Imagine a beach completely tucked away inside a cave with a cavernous opening in the roof to let the perfect amount of sunlight enter. That is Mexico’s Hidden Beach, and it’s undeniably one of the most interesting beaches in the world. Located just a 1-hour-long boat ride from Puerto Vallarta on the Islas Marietas, the only way to reach the golden sand at Hidden Beach is to jump off a boat and swim or kayak through a tunnel to shore. It is said that the hole in the roof of the cave, creating an ideal sunbathing area, was made when Mexican forces were engaging in bombing practice during World War I. Despite the hole’s not-so-natural creation, the result is one of the most awe-inspiring stretches of sand in the world. With only a few visitors allowed on the beach at one time, you will get to experience the lush beauty and exquisite scenery in an intimate setting hidden from the world.
Venturing to Mexico’s Hidden Beach takes a bit more effort due to its hidden nature and remoteness. Fly from major airports across various countries into Cancun or Cozumel and then begin the next step of the journey. Canadian citizens can take direct flights from Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver operated by Air Transat, WestJet and Air Canada. Resident of the United States travel from Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Chicago. Public travel, rental cars, and transportation services are all available from the airport to get you closer to your destination. However, the fun comes in finding yourself hidden away on the beach. Visitors go on a short boat ride through crystal blue waters and find themselves having to dive in and swim to reach these golden sands. The experience is worth every second of travel.