Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways

From the aquamarine waters of the Mayan Riviera to the secluded beaches of Costa Alegre, sun, sand, and serenity are just a short flight away.

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Sign up for the biggest attraction: tours to see pods of whale sharks, which thrive offshore.
Photographer David Tsay, Stylist Emily Henderson

Villas Paraíso del Mar, Isla Holbox

Seclusion factor: You take a ferry or boat to reach the island―look for porpoises on the way. Be ready for a rustic atmosphere. Streets are sand, so no one is in a hurry. Sign up for the biggest attraction: tours to see pods of whale sharks, which thrive offshore.

What makes it special: Here, you’ll find no nightclubs or crowds. Above all else, Holbox is a fishing village. You can’t find fresher snapper, lobster, or ceviche. For dessert, wander into Helados Maresa, a private home that doubles as an ice-cream parlor.

Cost: from $100 per night; 011/52/984/875-2062 or holbox-island.com

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