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Km 265, Carretera Chetumal-Cancun, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Quintana Roo , Mexico

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Great value, Family-friendly

Xpu-Ha, one of Mexico’s most stunning beaches, is worth leaving Tulum for. The water here is impossibly blue and always warm and swimmable, and the sand is powder-fine. Hotel Esencia is located on this beach, but it’s also open to the public (you’ll find an entrance on the southern end). You could easily spend a whole day here. If you’re up for it, wander over to the abandoned hotel, Xpu-Ha Palace. There’s a mangrove-lined cenote hidden within, but beware—this is not for amateur swimmers.

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Xpu-Ha Beach

Xpu-Ha, one of Mexico’s most stunning beaches, is worth leaving Tulum for. The water here is impossibly blue and always warm and swimmable, and the sand is powder-fine. Hotel Esencia is located on this beach, but it’s also open to the public (you’ll find an entrance on the southern end). You could easily spend a whole day here. If you’re up for it, wander over to the abandoned hotel, Xpu-Ha Palace. There’s a mangrove-lined cenote hidden within, but beware—this is not for amateur swimmers.