Mexico Travel Guide - Best Vacation Spots in 2023
This Mexico travel guide will help you choose the best place for your next vacation. Read reviews of top tourist destinations: Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta.
- Best Cities
- Cabo San Lucas
- Playa del carmen
- Puerto Vallarta
- Riviera Maya
Mexico Travel Guide - Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya, a phenomenal stretch of coastline on Mexico's northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, located along the Caribbean sea is known for its tropical ambiance, spectacular settings, numerous all-inclusive resorts, heavenly waters and soft and blindingly white sand beaches. Riviera Maya is home to many ancient ruins that will take you centuries back. Here you will find lots of structures, stones from what appeared to be houses where the Mayans once lived, temples and pyramids. Riviera Maya is located north of Cancun (excluding Cancun) and includes cities and towns (from north to south): Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmel, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.
An approximate estimation of population in Riviera Maya in 2017 is close to 150,000 residents. Riviera Maya is definitely not like any other tropical destination. A mix of coconut trees, powder-white sand beaches, emerald waters, mangrove swamps and luscious forest showcase exquisite natural beauty of Riviera Maya. This is a perfect family Mexico travel destination as it offers amenities, attractions and activities for the entire family. Kids will absolutely love to see monkeys, tropical birds and iguanas when you walk the streets of Riviera Maya.
The jungles in Riviera Maya offer an experience of a life tim - cenotes. These are huge sinkholes filled with the clearest waters. They go down as deep as 200 meters and are an attractive feature for the tourists who love diving, snorkeling or just swimming.
Riviera Maya is more laid back than it's nearby sister Cancun. You will not see any high rise buildings, busy streets or crowds of tourists. In fact, the hotels in Riviera Maya are prohibited to build buildings taller than the palm trees, that is why the city was able to preserve its tranquility, natural beauty and charm.
Most resorts in Riviera Maya are all-inclusive, and this is perfect for those that want to be on a firm budget during Mexico travel. Once you pay one price, you are able to enjoy all of the amenities and dining options the resort offers. It is also great for guests that are not interested in strolling the city outside of the resort property, and want to enjoy staying at a resort for their entire vacation. You will find some not all-inclusive properties here as well, filled with the serenity and the seclusion of paradise, flawless coastlines, breathtaking adventures and the magnificent beauty you will not find anywhere else.
There is lodging for everyone in Riviera Maya no matter what their preference or budget is. If a luxury all-inclusive resort is not an option, a variety of other choices is available as well. Beachfront extravagant villas, small but impressive boutique hotels, cozy inns or even family-run cabanas on the beach are all available for booking. Most of these are located in remote areas, so you might want to consider either renting a car or hiring a taxi to get to attractions and other activities during your Mexico trip. What is great about these lodges is that a lot of them are housed in the middle of the wildness, surrounded by lush forest vegetation and hugged by the unspoiled, deserted beaches, any traveller's dream come true. Gorgeous scenery, excellent service and an abundance of activities will make your Mexico travel mind-blowing.
You will be intrigued when you find out about all the best things to do Riviera Maya offers! Aside from things like fishing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with the dolphins and whale watching, there are other things you need to see! Ecopark Kantun Chi, Chichen Itza, ancient Tulum ruins of Mayan civilization, Xel-Ha, Selvatica (an array of adrenaline activities including swimming, ziplining, racing through the jungle on ATV or jumping from a bungee). Valladolid, Cenotes Dos Ojos, Coba, Muyil, Ek Balam and El Rey Ruins will shed a light on the human traces left thousands of years ago. And if you are a diving fan or a snorkeler, then you will absolutely love the activities that are offered here that include Nohoch Nah Chich, Sac Actun Cenote System, Cenote Chaak Tun, Casa Cenote and Xenotes Oasis Maya. These open the wonders of the underwater world while giving you an opportunity to contemplate and go through the underwater caves during your Mexico travel.
