The Best Latin American Beaches
Here’s our list. What’s on yours?


Redonda Bay, Nicaragua

The beach at the Aqua Wellness Resort at Redonda Bay in Nicaragua is a perfect crescent, with a shallow white sandy bottom, and an orientation that is protected from large swells by a cove, making bathing in the sandy waters warm, relaxing and comfortable. Leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles nest in the area, and sightings are frequent during nesting season.

(Aqua Wellness Resort)


(Finger Beach) Punta del Este, Uruguay

Los Dedos -- or Finger Beach -- a landmark oceanfront sculpture in Punta del Este, known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay on its southeastern coast.


(Barb Freda)


Bay Island of Roatan, Honduras

The Bay Island of Roatan sits off the Caribbean coast of Honduras, about 35 miles from the mainland. It's ideal for scuba divers and snorkelers, given its proximity to the second-longest coral reef in the world.

Source: Pristine Bay Resort


(Bocagrande) Cartagena, Colombia

Playa de Bocagrande -- Big Mouth Beach -- is one of the more popular beaches in Cartagena. Perched right on the edge of the city, locals consider sunset to be the best time of day to go for a dip.  

(Pedro Szekely)


(Kite Beach) Cabarete Beach, Dominican Republic

Cabarete Beach, on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast, is one of the top five kiteboarding and windsurfing beaches in the world. Often referred to as Kite Beach, Cabarete hosts a number of international championships each year, but on most days visitors will see the sky filled with hundreds of colorful kites carrying amateur and pro riders through the surf.


(Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)


(Copacabana) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The beaches in Rio -- Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon -- are famous throughout the world for people-watching to the party scene, not to mention the accessibility to the city center. Here's a birds-eye view of Copacabana.

Source: The Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau


Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The beaches along Mexico's Playa del Carmen boast turquoise Caribbean water, white sand beaches, and the world's second largest reef, making it perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. At the same time, it's still a fishing village at heart,  with plenty of fishing boats and friendly locals.

Source: Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen


San Blas Islands, Panama

The San Blas Islands are on Panama's Caribbean coast with 365 separate islands, most of which are uninhabited with stellar pristine beaches. The islands that are populated are the home of the Kuna Indians, an indigenous people who are known for their communal living and brightly colored embroidered fabrics.



Paulo Palha, founder of The Most Perfect View, a new hotel-booking site that allows users to book only the rooms with views – many of them are oceanfront – in some of the most iconic properties in the world.

(Courtesy of Paulo Palha)

The Best Latin American Beaches

Here’s our list. What’s on yours?

More From Our Sponsors