Escape Cancun crowds: 7 quieter Mexico beach towns for your next vacation


Located about three hours south of Cancun, Akumal offers a quieter escape known for its pristine beaches and lush jungles. Activities include snorkeling with sea turtles in Half Moon Bay and swimming in the enclosed cenote Yal-Ku Lagoon.

Puerto Escondido

Situated in the state of Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido is renowned for its world-class surfing breaks and laid-back lifestyle. Travelers can enjoy trendy bars in Zicatela or the relaxed vibes of La Punta.

Isla Holbox

For a secluded beachside retreat, head to Isla Holbox, a car-free island off the Yucatan Peninsula coast.


Huatulco boasts 36 beaches and nine bays, offering endless sunny weather and various activities like kayaking, hiking waterfalls, or scuba diving.


Retaining its former hippie culture, Zipolite on the Pacific coast in Oaxaca offers a laid-back atmosphere and eco-tourism focus.

Todos Santos

An hour's drive from Los Cabos International Airport, Todos Santos is a haven for artists and creatives known for its colonial architecture.


Despite growing popularity, Mahahual maintains its charm as a fishing village. Travelers can explore by bicycle, enjoy scenic streets, and discover vibrant marine life, including coral, crocodiles, and sunken ships at Banco Chinchorro.