When you imagine Mexico, your mind probably goes to beautiful beaches, piñatas, tacos, tequila, chocolate and Mayan temples. When it comes to vibrant, spicy and colourful countries, Mexico delivers it all at a non-stop pace faster than a Mexican jumping bean on fire.
So where will you land, little bean? Let’s look at three of the top Mexican destinations and see if you can decide.
Beautiful Cancun is a happening city at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is a beautiful beach destination with something for everyone.
If you crave beach life, head to a luxury resort on the beachfront of Zona Hotelera (the hotel zone), where you can laze in your sun chair right on the white sand beach. You won’t have far to go to the water’s edge, back to your room, or for shopping and dining options, so if relaxing is high on your agenda, this is the place to be. Many resorts have all-inclusive deals, swimming pools, spas, casinos, shopping, and entertainment, so you can stay right in your resort if you need to rejuvenate and recharge.
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Playa Chac Mool, Playa Delfines, Tulum Beach, Playa Norte Isla Mujeres, Playacar Beach, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Playa Maroma and Akumal Beach. By now, you probably know playa translates to the beach in Mexican!
Foodies will be in heaven with a wide range of dining and drinking options in Cancun. You can get local dishes that are fresh and authentic, and if you have a craving for international food, you can easily find that. Save a night for dinner and a show with an open bar aboard a pirate ship – what could be more fun?
Take a luxury boat trip and go swimming, snorkelling, or diving in the underwater world of Cancun.
Snorkelling and diving are amazing in Cancun. If you are new to diving, some resorts give complimentary lessons in the pool before you commit to a course. It will be worth the effort to get your dive certificate. There is even a non-profit underwater museum with 500 sculptures to see, not to mention colourful fish, dolphins, turtles and other sea life.
Besides water sports, there is epic hiking, tours, shopping, and nightlife to keep you entertained. Seeing the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza will be a highlight of your time in Cancun for sure.
Playa del Carmen is a famous coastal resort town in Mexico, along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean coastline.
Those palm-lined beaches and coral reefs you saw in the travel magazines are real, but perhaps more beautiful in real life. Sunseekers will adore Parque Fundadores near Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue Playa Del Carmen ), the main area for shopping, entertainment and nightlife. You have Calle 10 Beach, Mamitas Beach, Playacar Beach, Coco Reed and Calle 2 Beach for a quieter scene. It’s hard to choose a favourite because they are all pristine, pretty and tropical.
Playa Del Carmen has food and drink options for every budget and taste. From bakeries to beach clubs to bars and restaurants, you will never go hungry. The spice factor in Mexican food might be toned down in many places to accommodate the many tourists but simply request food spicy if you like it hot.
Don’t leave without trying Elote, which is a local street food snack of grilled corn covered with mayonnaise and cayenne pepper paste.
You will have plenty to do in Playa Del Carmen, from lazy beach days to tourist attractions, including shopping and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.
Xcaret Park is an eco-archaeological theme park where you can swim in an underwater river. To get back to nature with a hike and a swim, visit Cenote Cristalino, a natural pool in a protected forest.
The Frida Kahlo Museum is a place to learn about one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. The 3D Museum of Wonders is fun and something different.
Nightlife in Playa Del Carmen is always going off, and you might like to try a salsa club to get a taste of how the locals like to dance before hitting some bars and nightclubs.
Puerto Vallarta is an upmarket resort town in the state of Jalisco. Known for stunning beaches, thrilling water sports and a fun nightlife scene, you will be having a fabulous vacation for sure.
There are many nice beaches to soak up the sun and go swimming or try water sports. Some of the best are Playa Boca de Tomates, Playa el Salado (Salty Beach), Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach) and Playa Olas Altas. If you like beach hopping and discovering a new sandy paradise every day, you will be in your element in Puerto Vallarta.
The food in Puerto Vallarta is wonderful, and you can find seafood burritos, tasty tapas and authentic Mexican cuisine everywhere as well as international food options. Eating local food is much cheaper, of course, and once you get home, you will be sure to miss the Mexican flavours.
Colonias Centro is the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta and the oldest part of the city. Roam around collecting souvenirs admiring the architecture and sampling local food.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a massive 64 acres of flowers, plants and wildlife showcasing Mexican natural wonders. Nature lovers will also like Los Arcos National Marine Park and Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas), popular for whale watching.
Visit the grand Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, shop till you drop in fashionable boutique shops and indulge in Mexican flavours in restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a pretty promenade with modern sculptures and the area comes alive every evening with hip bars, lounges and nightclubs.
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