Top Mexican Vacation Destinations
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Awe-inspiring resorts, set on powdery sands on sprawling coastlines. Darling coastal villages, where fútbol is played by youngsters on the same streets the greatest European conquistadors and Aztec, Incan, and Mayan warriors once strode; where old traditions live on, tortillas are still handmade, chocolate is served spiced, and Mayan and Nahuatl flows like the rivers that run through the country’s jungle.
These are only some of the lasting impressions made by the United Mexican States, the 11th most populated country in the world, to the 15-16 million Americans who cross the second-longest border in the world each year in search of paradise. From Baja California to the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gulf of Mexico to the Sea of Cortez, the magic of Mexico awaits, each destination eager to make its own lasting impression.
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Top Mexican Destinations
Mexico is a favorite vacation spot for American visitors for so many reasons. Sure, it’s close (making for a fast flight). But, what really draws people to it is Mexico’s rich culture combined with its natural beauty. Picture sunshine and palm-fringed beaches, lively festivals deep-rooted in tradition, and spiced-up cuisine that’s as diverse as the landscape. Mexico an experience that will have you coming back again and again. So whether you’re planning your first trip south of the border or have visited in the past, here are our four favorite Mexican vacation destinations welcoming American tourists right now.
While Cancun wears its reputation of being a partygoer’s paradise with pride, it’s actually the destination’s softer side that will truly win you over. Along with its sapphire waters, white sand beaches, and spectacular sunsets, you’ll get to experience markets filled with handcrafted goods, luxury resorts and spas, decadent international cuisine, and countless options for all types of water activities. From exploring the world-famous Mayan ruins (just a day trip away) touring the majestic mangroves, your epic adventures await.
From the pristine blue waters of the Sea of Cortez to the cacti-filled desert and rocky mountainsides, this incredible destination at the tip of the Baja peninsula is full of magical contrasts. In ideal location for anyone who wants to check off as many activities as possible, Los Cabos offers plenty of experiences for the thrill seeker. Beyond the typical snorkeling and surfing, you can also swim with whale sharks, zipline 300 feet above washed-out canyons, ride camels on the beach, and rock climb the Sierra de Laguna Dry Forest for some amazing views.
Whether it’s a celebratory destination wedding, an all-inclusive family adventure, or a romantic, adults-only getaway, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most versatile vacation spots. You can swim and interact with dolphins in the wild , get in a game at one of the world-class golf courses at Playa Norte, cross the Jorullo suspensive bridge by ATV over a lush jungle, and sip a cocktail on the golden sands along the shore. Downtown you can stroll on the iconic mile-long esplanade, the Malecón, attend a festival at the Kiosk, and take in spectacular views of the Banderas Bay.
Riviera Maya – Tulum
South of Cancun you’ll find the sublime and relaxing paradise of the Riviera Maya, a secluded slice of Mexico’s Caribbean coast surrounded by the lush natural beauty of the Yucatan and plenty of places to visit. One of those, Tulum, is famed for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city along with its pristine beaches and the Parque Nacional Tulum, filled with cenotes and mangroves. Nearby you can zipline into the sacred subterranean caverns of LabnaHa Eco Park, swim within the world’s three longest-running underwater cave systems, and visit the impressive, world-famous ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. Of course, while Tulum is buzzing with activities, you can always end the day on a beachside hammock with your favorite cocktail as the sun sets into the sea.
Riviera Maya – Playa del Carmen
Once a small fishing village, Playa del Carmen has seen impressive population growth since the 1990s. Referred to simply as “Playa” by locals, it is a haven for foodies, golfers, newlyweds, and shoppers who want everything from local handicrafts to familiar name brands. Playa del Carmen is famous for its La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), lined with shops, restaurants, and bars as palm trees adorned with twinkling lights sway in the breeze. Nearby is the Meso-American Barrier Reef—the second largest coral reef in the world—full of amazing species that draws in snorkelers and scuba divers from around the world.
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Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico, along the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline. It is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Playa del Carmen boasts a wide array of tourist activities due to its geographical location in the Riviera Maya. It has also been the destination of PGA Tour golf tournaments and the set location for various television shows. Playa is a stop for several cruise ships which dock at the nearby Calica quarry docks, about six miles south of the city. The Xcaret Eco Park, a Mexican-themed "eco-archaeological park", is a popular tourist destination located just south of the town in Xcaret (pronounced "shkar-et").
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 making it the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco, and the second largest urban agglomeration in the state after the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River). Around the Bay, marvellous beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous while five star resorts, world-class shopping and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveller. Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, passes by any number of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and often plays host to mimes, break-dancers, clowns and artists.