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Andy Turner

Mexico boasts a mesmerizing coastline of around 9,330km, with millions of tourists coming here solely for the country’s exceptional beaches. The following have been selected as much for the scene – whether backpacker or spring-breaker – as much as sand quality, water and scenery.

Bahía Cacaluta Wonderfully isolated Huatulco beach, accessible only by boat.

Mahahual A real castaway, end-of-the-world beach.

Playa La Audiencia, Manzanillo Bay Perfect cove of honey-coloured sands.

Playa Balandra, La Paz Family friendly, shallow lagoons of crystal-clear water.

Playa Maruata, Michoacán Long, wild and mostly empty.

Playa El Requesón Gorgeous spit of sand jutting into the Sea of Cortés and surrounded

by cactus-spiked mountains.

Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo Classic Pacific resort beach, hemmed in by palm trees.

Tulum Mayan ruins, pristine Caribbean waters and silky sands.

Yelapa, Puerto Vallarta Another beach only accessible by boat, lined with fun bars and palapa restaurants.

Zipolite This laidback beach is a great place to just chill out.

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