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We’ve just discovered this hidden Mexican beach and now we can’t cope

We were doing fine, reliving past adventures on Instagram and baking banana bread, then someone dropped us a press release about Mexico’s ‘hidden beach’, and now we can’t think of anything else.

Squirreled away in the UNESCO-recognised Marietas Islands National Park in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is a hidden beach formed by volcanic activity, accessible only by swimming through a tunnel.

If you want to visit when lockdown ends, this is how you do it…

The first thing is to hop on a charter boat or book a tour out to Marietas Islands National Park. This is a 45-minute ride from Punta Mita, in the south of Riviera Nayarit. Once there, you’ll have to jump from the  boat and swim close to the entrance. The beach is hidden underground, only accessible through a tunnel. So bring a snorkel.

The beach is hidden underground, only accessible through a tunnel. So bring a snorkel…

To access the hidden beach you’ll need to swim through a tunnel

You won’t need to worry that hundreds of others will have beaten you to the site.

Access to this “hidden beach” is restricted to 117 people per day, and everyone gets a time slot of 20 minutes (so don’t plan on having a picnic). Reservations are required, especially during the UK winter months, which is peak summer in Mexico.

The Islas Marietas are home to endangered bird species and rare coral reefs. There’s a good chance you’ll see turtles, humpback parrots and steel swallows, as well as exotic fish, dolphins and humpback whales. Keep a keen eye open for the blue-footed booby, which can only be found here…and the Galapagos Islands.

Access is limited to 20 minutes per visitor slot

To get to Riviera Nayarit (when things get back to normal, naturally) look to fly TUI to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Riviera Nayarit’s main airport from Manchester and London Gatwick. We would also expect daily connections using Aeromexico from London Heathrow via Mexico City airport.  

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