It is very simple to get to Riviera Maya. Most international flights land in Cancun International Airport, from there most parts of Riviera Maya can be accessed by car, a bus or a taxi. Riviera Maya is linked with Cancun, so coming here is relatively easy and quite affordable. Cancun can be accessed by many airline carriers as they provide their service there on a daily basis. A number of major airlines provide nonstop flights to Cancun from various places in Mexico, South and North America, Canada, and through a direct flight (with a stopover in other countries) from Cuba, Russia and Europe. Once you land in the airport a number of transportation services such as shuttle buses and taxis are readily available and will take you to any location in Riviera Maya. For those who have booked an all-inclusive resort, free shuttle bus service is available, just look out for your representative to avoid getting into a wrong bus. If you are a risk taker and do not mind the Mexican roads and local drivers, driving is another option during Mexico travel.
Flying into Cozumel is another alternative of getting to Riviera Maya. Airfares to Cozumel are normally a lot cheaper, so check them prior to booking your Mexico travel. Since Riviera Maya is a large area south of Cancun, it can be accessed from both Cаncun and Cozumel. Regular bus service runs from Cancun, so you will have no problem of getting to Riviera Mayа.
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Mexico Travel Guide - Cancun
If you are landing in Cancun, just know, it is the perfect spot to vacation. Cancun, according to the Mayan language, has 2 meanings. The first is "nest of snakes" and the second one is "place of the gold snake". Although both of these meanings are correct, the second version is used much less among the local population. Cancun is located in Quintana Roo, in Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, and is surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Caribbean sea. The estimated population of Cancun in 2017 is 542,043, it is considered the largest city in Quintana Roo.
Most of Cancun's hotels and resorts are located in Hotel Zone, this is where you will see the island's energized atmosphere along with some of the best all-inclusive properties. Cancun's state-of-the-art hotel facilities will make your next Mexico travel unforgettable and yes, they are a short walk to the beach, so you can enjoy Mexican turquoise waters in no time after checking into your room suite.
Cancun offers a variety of things to do, so you will never feel bored while vacationing there! Snorkeling, flyboarding, scuba diving, sailing, swimming with the whale sharks, ziplining and jet boats are among the best water activities you will ever discover! For families with kids, we suggest visiting Cancun's theme or water parks, an adventure for the whole family that will keep you entertained for the entire day during your Mexico travel.
For those that love to cook or want to learn a few kitchen tricks, take one of the offered cooking classes. Here you will have a great opportunity to master some amazing cooking skills as well as sample the real delicious Mexican cuisine once it comes out hot and fresh from the oven.
Did you know that the Mayan civilization was among the first original cultures of the New World? The Mayans lived mostly on the Yucatan Peninsula, this is where you will find lots of their ancient ruins. Special tours are also available and are a must to see if you come to Cancun.
Adrenaline lovers will find buggy and flying on a bungee swing as extreme activity, but not until you try Tarzania Coaster, the fastest zipline around! You will be elevated 50 meters (164 feet ) high and zip for 350 meters ( 0.22 miles ), while your speed will be maintained at 81 km/h (50 mph). During this fascinating zipline trip you will have an opportunity to cross 8 suspension bridges, see the beautiful surrounding nature and taste some of the purest and freshest water in the cavern, before setting off on another zipline trip!
Shopping in Cancun is impressive, and you will find everything from high end brand names and designer stores to souvenirs and gift shops and bargain markets. Rest and fully rejuvenate at some of the most luxury spas in the city. A choice of royal services, the best treatments and pampering is at your service, just choose what you have always dreamed of! Cancun's best shopping districts offer an abundance of everything a happy shopper will ever want during Mexico travel. And once your shopping trip comes to an end, finish your day with a sip of your favourite cocktail or a delicious Mexican coffee at one of the local cafes, while enjoying the beautiful sunset.
Night entertainment is also popular in Cancun, so an array of the coolest disco clubs, bars and restaurants are available to make your Mexico travel even better!
