A series of beautiful, warm and peaceful beaches are found both in Ciudad del Carmen and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (still within the big island). Half a dozen of them are famous and identified by name. Among the most interesting and accessible next to the urban area of Ciudad del Carmen are Caracol Beach and Manigua Beach. The first one is reached by Francisco I. Madero Street and the second by 16 de Septiembre Avenue. Both are to the south of the city, in front of Lagoon of Terms. They are beaches of very soft waves, so that they are ideal to go with children. Between them there is a natural area with dense mangroves and abundant birds. On the other side of the city, in front of the Gulf of Mexico this North Beach, which is accessed from the center by the avenue López Mateos (26th Street). This beach is wider, has a little more surf and is more crowded. It is also home to the Fiesta del Mar and the July Fair.
The beaches of fine sand and waters of lovely blue and green tones continue for almost 40 km of the north coast of the island. A famous stretch is 16.5 km northeast of Ciudad del Carmen on Federal Highway No. 180 (there is no other). This is Playa Bahamitas: long, wide, fine sand (although with shells, clams and starfish) and bathed by crystal clear waters. It ends the nororiente in a curve called Punta Brigitte Bardot, named after because the famous French diva once happened. There are other more beaches, such as Tortugueros, until you reach the northeastern tip of Isla del Carmen, where you will find another dream corner: Playa Puerto Real, very close to where the bridge connecting the island with Isla Aguada begins. It is a beach of 500 meters, with a very gentle slope and emerald waters. With all these beaches it is incredible that normally the name of Ciudad del Carmen is associated with the oil industry, shrimp fishing or English pirates and not with paradise.