Costalegre, Jalisco: This area in the state of Jalisco features exclusive resort beaches as well as quiet stretches of sand at the ends of dirt roads.
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The Flamingo Coast, Yucatán: The Gulf Coast beaches stretching from Telchac Puerto to Celestún (pictured) are free of high-rise hotels. Most visitors rent houses.
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Mahahual, Quintana Roo: It's getting harder and harder to find a mellow Caribbean beach on the Riviera Maya. Almost all the way to Belize, however, the small settlement of Mahahual still feels sleepy and undiscovered.
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Puerto Escondido region, Oaxaca: At beautiful Playa Carrizalillo, beachgoers can rent a chair for the day and watch less skilled surfers taking lessons. The main beach, Playa Zicatela, is known for its high surfing waves.
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Puerto Arista, Chiapas: The Puerto Arista beach is 20 miles long (32 kilometers) so there's bound to be a quiet spot on the sand.
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Punta Mita Peninsula, Nayarit: The price of renting a villa or hotel suite within the gates of the Punta Mita development comes with the assurance of lounging on an uncrowded, pristine beach.
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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur: Todos Santos, about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, is home to a number of pristine beaches with room to roam.