If you are more of a beach lover, not to worry. Cancun has some of the most fabulous, cleanest, with white powder-sand beaches that you will never find anywhere else! Playa Delfines, Playa Caracol, Playa Chac Mool and Forum Beach Cancun are just some of the few beaches that are surrounded by the mesmerizing Mexican nature. Topless bathing is common to see when you vacation in Cancun, but not total nudity (which is illegal as well), so be very careful and follow the rules when sunbathing on the beach.
Cancun's International Airport is Mexico's second busiest airport and welcomes aircrafts of all sizes, both domestic and international. Passengers can take a nonstop flight to Cancun from various cities in Mexico itself, South and North America, Canada, and through a direct flight (with a stopover in other countries) from Cuba, Russia and Europe. Check the airlines' website, or give them a call to inquire about their flight schedules. They will be able to provide you with information in regards to flight timing, aircraft transit stops and prices.
If you choose ground transportation to get to Cancun you are will undoubtedly have an unforgettable Mexico travel. Whether renting a car or taking a bus, it is worth your while if you do not mind long hours of a sometimes bumpy ride. The roads are safe to travel, but if you are new to Mexican highways, always be alert and know what is around you. It is not very common for visitors to Cancun to arrive by cruise ships, boats or yachts; however, you will definitely see a few of those. Some of the best and most visited ports in Quintana Roo are Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Morelos. So be on your way to the most captivating vacation with experience like no other!
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Mexico Travel Guide - Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is an open gate to your dream Mexico travel. It is a coastal resort town located in Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Playa Del Carmen is situated about 20 km (12 miles) west of Cozumel, 65 km (40 miles) from Tulum and 70 km (44 miles) south of Cancun. The approximate estimation of Playa Del Carmen's population in 2017 is 200,000 residents. Although it is not a very busy place among those that immigrate to Mexico, a few people still settle here, in this tranquil oasis.
Playa Del Carmen is not anything like your typical vacation destination. In fact its spectacular natural wonders and a relaxed lifestyle attract many tourists to enjoy the local boutique lodging, locally grown food and the warmest hospitality of the residents!
Whether you are travelling to Mexico with your entire family, a group of friends or your partner, Playa Del Carmen offers the most immaculate all-inclusive resort options for any and every taste. Here you will be treated like roylty with the best resort amenities and top services. These fabulous resorts offer countless possibilities to enjoy some of the top water sports, a variety of day trips and phenomenal surroundings to admire. Those that have their own entertainment plan during their Mexico travel and would like to go about exploring, can rent a bed and breakfast. These places are very simple, not fancy at all but cozy and comfortable. The only thing you would have to provide yourself are meals. You may also rent an apartment while staying in Playa Del Carmen but that is not too common, so you have to choose the right place with the right owner. Do your research before leaving your home country to avoid disappointment or losing too much money.
There is a great variety of things to do in Playa Del Carmen during Mexico travel, and whether you want to be adventurous or simply relax on the beach, there is something to do for everyone. You can choose to go snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or whales, scuba diving at some of the most mesmerizing spots, sailing, fishing or ziplining. Check out the Tulum Ruins, Cenote Ik Kil, a large hole filled with the purest and the most tasty waters, El Rey Ruins (that were inhabited by the Mayan civilization thousands of years ago), Nohoch Nah Chich (a series of underground caves) that holds amazing underwater gems, Rio Secreto Nature Reserve and a lot more. Xel-Ha is one of the largest water parks, this is where you can enjoy not only swimming but also snorkeling in the underground caves. Isla Mujeres is another popular dive site. And not only that, here you have a great opportunity to unwind and enjoy the sun or take one of the many local day tours to learn more about the town.
Nightlife in Playa Del Carmen is definitely happening but not as much as in the neighbouring Cancun. Restaurants and cafes normally close around 10p.m. but you will find plenty of disco clubs on or along the beach that stay open until 6 o'clock in the morning. Most clubs also offer nightly shows, so if you love to stay up late, check some of them out on your Mexico travel.
