Where are the closest coastal beaches to Patzcuaro, Morelia, San Miguel, Queretaro, or Guanajuato? It’s a long story. About 155 miles long.
When most of us think of Michoacan, we think about life at an altitude of 7,200 feet around Lake Patzcuaro. Or, a little lower in Morelia. We don’t visualize Michoacan at sea level or the Michoacan coast, but we should.
The 155 miles of coastline in Michoacan are some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Dozens of the Michoacan beaches are untouched, with vast, yellow sanded coastlines. A handful of beaches are hidden by bird estuaries, with some between cliffs and coves. Other beaches are at the mouths of calming rivers, suitable for swimming and sunbathing. Other beaches require a surfboard. A few beaches require an appetite, to eat the delicious sea food being served.
The closest beach is Playa Azul, outside Lazaro Cardenas. It is the southern edge and the beginning of the coast of Michoacan, with some of the most unspoiled beaches in Mexico. Highway 200 follows the coastline for easy driving. Buses will drop-off or pick-up passengers anywhere.
When you go to Playa Azul, don't miss the boat trip on Laguna Pichi, a freshwater Lake about a mile and a half, east of town. The Lake is surrounded by a mangrove forest with Palm trees, and plenty of seafood enramadas.
Some travelers prefer the beaches to the north of Playa Azul, about 30 miles further up the coast to Caleta de Campos. Friends stayed in Hotel Yuritzi in Caleta and thoroughly enjoyed it. Be sure to ask for a room on the second floor. Another friend reported that “Caleta is an unpolluted and unspoiled little town. Sea food is wonderful and inexpensive.”
Playa Maruata is considered the most beautiful beach in Michoacan. The three beaches each offer something different, including death, at Playa de los Muertos. This place is so rustic, it’s camping, palapas or cabanas, with no hotels. Centro Ecoturistico Maruata has very nice cabanas over-looking the beach.
Please understand we are not talking about Ixtapa or other resorts. We are talking about the beaches of Michoacan, the closest beaches, which are primitive, rustic, secluded, unspoiled, golden and delicious, if you like to eat.
If that fits your definition of a beach, come-on over to the other side of the colonial highlands and drop down to an unspoiled, coastal paradise to the beaches of Michoacan.