The guidebooks have pages dedicated to the large tourist traps up and down Mexico's Pacific Coast, and whilst you will undoubtedly find pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, you will have to share the vistas with countless other visitors. Travel off the beaten track, along the dusty roads of the Michoacan coast and you will discover something else entirely - Maruata.
Famous for Mexico's foremost Turtle conservation centre, Mazunte is also home to some of Oaxaca's most beautiful beaches. For independent travellers who enjoy a small town vibe, lying back and watching the world go by, this sleepy beach town is a great spot.
Barra de Nexpa reminded us that for a beach to be beautiful, you don't need golden sand and crystal clear waters.
'Zipolite te atrapa' and for good reason: this place is a little gem on Mexico's Oaxaca coast and you will probably struggle to leave.