BEACHES IN CHIAPAS

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Beaches in Chiapas

The Chiapas coast offers beautiful beaches where you can do a wide variety of water sports. There are beaches of great beauty that are characterized by their tranquility and that are ideal for you to relax and enjoy nature. However, it must be taken into account that many of them face the open sea, so the waves tend to be high and you must be careful to enjoy these waters.

Part of the coastal area is immersed in the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, so if you are a lover of venturing into nature, this is one of the places with more options, where you can find some of the largest red mangroves in all of America that are located in a series of estuaries that make the landscape unique.

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Map of the Beaches in Chiapas

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Pozuelos Lagoon (Laguna de Pozuelos)

It has a quiet beach and amazing mangrove systems, habitat for a great diversity of birds. It has a restaurant, palapas and pools. You can take a tour by boat or go fishing.

Pozuelos Lagoon
Pozuelos Lagoon
Barra San Simón

It is a gorgeous wide sandy beach divided by a pristine river estuary surrounded by exuberant vegetation, where you will find a variety of aquatic birds. The spectacular ocean side beach has strong surf. It is connected with the Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, in Las Palmas, by natural channels among a mangrove ecosystem.

San Carlos

A fishing village located within the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve. San Carlos Ecological Group offers various adventures on beaches and the mangroves, recognized as some of the tallest mangroves on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Here you will enjoy the exuberant evergreen tropical vegetation and a rich fauna. The little town is full of history, legends and traditions, beside you can taste a variety of traditional dishes. There are accommodation services, restaurants and boat rides.

Chocohuital

Sits between the ocean and a coastal lagoon with mangroves. You can take a boat tour to experience nature first hand, watch the colorful and diverse species of birds and the local fauna like crocodiles and alligators. Here, you can practice fishing, swimming and kayaking. It offers accommodation, including an interesting concept for nature lovers, and restaurants offering delicious seafood dishes.

Boca del Cielo
Boca del Cielo
Puerto Arista

This coastal town offers 32 miles of open sea beach in the middle of a mountain landscape, this is the main beach resort in Chiapas. The area is excellent for swimming, beach sports, horseback riding; motorcycle rides by the seashore, fishing and boat trips. Puerto Arista Turtle Sanctuary a state-sponsored turtle protection and preservation program located on a property with 500 hectares of mangroves and beaches; it allows visitors to participate in both the collection of eggs and liberation of hatchlings; even activities take place year round, most turtles come here to nest between July and November. Some of the nearby communities include Cabeza de Toro, which straddles the road linking Puerta Arista and Boca del Cielo (Mouth of Heaven) both on the La Joya Lagoon, which is separated from open ocean by a sliver of land or shoal broken in the middle.

Boca del Cielo (Mouth of Heaven)

This beach is on a swath of land separated from the mainland by La Joya lagoon, a beautiful place to take a small motorboat to explore the mangroves home of a diverse species of birds. The beach has fine grey sand with palm-thatched seaside eateries serving the local specialties of fresh lobster and coconut water. Swim or wade in the inlet and sign up at the sea turtle protection post, where visitors are welcome to accompany staffers on nightly beach patrols in search of turtle nests. The nesting season goes from August to November and during December; thousand of newborn turtles are liberated.

Playa Azul
Playa Azul
Costa Azul

In order to get this broad, flat expanse of gray volcanic sand you have to cross an estuary. It is a safer swimming beach than most Pacific coast areas, because the waves break far offshore. Take a boat ride, enjoy water sports, or you can camp in this beautiful beach. It has a restaurant, palapas and a small pier.

Barra Zacapulco

Located on a sand bar inside the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, it has large areas of mangroves. There is an ecotourism center with cabins, restaurant and cayuco (kind of canoe) rides.

La Lupe

Small fishing village located just 3 km from the turtle camp in Barra de Zacapulco. In this town you will find decorations made of seashells and snails, and coconut carvings.

El Ballenato

There is an ecoturistic resort in this beautiful sandy beach. This place features a contemporary and environmentally friendly design. There is a restaurant with regional cuisine, bird observatory and kayaks and canoe tours.

Barra de San José

This place has a variety of unpopulated pristine beaches. It has a restaurant, cabins and swimming pool. Tourist attractions include jet-ski, a boat ride along the estuary, swimming and fishing. The area has fish and shrimp farms, so it is an excellent place to enjoy fresh seafood.

Madresal Ecological Center
Madresal Ecological Center
Madresal Ecological Center

A nice place to enjoy wildlife, and admire animals as raccoons, alligators, eagles and porcupines, among others. It has cabins, restaurant and boat rides.

Palo Blanco Estuary

It is part of La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, consisting of lagoons and estuaries that interconnect along the Pacific Ocean, it has the tallest mangroves on the Pacific coast of the Americas.

Puerto Chiapas

The port receives various types of ships, including cruise liners. It has a 9-Km beach with dark gray sand and rough surf. In its surroundings you can visit: Playa Linda, ideal for fishing, hiking, boating and camping, it has palapa restaurants, and swimming pools. Playa San Benito, a nice place to see the natural flora and fauna of the perfect place to enjoy seafood. Playa Grande, are expanses of near-virgin beaches you can take boat rides and camping. It offers opportunities for cultural and historic tours, as well as eco-adventures; there are tours to coffee plantations, Tapachula, Tuxtla Chico, Union Juarez and the archaeological site of Izapa.

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