With two beautiful coasts to choose from, superb proximity to the USA, and so many diverse cities by water, Mexico is one of the greatest beach destinations. On the east side, gorgeous, warm, sandy white beaches are washed by the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. On the west side, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean line a landscape of diverse beauty. No matter where you land, you’ll find shorelines ideal for sunning, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and more. You’ll experience cities and towns that range from quaint to cosmopolitan, with unlimited opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and dining. Mexico’s year-round mild climate is perfect for that quick winter getaway or a well-deserved summer break.
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Cancun & Riviera Maya
Called The City of the Sun, Cancun’s history is rich – it has been the hunting and fishing grounds to the ancient civilization of the Maya, a haven for pirates, and most recently a small fishing village.
Today, Cancun is a thriving vacation destination with an average temperature of 80 degrees, relatively little rain, and pristine white beaches. The warm turquoise waters offer excellent snorkeling, diving, and just about every watersport imaginable. Shopping is plentiful with many outdoor markets and malls.
To the south of Cancun, bursting with scenic and natural wonders, the Riviera Maya is taking shape as another unique vacation area. The pace is relaxed and perfect for the escapist looking for a bit of adventure along with great beaches. This region is made up of small independent communities providing infinite possibilities for exploration and enjoyment. The second largest reef system in the world, the Great Maya Reef, runs along the coastline. There are also hundreds of archaelogical sites, remnants of the Mayan civilization.
Located just south of Cancun, Cozumel is Mexico’s largest inhabited island — although most of the island is sparsely populated.
Cozumel is a relaxed beach destination with a slow-paced atmosphere day and night. It boasts outstanding snorkeling and diving – especially around Palancar Reef, a mountainous underwater formation six miles long and 300 feet high, considered one of the world’s best diving locations.
Cozumel is also known for good deep-sea fishing, particularly sailfish.
Cozumel was considered a sacred area to the Mayan civilization. There are three Mayan ruin sites, including El Cedral. It also has a more recent claim to fame as a base for pirates such as Captain Henry Morgan, during the 17th century.
At the very end of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet, is a unique Mexico beach resort area. Called Los Cabos, (meaning “the ends”) it consists of two towns: San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. San Jose, a 200-year-old town with low-lying houses, central plaza, and sedate setting, is more traditional and “old” Mexico. Cabo San Lucas, in comparison, is modern, with plenty of shopping and bustling activity day and night.
Almost everything in Los Cabos involves natural beauty. There are isolated beaches, desert landscapes, unique rock formations, and scenic bluffs. Sporting opportunities include deep-sea fishing, and fascinating dive sites. Over the last few years, Los Cabos has also become a world-class golf destination.
Once a tiny fishing village, Puerto Vallarta retains the timeless, laid-back feeling of “Old Mexico.” while also being known as a “picturesque paradise”. The combination of sand and sunshine with old-fashioned Mexican charm is what makes Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico’s favorite resort areas. Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by lush mountains on one side and the 25-mile-long Bay of Banderas on the other.
This scenic locale is punctuated with winding, stone-paved streets bordered by old buildings with red-tile roofs. You can horseback ride along mountain trails or walk to a scenic waterfall.
Other Mexico Destinations
Don’t forget Ixtapa, Mazatlan and Acapulco. Click on the Top Tour and Vacation Providers for more information on these destinations, and the great vacation packages available.