Mexican Vacations

Mexico is the chosen holiday destination for tourists from all around the world. Not only is it home to some of the best beaches, but the cities, natural attractions and archaeological sites provide activities for all tastes and ages. There are Mexican hotels and resorts for any budget in all tourist areas, so you'll definitely be able to book your perfect holiday!

Destinations

Mexico is lined with beautiful beaches that provide opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, boating, and sunbathing. There are numerous popular beach cities in Mexico, all with great hotels and resorts. Baja California is one of the best regions in the country for beach-going, especially if you're interested in surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving.

Acapulco beach, Mexico

© Andrew Gatt - Acapulco Beach, Mexico

Cancun, a city in the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of Mexico's most famous cities for tourism. The city has many white sand beaches, resorts, and restaurants. You can also visit the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun, where you can touch rays and starfish and swim with dolphins.

The state of Oaxaca is among the top-rated destinations for beaches in Mexico. Zipolite is one of Oaxaca's best beaches, and it almost always has a perfect sunset. It's also a great destination for surfing and whale watching. Mazunte is another beach village in Oaxaca that is quiet compared to many of Mexico's beaches.

Mazunte

© Gustavo M - Mazunte

If you're not interested in beaches, there are many other cities in Mexico with great attractions.

Mexico City is the largest city in North America and is divided into several districts, each with its own unique characteristics. The Centro Historico has the largest zocalo, or town square, in Latin America.

You can also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. Chapultepec, a large urban park, is home to the zoo, an amusement park, and a castle that has been converted to a museum. Polanco is a wealthy residential area with many stores, restaurants, and night clubs.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City

© cezzie901 - Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City

Mexico is famous for its archaeological sites, especially Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Chichen Itza was one of the largest cities in ancient Maya, and it became a World Heritage site in 1988. It was also recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Pyramid of Kukulcan is Chichen Itza's most famous landmark, but you can also visit the Interior Temple, the Temple of the Warriors, the Great Ballcourt, and many other structures. The destination is less than 100 miles from Cancun.

Chichen Itza

© David Stanley - Chichen Itza, Mexico

Another popular archaeological destination is Monte Alban in the state of Oaxaca. Monte Alban is also a World Heritage site and has several large structures, including a ballcourt, a large pyramid, and a tomb. The museum on the site has several informative displays and artifacts discovered by archaeologists.

Monte Alban

© Eduardo Robles Pacheco - Monte Alban, Mexico

Many tourists visit Mexico for its parks and natural sites.

Copper Canyon, located in the state of Chihuahua, is a large system of canyons with many sightseeing locations. Divisadero is the most popular town to visit to view Copper Canyon. There are many trails that run throughout the area, but most trails are unmarked. It's helpful to hire a guide if you want to explore the trails.

If you're interested in visiting canyons in Mexico, you can also see the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas. The canyon is surrounded by the Sumidero Canyon National Park, which is full of diverse plants and wildlife. There are many hiking paths throughout the park, and you can rent a kayak to travel down the Grijalva River.

Sumidero Canyon

© 16:9clue - Sumidero Canyon

Cruises

Because of the great winter weather, Mexico is one of the best countries in the world for cruises. If you want to take a short vacation, you can take a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Los Angeles to Baja California. These trips usually last four days.

If you want to take a longer trip, you can take a cruise to the Mexican Riviera on Mexico's west coast. There are many cruise lines that take this trip, including Carnival, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.

Cruise Ships, Mexico

© wytze - Cruise Ships, Mexico

You can also take a cruise that visits Mexico's east coast. Many cruises arrive at Progresso, Costa Maya, and Cozumel, which all provide access to ancient Mayan archaeological sites. Most major cruise lines visit the east coast of Mexico. Many depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Tampa. Carnival, Princess Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line also depart from Texas.

