What Bodies of Water Are in Mexico?

You can find beautiful beaches in coastal Mexico.
You can find beautiful beaches in coastal Mexico. (Image: Mexico image by Francesca Walker from Fotolia.com)

Many people visit Mexico for both its Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico beaches. However, Mexico is also home to various bodies of water that make for interesting places to visit.


Lake Chapala, located on the border of the Jalisco and Michoacan states, is Mexico's largest freshwater lake. The lake is known for the large expatriate community of Americans and Canadians that live on its shores.

Many anglers visit Mexico to fish for bass in its lakes. One popular destination is Lake Baccarac in the state of Sinaloa. Although it is a man-made reservoir, its waters come from the Sinaloa River.

The Lagos de Montebello, near the Guatemala border, are an attraction for swimmers in the area. There are more than 50 lakes in this region with clear, turquoise waters.


The Río Bravo del Norte, known as the Rio Grande in the United States, serves as a border for Mexico and the US. According to the Handbook of Texas Online, it is either the fourth or fifth longest river in the United States, depending on how it is measured. Mexico is also home to numerous underground rivers. For example, what may the world's longest underground river at 95 miles was discovered in Mexico, according to National Geographic.


Much of Mexico's western coast borders the Pacific Ocean while its eastern side rests against the Gulf of Mexico, making it a popular destinations for tourists. The Gulf of California, also called the Sea of Cortes, is a body of water in between the Mexican mainland and Baja California. According to the University of Texas at Dallas, this is one of the youngest and most nutrient filled bodies of water on the planet, making it a haven for marine life.

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