Mexico is replete with must-see places. After all, this is a country that has one of the largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is mainly because of that distinction that Mexico is one of the worlds most visited countries. Although it is virtually impossible to list every single place worth checking out, heres a partial list of such locations.
Once a colonial-era port, this southeastern Mexican city rose to prominence when it became frequented by several of Hollywood’s elite. Presaging the country’s venture into the tourism industry, Acapulco now enjoys the distinction of being one of Mexico’s oldest and most popular beach resorts.
This southeastern Mexican city will always be known for being the favorite spot of MTVs Spring Break program. Theres a reason for that; its bars and relatively inexpensive flight rates make Cancun a particularly popular vacation place for younger travelers.
Cabo San Lucas
Developed as a beach resort during the 1970s, this city located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula is perhaps unparalleled in the luxury it offers. Every year, many visitors take luxury Cabo vacations, enjoying a vast array of features that range from Club 96 and the One & Only Palmilla Hotel to the premium villas and Jack Nicklaus golf course.
This 250-square-mile island off the Yucatan Peninsula is notable for its clear turquoise waters, shallow reefs, and powdery sands. Because of its natural features, Cozumel has steadily built a reputation for being one of the best diving and fishing destinations in the world.
One of Mexico’s largest cities and widely considered to be the origin of tequila and mariachi music, Guadalajara is one of Mexico’s great cultural centers. The city is the home of several historical points of interest, most notably the Hospicio Cabanas, which was founded in 1791; it is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas.
Mexico’s capital city should certainly not be left out. Built on the very ruins of the Aztec Empire, Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas. As a result, there is a unique mix of ancient civilization and modern-day life that cannot be matched by anywhere else in the Americas.
This southwestern state, perhaps more than any other place in Mexico, is identified with pre-Columbian ruins. Chief among them is Monte Alban, a vast archaeological site that symbolizes one of Mesoamerica’s oldest cities. Oaxaca is also one of the most biologically diverse places in the country, with an astounding collection of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and plants.
Playa del Carmen
This eastern Mexican city was actually once a small fishing town. Then a passenger ferry service to Cozumel was established, and development subsequently exploded. Today, only Cozumel rivals Playa del Carmen as a top scuba diving destination. And the city has attractions of its own—namely the ancient ruins of the Coba Mayan Village and a Mexican-themed “eco-archaeological park” called the Xcaret Eco Park.
Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta has always been touted as “The Friendliest City in the World,” due to its more laid-back atmosphere in comparison to other resort cities like Acapulco and Cancun. It also enjoys another nickname: “San Francisco of Mexico,” due to its particularly welcoming attitude towards gays and lesbians.
Like Mexico City, Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian city. For vacationers who wish to see some of the best preserved Mayan ruins in the Americas, Tulum remains a top choice.
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