 

Hotels in Acapulco

© Judy Paris - Hotels in Acapulco

 

Lodging in Mexico

You can find hotels and hostels in Mexico to suit any budget. Every major city has numerous hostels that offer dorm accommodation and private rooms. It usually costs about 150 pesos to stay at a hostel for a night, and this often includes breakfast. Mexican hostels are a great place to stay if you want to meet other travelers and hear their recommendations and travel tips.

Every city also has mid-range hotel rooms available for decent prices. Rooms are usually air-conditioned and sometimes include breakfast. If you're concerned about the safety or quality of a hotel room, you can usually ask to see the room before you pay for it.

Cancun Aerial View

© f. ermert - Aerial View of Cancun Beaches

If you want to stay at a high-end hotel or resort, there are many luxurious options throughout the country. You can book an all-inclusive Mexican vacation, which typically includes a stay at a luxurious resort.

One of the most famous Mexican resorts is the Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. The hotel is located right on the beach and is surrounded by palm trees and greenery. The best amenity is the hotel's enormous pool, but there is also a spa, a fitness center, and many great food options.

Riu Palace Hotel, Riviera Maya

© John Reese - Riu Palace Hotel, Riviera Maya

The Excellence is an adults-only hotel in Cancun with several pools, a spa, and multiple restaurants. Many people stay at this hotel during their trip to Cancun because of the luxurious rooms, which have jacuzzis and flat-screen TVs.

If you're traveling to Cabo San Lucas, which is located in southern Baja California, you can book a room at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa, which is located right on the beach and has two pools, five restaurants, five bars, a spa, and a fitness center. Every room has a balcony with a view of the ocean. The hotel is only a 10 minute drive from downtown Cabo San Lucas, but it feels very quiet and removed from the city.

Pueblo Bonito Resort

© Nan Palmero - Pueblo Bonito Resort

Mexican vacation rentals are another popular option for travelers, especially if you're traveling with your family or with a group. Vacation rentals are a good option for a long trip, and most major tourist cities have several rental companies that can help you find an apartment, home, or condo. Many rentals are located right on the beach or just a short walk away.

Mexico Travel Tips

Hundreds of flights travel from the United States to Mexico every day. If you plan to drive across the border to Mexico from the U.S., keep in mind that American car insurance isn't accepted in Mexico. You can purchase a short-term insurance policy for coverage during your trip. You also need a permit before entering Mexico with your vehicle, but you can retrieve this at the border checkpoint.

If you plan to travel between cities in Mexico, you can take advantage of the country's intercity bus system. The buses are generally comfortable and affordable and are a convenient way to travel between cities if you don't want to fly. There are very few passenger trains in Mexico.

Mexico City Airport

© Waywuwei - Mexico City Airport

Almost everyone in Mexico speaks Spanish, although you will likely encounter many English speakers in some of the larger cities or tourist destinations. It's best to travel with someone who speaks Spanish or to study some important phrases before your trip.

Mexico has many beautiful churches and cathedrals that are open to the public. Tourists often visit them to admire the artwork or architecture. However, make sure you take off your sunglasses and hat before entering to be respectful.

Travel Warnings

Some areas of Mexico have a contaminated water supply. To be safe and preserve your health, only drink purified or bottled water. Ice at restaurants usually isn't made from purified water, so ask for your drinks without ice.

Crime in Mexico varies from city to city. In most large cities or popular tourist destinations, the zocalo, or main square, is safe at night. However, always stay in populated areas and avoid walking alone at night. Like with all tourist destinations, don't wave around your credit cards or cash. If you find yourself in any trouble, the emergency number is 066.

Facts About Mexican Vacations

  • In 2016, the New York Times named Mexico City as the top destination to visit.
  • About 10 million tourists visit Mexico every year. Tourism is one of the country's biggest industries.
  • Mexico has 9,330 kilometers, or about 5,800 miles, of coastline.
  • Mexico has extremely diverse plant species and wildlife. Ecotourism is very popular in the country.
  • Mexico has 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more than 29,000 archaeological sites.
  • Travelers can visit beaches, archaeological destinations, museums, and parks all in one trip.