If you do end up going to Playa Del Carmen, check out the real Mexican wonders - cenotes. They are freshwater sinkholes and are open to the public for swimming, diving and tasting the most purest water on earth. Cenotes vary in sizes but most of them go as deep as 61 meters (200 meters) under. There are so many cenotes that some of them are not even discovered yet. The water quality is amazing and lets you see meters down.
Although tourism was not at a high pace as it is now, Playa Del Carmen still underwent major developmental changes. It originated as a small fishing town and the best spot to do your diving activities. Now it is offering you the most exclusive residential condominiums, entertainment venues, eateries and finest shopping districts.
The closest airport to Playa Del Carmen is in Cancun, namely Cancun International Airport. The drive there can last 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic. You can also go a different route and fly into Cozumel International Airport first and take a ferry boat to Playa Del Carmen from there. Although Cancun offers flights at extremely reasonable prices, sometimes Cozumel has unbeatable airfare deals that are much more attractive.
If you are travelling by car, keep in mind that Highway 307 is the only highway that passes by Playa Del Carmen. Super efficient bus service is readily available to bring you from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun, Cancun International Airport, Tulum, Xcaret, and Xel-ha.
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Mexico Travel Guide - Tulum
Tulum, one of the most famous cities built and inhabited by the Mayans, is located on the east coast on the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum is one of the best preserved ancient Mayan sites and is a popular destination among Mexico travel enthusiasts. Tulum's estimated population in 2017 is 22,575 residents. Tulum might be smaller than other vacation spots in Mexico, but offers 5-star hotels, a great combination of seclusion, tranquility and tropical aura. Tulum is about 1 hour drive from Playa Del Carmen, so if you are up for checking out another city, hire a taxi and be on your way. Those that are renting a car, grab a map, believe us, you will need it once you get onto the Mexican roads. The biggest problem that you can encounter while driving is not the roads themselves but rather the local drivers that can drive erratically, cutting off and speeding. So stay alert at all times and drive safe.
If you are a yoga practitioner, you have come to the right place. Tulum is a centre for all yoga retreats with first-class qualified instructors and the serene settings for you to be one-on-one with your body and soul. Rustic and restful is what best describes this heaven on earth in Tulum. The life here is more relaxed and easygoing. Some Mexican wonders are so remote you will question if anybody is even living there. And that is the beauty of Tulum, a tropical utopia with clearest, most stunning blue waters on Earth, jaw-dropping views, and endlessly flawless coastlines make Tulum a tropical retreat like no other.
An extensive selection of fabulous accommodation options is available for you to choose from during your Mexico travel in Tulum. You must try the all-inclusive properties Tulum offers. Exquisite design, top notch service, world-class amenities and the most stunning beaches one can imagine. Options of luxury resorts, rustic cabins, moderately priced hotels and inns, boutique hotels, beach studios that are fully equipped with kitchens, bathrooms and all of the necessities you will need are all there. Downtown hotels are also available, but if you decide to rent those, you might have to do a little walking or even driving to the beach. The bonus is that all of them are located along the strip of restaurants, bars and most entertainment establishments. Some tourists come to Tulum and rent a house. That is a fabulous option and gives you a chance to be your own boss during your Mexico travel Do a full check up of the property before you book it, but best of all do it through an agent.
Visit the Tankah Park to discover a mystery that lies behind the Mayan Civilization. The ancient ruins at this site were preserved specifically to keep the Mayan heritage alive for many centuries to come. After a bit of a history lesson, try the local activities such as ziplining, canoeing or swimming in the cenotes. Refresh and delight yourself in Tulum's many natural pools called cenotes. A large number of cenotes is concentrated in Tulum, giving the visitors an amazing opportunity to experience most if not all of them during their Mexico travel!<.
