Mexico beaches overview

Mexico remains the top vacation destination for Expert Family Travel and for good reason:  easy striking distance, many flight options, a wide variety of beachfront resorts, and a great bang for the buck. Here are the Mexico resorts areas we currently offer:

Riviera Maya

Located just south of Cancun along the Yucatan peninsula’s Caribbean coast.  This area is 112 miles of coast and includes Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum.  Most resorts are all-inclusive, with a variety of family friendly, adults only, mega-sized, and boutique-sized for all budgets.


A barrier island in the shape of a “7” this 14-mile resort area is on the Yucatan’s Caribbean coast.  Plenty of flights from major US airports daily.  Resorts are mostly all-inclusive.  While there are some wonderful family-friendly resorts in Cancun, the area is better known for the nightlife & shopping appealing to adults.

Finest Playa Mujeres Resort

Playa Mujeres & Isla Mujeres

“The Island of Women” and its associated mainland beach (to catch the ferry), this area is just north of Cancun Island.  Playa Mujeres has enjoyed recent development with new upscale to luxury all-inclusive resorts.  Isla Mujeres remains a sleepy getaway island with a few choice boutique-sized all-inclusives.


A Caribbean island just off Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is best known for exceptional diving.  The resorts here are smaller and more in the 3 to 4 star range.  Nonstop year-round flights from DFW, Houston, and Atlanta.

Puerto Vallarta

Shifting gears and heading to the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta sits on beautiful Banderas Bay.  There are three distinct resort areas:  Puerto Vallarta city area, the stretch of beach called Riviera Nayarit, and the relatively new development of Punta Mita.  Resorts here are all-inclusive or European Plan, from boutique to large in size.  The resorts are an exceptional “bang for the buck” though air can sometimes be pricey.  Whale watching is a popular activity in the winter months, and the Sierra Madre Mountains offer fun activities such as zip lining.

Los Cabos

A beautiful destination on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, this is where the desert meets the sea.  The area was hit by a hurricane a year ago (Sep 14, 2014) but has recovered fully at this point.  Cabos has the roughest currents of the destinations listed here, so is not the best choice if you are looking for calm water at your resort but the scenery is gorgeous.  Great golfing and nightlife.


Ixtapa, Mexico


Located on the Pacific side, this is great if you are looking for a quiet escape, or just to try something different.  Most US departure cities will require a connecting flight.  My favorite accommodations in the area are small and romantic though there are some mid-size family friendly options as well.  Most resorts are not all-inclusive.