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Playa Delfines (aka El Mirador), Cancun
When people think of Cancun, two things often come to mind: drop-dead-gorgeous beaches and tons of tourists. For a lot of the former and none of the latter, head to Playa Delfines. Its location at the edge of the hotel strip means you can relish the warm turquoise water and powdery sand without rubbing elbows with other sunbathers.
How to get there: Head to the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, near kilometer marker 17 of Kukulcan Boulevard -- any taxi can take you there.
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Playa La Boquilla, Oaxaca
If privacy plus beach time sounds like the perfect honeymoon pairing, there's no better spot than this secluded cove on Mexico's southern Pacific coast. It's also home to the charming (and affordable) Bahia de la Luna hotel.
How to get there: Fly into Huatulco (40 minutes from La Boquilla by car) or Puerto Escondido (75 minutes away), then take a taxi. Or, water taxis, available from nearby Puerto Angel, will drop you off right on the beach.
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Playa de Isla Holbox, Isla Holbox
This island off the Yucatan Peninsula has a population of just 2,000 -- mainly fishermen and divers. While Holbox (pronounced hole-BOSCH) is known for the whale sharks that congregate offshore from June to September, its lovely 7-mile-long beach is just as impressive. Strolling down it hand in hand is sure to be one of your favorite honeymoon memories.
How to get there: Take the ferry from Chiquila on the mainland; the crossing takes 30 minutes. Once you arrive, the beach is right next to the island's only town -- you couldn't miss it if you tried.
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Playa de Tulum, Tulum
While some beaches sport palm trees and others hold thatched bars, this one on the Yucatan Peninsula is home to a Mayan temple. How's that for scenery? The beautifully preserved ruins sit on a cliff right at the water's edge, and brilliant white beaches fan out from both sides. Clear some space on your camera's memory card -- you're going to need it.
How to get there: Tours can be arranged from any hotel in the Cancun or Playa del Carmen region, with many stopping at nearby Xel-Ha -- a nature-made aquarium offering unparalleled snorkeling opportunities. If you want to avoid the tour-bus scene, rent a car from the resort areas. Tulum is 80 miles from Cancun and 40 from Playa Del Carmen.
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Playa Malpasos, Sayulita
Within the Riviera Nayarit area on the Pacific Coast, Sayulita has seen the arrival of honeymoon-worthy hotels but remains alluringly authentic. Playa Malpasos, a long ribbon of buttery yellow sand backed by lush jungle, is a tranquil option to while away the day -- it's two miles north of town, and you can only get there by walking. There are no amenities here, so make sure to tote whatever you might need.
How to get there: From downtown Sayulita, head north along Avenue del Palmar until the street ends. Cross the creek, and though the trail curves with the water to the right, continue straight ahead toward the boulders. Climb over them, then follow the dirt track. When a path forks off to the left, keep going straight, passing through an open gate. Finally the trail will angle to the left, right down to the beach.
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