Our 7 Favorite Mexican Destinations
Mexico is home to some of the best vacation destinations in the world. Thanks to its miles of pristine coasts, a vibrant culture, friendly people, and spectacular culinary options, there are plenty of reasons why it makes for an ideal international adventure. If you're planning to take your next vacation a little further from home, Mexico should be at the top of your to-do list. Here are our favorite vacation spots in Mexico that will have you craving a trip south of the border.
How could we not include Cancun on this list? Undisputedly the most popular destination in Mexico, Cancun draws sun seekers, history buffs, party animals, and adventure seekers alike. A nearly endless stretch of beach promises miles of the softest, whitest sand you can imagine, and it delivers.
Turquoise waves hold thrills for divers, fisherman, and jet-skiers, and nearby Mayan ruins are just waiting to be discovered by your inner Indiana Jones. Come dressed to impress as you dance the night away at a multitude of bars and clubs. Nothing to wear? No worries! There’s plenty of shops for you to pick up a new outfit. Cancun has everything under the sun – literally.
If life has you ready to jump on the next plane to sunnier shores, make sure your flight is headed to Puerto Vallarta. You’ll find the balance you so need – and deserve! – in this Pacific Coast paradise with its laid-back attitude and perfect blend of old and new.
In between tanning sessions on its relaxing beaches, hop in and out of the colonial-style art galleries and restaurants in Old Vallarta and Downtown while gazing at the captivating wrought iron bell tower commanding the skyline. Spend an evening sipping margaritas and chatting with locals and fellow tourists while listening to mariachi music on the Malecón, a seaside boardwalk lined with shops and dotted with quirky statues.
Celebrated sea explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau knew he had found a real gem when this island off the coast of Riviera Maya caught his attention in the 1960s. He hailed Cozumel’s surrounding seas as an underwater dream, and scuba divers have been flocking there ever since.
Hosting the second largest coral reef in the world right offshore, snorkelers and fisherman eagerly head its way as well. If you can manage to get out of the water, you’ll be lured to the beautiful streets of San Miguel by sparkling displays of jewelry handcrafted from Mexico’s famously pure sterling silver. Treat yourself!
Have you met Mexico’s newest resort destination? No? Well, allow us to introduce you to Riviera Nayarit, a stunning West Coast region framed by the stunning peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountains and picturesque beaches along Banderas Bay.
Head out from your beautiful resort in Nuevo Vallarta to explore the fascinating towns on the coast, including the Boho surfer haven of Sayulita and colonial San Blas. Don’t forget to stop at the charming fishing villages along the way to shop for one-of-a-kind pottery, furniture, and art created by the Cora and Huichol people. Go ahead and get acquainted with Riviera Nayarit. We’re positive it’s going to be a match made in heaven.
What could be better than a seaside oasis that’s so awesome it’s famous with celebrities and us common folk alike? Two awesome seaside oases, of course! While the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo fall under the same blanket that is “Los Cabos”, they offer completely different atmospheres and experiences.
San José del Cabo preserves the feel of authentic Mexico with cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial architecture while the Cabo San Lucas neighborhood lights up the night with world-famous evening entertainment and luxurious shopping. Posh resorts are perched perfectly on the beach between the two. Make your way to where the desert meets the sea, and quench your thirst for a famously spectacular getaway with a tall glass of Los Cabos.
If Cancun’s bustling party scene has you reaching for the Alka-Seltzer™, consider heading south to spend time with the Yucatan Peninsula’s mild child. Low-rise luxury resorts are surrounded by lush jungle and lined by the turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea. Now’s your chance to bask in the majesty of the great Mayan pyramid at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Hike, ride, and zip-line through the wildly beautiful forest, and snorkel in Puerto Morales and Akumal where chances of spotting a sea turtle are in your favor. If you need to pick up some tequila, vanilla, or handmade souvenirs to bring back home, catch a ride to Playa del Carmen for some serious shopping. No one likes to play favorites, but Riviera Maya is sure to become yours.
Come closer. We have a secret to share. There’s a small part of us that would love to keep it to ourselves, but the allure of this Gold Coast city is quietly yet quickly being revealed. Its 12 miles of dreamy beaches are definitely a big draw, but its newly restored historic, “tropical neoclassical” old town keeps travelers coming with a vibrant art and food scene.
The magic of this city has even attracted fellow Mexican citizens to vacation there. Do you think you’re ready for tasting the freshest seafood from open-air bistros, playing day and night with easy-going entertainment, and immersing yourself in the authentic local culture? Ok, fine, we’ll tell you the big secret. It’s Mazatlán.
Mexico makes for a multitude of epic getaways. Having a hard time choosing between one of these renowned favorites or appealing newcomers? Contact your Liberty Travel consultant to help you find the perfect fit for your Mexican vacation.