Tulum is the centre of all the water sport activities! Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with whale sharks, diving into captivating underwater caves, and enjoying some of the most energetic sports like biking through the rugged plantains are the activities even a relaxed tourist will want to engage in.
There is nothing better than lying on a beach all day enjoying your favourite drinks, reading a book or just catching on that much needed sleep. If you are on a journey of finding the picture-perfect, most flawless beach with sparkling turquoise waters, your journey ends here. Playa Paraiso or A Mayan Beach are the two most gorgeous, stunning beaches in Tulum. Endless coastlines of powder-white sand beaches, beautifully swaying palm trees, singing tropical birds, monkeys playing and a complete peacefulness. The only noise you will ever hear is warm waves crushing against the shores. Definitely visit these two of Tulum's jewels, you will find yourself in the tranquil oasis and you for sure will not want to leave.
The only way to get to Tulum is to fly to Cancun International Airport that is located approximately 131 km (81 miles) from Tulum. A number of international airlines provide their service to Cancun regularly. Nonstop and direct service is available from major US and Canadian cities to Cancun, but European passengers will need to take a transfer along the way to Cancun in other cities. You may also travel to Tulum from Playa Del Carmen by either a bus, a taxi or a rental car. Since you might not be acquainted of the Mexican roads, it is suggested to take a bus or a cab. It is faster, more reliable, safe and cheaper way to get where you need to be.
Once you land to Cancun, a bus is available to transport you to any point in Tulum. ADO is the only public bus company that serves Cancun's airport and its routes are connected to all big towns. Keep in mind, there is no direct service there, so a stop must be made in Playa Del Carmen before you begin another trip to Tulum. A trip from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen will take you approximately 1 hour on a bus. Once you get to Playa Del Carmen you will need to board another ADO bus that will take you directly to Tulum. That trip will take approximately 50 minutes.
If bus is not an option and you would like to travel in privacy, hire a taxi at one of the taxi stands. Private transfers are also available to bring you from the airport directly to Tulum without any stops, so inquire about them at their booths once you collect your luggage.
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Mexico travel Guide - Cozumel
Cozumel, another fabulously inviting Mexico travel destination that glows with everything you would ever dream about. Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. Cozumel, that is located 82 km (51 miles) south of Cancun, is a popular cruise ship port that is known for the best diving opportunities embellished with unbelievably stunning coral reefs and underwater marine life!
Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico and the oldest one in the Caribbean region is one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world. Although, Cozumel's economy is based on tourism that is booming more and more every year, there are still long stretches of untouched jungle and shorelines that need to be discovered.
With white sand beaches, swaying coconut palm trees, colourful birds that continuously sing and sparkling lagoons, Cozumel is a dream paradise for any Mexico traveller. Honeymooners will enjoy the most breathtaking sunsets, long walks on the deserted moonlit beaches and admiring the beauty of the reefs and the stunning views all around while sitting in cabana or from a nearby rock.
Whether you are on a budget or just looking for the best accommodation options on your Mexico travel, look no further, because Cozumel gives endless choices. All-inclusive resorts in Cozumel are family-friendly and offer a plethora of services and the best amenities you have ever heard of. Oceanfront villas and guesthouses are also available for booking, but if you long for even better rates, rent a room. In that case, keep in mind that you will be responsible for your own meals and entertainment. A couple of hotels and high-rise condos are also available to stay in, the choice is yours, make the decision that will help you enjoy your Mexico travel to the fullest!The best thing of all is that no matter what your budget is, you will always find an amazing place at the best price point to stay during your vacation in Cozumel.
A variety of water sports is offered to those that feel extra active. Scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, Mini SUB Diving, submarine and glass-bottom boat tours will give you an experience like no other. If you want to take it up a notch, try the ATV and 4WD adventures, not only you will be driving at a fast pace, but you will be able to see the gorgeous surrounding beauty of Cozumel.
