Mexico pretty much has it all. Gorgeous scenery, friendly people, fabulous food, and incredible beaches. While the resort beaches of Cancun are worth seeing, you’d be missing out if you didn’t find the secret beach on Isla Marietas. Between days exploring the colorful streets of Mexico and teaching English to your cute kids, ILP volunteers have the chance to vacation all around this country (and hitting up all the spots most tourists miss).
See what else your vacation is missing with our Mexico Destination Guide; it’s full of tips, recommended spots, our favorite beaches, hotel suggestions, and more.
We Love Isla Marietas
Okay, so technically it’s not really a secret because people go there daily, but even still, it’s more than worth your time. These volcanic islands are small, uninhabited and totally beautiful.
Here's how you get here — Take a boat ride off the mainland (book it in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ) for an unforgettable day trip. There’s tons to do in Puerto Vallarta, and is one place our ILP volunteers in Mexico love to go, but taking a boat over to Isla Marietas is worth your time.
Swim Under This Crater
A boat ride over will drop you off on a lush jungle, where an enormous crater that opens up to reveal a hidden beach, also known as Love Beach. We are talking white sand and crystal clear water that isn’t visible from the outside. At the bottom of a jungle crater. In the middle of a volcanic island.
Oh yeah, the only way to get to this beach is through the water tunnel that connects to the Pacific Ocean. Seriously! Play the part of some sort of adventure hero by swimming or kayaking your way through the tunnel to reach the beach.
Spend a relaxing day soaking in the sunshine and sand on this beach, and sneaking a glimpse at the birds that call this island their home. You can book a tour snorkeling or scuba diving the reef on the island’s coast if you don’t want to lounge on the Hidden Beach all day long.
Once your adventure is over, see if you can spot the sea turtles or whales (or pirates!) that swim the coastline as you make your way back to Puerto Vallarta.
Sometime on your semester abroad in Mexico, don’t forget to see have some rad adventures — and be sure to add this beach on your list of things to do in Mexico.
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