological refuge of migratory birds as well as the archaeological zone. But there’s no harm in leaving that for next time and simply enjoying the view, cooling off in the water and breathing in the fresh air.
At this enchanting beach, the past will assume new significance. In that moment when you lay out your towel and look out over the sea towards the horizon, all you will think about is how this captivating view is same as it’s been for centuries. Its green waters and soft white sand are like stepping into heaven, and the R&R you’ve been waiting for. Here you can spend a quiet day surrounded by purity or exploring colonial history.
At the Ría Celestún Special Biosphere Reserve, you will find one of the best beaches in the Yucatan. Besides being a sanctuary for pink flamingos and a destination for migratory birds, which you can travel through by boat, it is an ideal place to rest and enjoy the sea and breeze. Playa Celestún is characterized by its calm waters and abundant vegetation. You can also visit Baldiosera’s water eye, a spring of crystalline water, and the petrified forest of Tampetán and Punta Pelícanos. Another beach that you can visit here is the Ximxim with its emerald waters and sand teeming with snails and shells.
Playa Puerto Progreso
One of the most popular beaches is Puerto Progreso. You can walk along the boardwalk and take in the greatness of the sea, or you can go boating or surfing. It is an ideal place to spend the day with your family and friends, and if you feel like exploring further, we recommend you visit the El Corchito ecological reserve, where you can swim in a cenote.
Chicxulub, which in Mayan means “well where they make a cuckold,” is the location where the meteorite struck the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Its beach is as spectacular as you would expect it to be. Its crystal clear and calm waters make this place the best destination to rest and forget your daily routine. You can also practice water sports, fish or relax, enjoy the view and sunbathe. It’s your choice!
Playa Chelem y Playa Dzilam
If you want to escape from reality and get lost at sea, then Playa Chelem is the place for you. This is where you can also enjoy the night to do some light shopping and even play some games. There is also the virgin beach of Dzilam de Bravo, where you can take a boat excursion to Las Bocas, which is known to be where the river meets the sea or also go to Punta Arenas. This is where ecotourism abounds, and you can visit water holes and the Elepetén cenote.
Finally, we recommend Playa Uaymitun. It is undoubtedly one of the most perfect beaches you will visit during your stay. The tranquility and crystallinity of its waters will surprise you. It also offers the most idyllic backdrop for your photos. Do not miss the opportunity to get to know this oasis.
We invite you to get to first-hand the best beaches in Merida, where you can relax in a holiday paradise and where all you need to worry about is which beach to visit next. Let us take care of the rest.