Deciding where to go on vacation is a pleasurable task but one which is not so easy to do, with so many fabulous places to visit in the world. Beach destinations in Mexico are often the top choice for visitors planning to come from the USA and Canada thanks to its close proximity and therefore more economical flights and shorter flight times. Once you have chosen Mexico as your main destination, next comes the harder task of deciding which of its amazing beach resort destinations you are going to visit this year.
The most popular options are the Pacific Coast with world class locations like Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Baja California offering places like Cabo San Lucas and Loreto, and the Riviera Maya and Cancun on the Caribbean coast.
One the Pacific coast of Mexico, you are spoiled for choice once again, although the main beach destinations such as Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta stand out from the rest. These two award-winning destinations are closely linked, standing only 30 minutes apart and united by Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport which serves the two places as well as Punta Mita, Sayulita and beyond.
Puerto Vallarta is famed for its boardwalk called the Malecon that is adorned by sculptures donated by renowned Mexican artists, most of which are local. Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon is lined with souvenir stores, bars and restaurants and there are plenty of places to stop and sit to enjoy the sunset. There is a great selection of hotels and resorts in and around Puerto Vallarta while many of the big all-inclusive resorts are located further north in Nuevo Vallarta where a long stretch of virgin beach awaits.
Both Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta offer a host of activities, from taking a boat trip to secluded beaches, whale watching, fishing, golf, parasailing and more.
Baja California Dreaming
Another of Mexico’s major attractions are the beaches and resort destinations of Baja California. Cabo San Lucas is by far the most popular with an amazing selection of award-winning hotels that line the sandy beaches of the peninsula. Cabo is a wonderful place for all ages and is suited to couples, families and groups of friends looking to relax, eat amazing food and enjoy thrilling activities. Cabo San Lucas has a healthy nightlife, which is why Spring Break can become a colorful experience, but those looking for peace and quiet will also find areas in Cabo where elegant lifestyles are the order of the day.
The islands of Loreto are a little further up the coast on the Sea of Cortez. These islands are a protected marine park where development is carefully controlled to protect the natural environment. Hotels and resorts in this area concentrate on eco-tourism and Loreto is a destination where you will see nature in its prime condition without scrimping on comfort. In fact, you will find a few acclaimed five star hotels in Loreto which ensure that this quaint Mexican town remains committed to its tranquil charm while offering exquisite accommodations.
Cancun and Riviera Maya
Last but by no means least, Cancun and its surrounding area is the jewel in the crown of Mexican hospitality. Cancun was a planned project, built with all the infrastructure needed to ensure that vacations in the Caribbean paradise became the epitome of relaxation. The idyllic Cancun setting is undeniable and the careful planning of the vacation destination was expertly crafted so as to maintain the natural beauty of its beaches and lagoon while servicing the needs of the modern visitor.
While the attraction of Cancun is clearly its Caribbean colors: white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, Cancun is also home to various cultural and historical attractions. The Mayan ruins that populate the whole Yucatan Peninsula attract all kinds of visitors who want to experience their magic. In fact, there are so many ruins (some larger some smaller) that you could potentially visit a different site every day for a year. Diving is also a wonderful activity thanks to the water visibility and coral reefs that abound around Cancun. There are even underwater museums with sculptures placed to create man made reefs and dive sites.