Combine biking with a sightseeing tour and your Mexico travel will be full with exciting moments. Go up a mountain or down into a ravine, breathe in the tropical air and enjoy the sunshine on your face and shoulders. Do not forget to bring a bottle of water with you, after all it is hot and you need to keep yourself hydrated.
Learn some history behind the Tulum Ruins or Chichen Itza with the super informative day trips Cozumel offers. Stroll through the Mayan civilization, temples and other structures and learn the importance they brought to the Mayans that lived here many years ago. Always snap a shot or two to show your family and friends back home.
Cozumel is an island, so you can get here is either by an airplane, a private jet, a yacht, ferry or a cruise ship. The easiest way to experience Cozumel is by flying here on an airplane. Cozumel International Airport welcomes international and national air traffic daily. Nonstop service is available from some US cities such as Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte and Miami. Nonstop service is also available from Toronto and Montreal (Canada) but inquire about their schedules in advance as certain airlines provide only seasonal service. Those travelling to Cozumel from Europe will need to make transit stops in one of the US cities, so be prepared for hours and hours on a plane and waiting at the terminals. Nonstop domestic flights are also available from Cancun and Mexico City.
Passenger ferries are also available to take you from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. They are a cheaper and sometimes less stressful way of getting to the island during Mexico travel. The ferries leave their ports at Playa Del Carmen and take approximately 25-40 minutes one way. If you have trouble getting to Playa Del Carmen you can always either take a bus or hire a taxi. A car ferry also makes a few daily trips between Puerto Morales and Cozumel and takes approximately 3-4 hours for a round trip. You might catch another boat from Calica, located south of Playa Del Carmen, they are a little more expensive but a lot more faster. No matter what method of transportation you choose to get to Cozumel, you will never want to leave the island!
Mexico travel Guide - Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas is a resort city in Los Cabos municipality, located on the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula ,in the Mexico's state Baja California Sur, that was officially formed in 1974. Its capital La Paz is also the largest city in the state. Cabo San Lucas is a resort city best known for its fishing opportunities. Its population of 2017 was estimated close to 70,000 inhabitants. Baja California Sur state is known for its ecological reserves such as Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere and the Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary, that you can visit during your vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Locals and tourists love these natural beauties. Although Cabo San Lucas is a magnet for golfers, diving and sports fishing fans, beach lovers will find their spot here as well with spectacular natural settings along with the clearest waters and the purest sand. Los Cabos region is characterized by deserts, mountains, oak forests and animals like mountain lions, bighorn sheep and pronghorns. Cabo San Lucas is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of California to the east. A perfect combination of everything, and you have a perfect Mexico travel destination!
Cabo San Lucas provides its guests with phenomenal accommodation opportunities. Most of the resorts and hotels are located on some of the best beaches in the area. Whether you want a family-friendly all-inclusive property or looking for a romantic getaway with your loved one, you will find a resort to suit your needs and budget. With plenty of swimming, top of the line amenities and impeccable service, your stay at one of the local resorts is sure to leave a warm memory about Mexico travel in your heart!
A plethora of excursions and things to do is available once you visit Cabo San Lucas. Combine the beauty of a sightseeing tour with a little history lesson. Cabo San Lucas has the best things to do, so you will definitely have a good time. Discover the unique Spanish colonial architecture, get on a glass-bottom boat ride, go on a shopping tour in Los Cabos region or go on a stellar sunset cruise.
There are so many water activities, you will be amazed at how much you can really do while vacationing in the heaven of Cabo San Lucas. Snorkel off the gorgeous coastlines of Medano Beach, the main beach in Cabo San Lucas, dive into the sacred underwater world with the best diving instructors around, take a kayaking or a horseback riding lesson, a camel ride, engage in the ziplining fun or fully indulge in cultural and food tours on your Mexico travel.
For those that enjoy fishing, numerous tours are available for you to choose from. And best of all, you get to cook and eat the fish you have caught. Experience of a lifetime!
