How could we only choose 7! We understand this is a pretty big call, and we couldn’t name them all, but after traveling extensively throughout Latin America we think we’ve narrowed down a pretty decent list. If you’re a beach lover you’re going to love our list of the 7 best beaches of Latin America.
1. The Corn Islands, Nicaragua
How could we go past this place as number 1? Apart from being incredibly untouched and underdeveloped, the islands have sensational stretches of white sand surrounded by nothing but turquoise waters and blue skies. Both Big Corn and Little Corn boast impressive beaches, but it was the added isolation of Little Corn Island that really topped it of for us.
2. El Esteron, El Salvador
It’s quiet, it’s beautiful and you can have it all to yourself when you make your way towards Playa El Esteron. We stayed at La Tortuga Verde, where we would literally step out of our room and straight onto the beach. Walk along miles of desolate beach and wonder how it gets better than this.
3. Ancon, Cuba
Nestled just outside the colonial city of Trinidad, this beach offers another picture perfect description of the Caribbean; glistening white sand, warm waters and a baking sun. Hire a bicycle from Trinidad and ride the 10km (6 mile) road through the lush green countryside and onto the beach. Don’t forget to pack some rum!
4. La Punta, Mexico
This quiet beach town is a perfect escape from the noisy and touristy Puerto Escondido. Apart from having some great waves for surfing, it’s got a chilled out beach vibe that doesn’t get too crowded. Take a walk around the point and discover some empty beaches to have a swim or just sit and admire the sunset.
5. Palomino, Colombia
Take a beautiful Northern Colombia beach town on the Caribbean, add a mile long stretch of white sand, add a couple of hammocks strung between coconut trees and now subtract your worries and the rest of the world. That’s what you get at this roadside town that offers some of the best beach relaxing in all of Colombia.
6. Playa Lopez Mendez, Brazil
Lopes Mendez is a cruisey 30 minute boat ride from the main village, but if you really want to earn your relaxing dip in the ocean you can opt for a 3 hour hike through the jungle. This beach is absolutely huge, so even in the high season you can look forward to carving out some space for yourself.
7. San Andreas, Colombia
It’s not the easiest place to get to, but catching a flight out to the island of San Andreas is well worth the effort for the remote beaches and easy living lifestyle. In true Caribbean fashion expect plenty of fresh seafood and lots of Bob Marley. Be sure to check out Rocky Cay, with it’s abandoned ship that you can swim out to and explore.