What is the most charming beach town you've ever been to in Mexico?
May 3, 2022 3:25 PM   Subscribe

We are looking to rent a place in a picturesque coastal town where there are no cruise ships or high rises or big-name resorts. What are your hidden-gems recommendations?

Looking to rent a bungalow for a month and would love a town that's charming and pretty, and right by the ocean. We speak a bit of Spanish and don't mind a place that's pretty far off the beaten path -- however we'd like to stay out of any areas where tourists should avoid right now. (We've been to Todos Santos already.) Thank you!
posted by egeanin to Travel & Transportation around Mexico (8 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Yelapa.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:03 PM on May 3, 2022

Best answer: Puerto Escondido
posted by doornoise at 5:49 AM on May 4, 2022

Best answer: I'm not sure if charming is quite the word for it, but Sayulita is a fun town. No high rises nor cruise ships. Tourists have definitely discovered it, but it's still smallish.
posted by DrumsIntheDeep at 6:55 AM on May 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Best answer: San Blas.

[Edit: also, Santa Rosalia isn't really what I'd call a beach town. But, it's overwhelmingly charming and has beaches nearby. Second edit: the one in Baja Sur.]
posted by eotvos at 7:29 AM on May 4, 2022

(Note that San Blas does have significant tourism and is famous as a surfer destination. Most of it was people from within the country, at least the last time I was there. It certainly didn't feel like a spring-break resort.)
posted by eotvos at 7:41 AM on May 4, 2022

Best answer: Check out the Oaxaca coast east of Puerto Escondido. Depends on what vibe you’re looking for, but I personally like Mazunte and Crucecita.
posted by doctord at 8:12 AM on May 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Another vote for the Oaxaca coast, esp. Mazunte and its next-door neighbor San Agustinillo
posted by quiet wanderer at 9:03 AM on May 4, 2022

Best answer: Loreto in Baja
posted by knownassociate at 9:27 AM on May 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

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