Golf enthusiasts that love exploring new golf courses need to see Cabo Sa Lucas' endless, well-maintained courses where you will be treated like royalty on your Mexico travel. Surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and flyboarding are for those that are not afraid of a real adventure. And if you are a beginner, you may still try these out, no regrets, pure satisfaction!
Visit the nearby Todos Santos, Pelican Rock, San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, San Jose del Cabo main square, and El Arco and you will know the real beauty that lies within Cabo San Lucas! These are the areas that need to be seen, heard and touched, the landmarks that make Cabo San Lucas famous.
Los Cabos Deluxe Shopping Tour was designed for you in mind! Not only you will be given an opportunity to shop at some of the finest stores around, during your Mexico travel, but you will be given some quick lessons and key facts about the cultural life in the state.
The beaches in Los Cabos and all over Cabo San Lucas are endless and you can never decide which one you love the most. All of them are picturesque and offer exceptional snorkeling and other water sport activities. The most important thing to remember when swimming is that many beaches in Los Cabos have super powerful undertows and strong waves so do not overestimate your swimming abilities even if the waters look calm. You will find plenty of beautiful and charming beaches in Los Cabos - the municipality within which Cabo San Lucas is located. Playa Solmar, Lover's Beach and Divorce Beach, Santa Maria Beach, Chilleno Beach, Tequila Cove, Estuary Beach, Playa Barco Verado (Shipwreck Beach) and Playa Las Viudas are all among the many amazing beaches where you can do it all - snorkel, swim, surf and take in the sun. Some areas might be more rough than others, and might be dangerous for swimming but perfect for surfing, so watch out for the waves if you are not planning on engaging in any water sports. Medano Beach is the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas and is ideal for swimming and fully enjoying your day on the beach on your Mexico travel. A stretch of bars and restaurants that service mouthwatering Mexican dishes gives you a great choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick snack. Waters on Medano Beach are calm and you have an option to hire a water taxi to get closer to the Marina area. For a little bit of shopping, you do not need to travel for miles. Side streets that face the beach conveniently have shopping and dining establishments. Water sports enthusiasts have a chance to engage in many fun activities. Inquire about them at the Rental Booth, and a qualified instructor will provide you with all of the information.
Taking an airplane is the preferred method of getting to Cabo San Lucas. Its local airport, Los Cabos International Airport is located just outside of San Jose del Cabo, and if you are taking a car it will take you about 30-40 minutes to travel to Cabo San Lucas.
Most major American, Mexican and Canadian airlines provide direct flights to and from Cabo San Lucas. Flights are available from Los Angeles, Houston, Newark, Atlanta, Phoenix, Arizona, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Toronto, Vancouver and other cities. Mexican airlines offer direct domestic flights to the state of Cabo San Lucas as well.
It is not recommended to travel to Cabo San Lucas by land unless you speak Spanish fluently and are a very experienced driver on local Mexican highways. However, if you are an equipped traveller, Highway 1 stretches out all the way from Tijuana, so plan your Mexico travel considering the amount of time it will take you to get to the city.
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Mexico travel Guide - Puerto Vallarta
Puerta Vallarta, a traveller's paradise is a resort town on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, while Nuevo Vallarta, the recently developed resort extension of Puerto Vallarta, is in Nayarit. Puerto Vallarta became one of the most exceptional places in Latin America offering the most welcoming atmosphere through its open, warm and hospitable residents, a great nightlife, unique art galleries, lush jungles, sparkling waterfalls and so much more. Puerto Vallarta's estimated population in 2017 is close to 230,000 inhabitants and the city itself receives almost 2 million visitors each year!
There are numerous spots where you can stay in Puerto Vallarta during your Mexico travel. The best boutique hotels are offered for anybody who loves to be treated like royalty. All-inclusive resorts, that are available in the city ,all boast with life, love, music, laughter and a fabulous time. Their amenities are to die for and the prices are unbeatable. All of the resorts are located close to all of the area's bars, restaurants and other establishments. So even if you are not staying at an all-inclusive property, you still have an option of browsing around the local streets of Puerto Vallarta. Bed and breakfast places are аваилабле, as well as oceanfront villas, but these need to be booked ahead to ensure availability.
Puerto Vallarta offers some of the most enthralling things to do and we guarantee-you will always be occupied during your Mexico travel. For a romantic evening, try a dinner and a show. This is where you get to try all of the Mexican delicacies and enjoy a folkloric show with some of the best local performers.
An abundance of water sport activities is waiting for you in Puerto Vallarta and we bet you cannot wait to try them all. Snorkeling, swimming with the precious dolphins, diving, surfing, sailing, horseback riding along a picturesque beach, are some of the most popular activities here in Puerto Vallarta. Boat cruises and stand up paddleboarding are among the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta that is enjoyed by many tourists.
Even if you are not into culture, still consider the cultural tours that are offered in the city. You will get an opportunity to listen to the traditional Mariachi band, try some of the most exquisite Mexican dishes and of course taste the national, incredibly delicious drink tequila. For those that want to become more kitchen savvy, cooking classes are available. Learn, laugh and enjoy, and yes, please come back again for a Mexico travel in Puerto Vallarta!
To pump your adrenaline, try something new and super cool-Skydive Vallarta. Not to worry, even if you are a beginner, the highly qualified and experienced instructor will make sure you are safe. Once you jump off the drop zone, you will be going down at the speed of about 193 km/h (120 mph). When your parachute gets activated, you can breath out and enjoy the surrounding beauty of Puerto Vallarta, while slowly floating in the air for approximately 5 minutes.
Fishing trips and bike tours are ready to be enjoyed on your Mexico travel in Puerto Vallarta. Stroll through the city on a bike, listen to your guide while he is telling you about the history of the specific place you are passing by or simply opt out for a full day of fishing, it is fun, engaging and you can try your freshly caught fish once the captain and the crew grill it to perfection.
Just like any other amazing vacation destination, Puerto Vallarta's beaches are superb. No matter what kind of an adventurer you are, a snorkeler, a diver, a sailor or a beach lover, these beaches will please everyone. Playa de los Muertos is the most popular beach offering the best amenities for your to enjoy. Once you are done with your activity or feel hungry, grab an appetizing snack or a mouthwatering full size meal, and do not forget your favourite drink. If you want more peace and quiet on your Mexico travel, then go south to Quimixto or Majahuitas beaches. These beaches are great for families with kids or for people that just want to relax in the sand. Las Caletas is a private beach and can only be accessed by a way of a privately organized tour. A catamaran will drive you up to the beach where in total tranquility you can fully enjoy and rejuvenate. Get a massage while laying under the palm trees or simply go snorkeling, either way your day is guaranteed to be successful!
When you travel to Puerto Vallarta, you will be landing at Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport. This airport services aircrafts of all sizes, domestic and international flights. Most US and Canadian airlines provide nonstop and direct service flights to Puerto Vallarta. Houston, New York, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal are all available to board a plane without having to make the transit stops. Direct flights from Miami, Washington and Vancouver are also available. Passengers travelling from Europe will have to make a stopover in one of US or Canadian major cities.
Of course the best, the fastest but not the cheapest way to get to Puerta Vallarta is by air, but if you already set your mind by getting here by bus, a fast and reliable bus system is always there to serve you. Depending on where you are, buses travel between the cities. Inquire at your local bus stop what bus, if any, is heading towards Puerto Vallarta.
Arriving by a cruise ship is another way of getting to Puerto Vallarta for Mexico travel. Cruise ships dock their boats daily, but become especially busy during the tourist season. Once the ship is docked and the tourists are off the boat it becomes insanely packed around the beaches and other establishments. Cruise ship passengers typically spend a day swimming, sunbathing, enjoying the water sports and shopping before they are invited back to the boat.