The Riviera is Mexico’s 6,000 miles of coastline spanning four oceans and seas. From Riviera Maya to Riviera Nayarit on to the Baja coast there are incredible resorts, excursions and immersion possibilities for the curious traveler. Our southern neighbor has a plethora of beach towns, cities and states that are more than safe for travelers to traverse. There are also options for the budget minded and for those looking to experience the lap of luxury.
Mexico is well known for its beautiful beaches and master plan resort areas. Riviera Maya is arguably one of the most popular and visited areas in Mexico with a wide diversity of lodging options from rustic to luxury. It not only attracts the beach comber but also the cultural enthusiast due to its proximity to Maya archeological sites like the walled city of Tulum and Chitchen Itza, recently added to the New 7 Wonders of the World list. Who hasn’t heard of Cancun? It is popular for not only its beauty but its endless options for entertainment. It is just a short excursion away from many other attractions and towns in the Yucatan Peninsula such as Puerto Morales, Isla de Mujeras and many more.
Not to be forgotten or ignored is the Grande Dame of beach and night life, Acapulco. The city is the story of legends but also boasts updated and modern attractions and luxury appointments that shouldn’t be over looked. Some less crowded areas include Manzanillo, with its low-key vibe and nearby views of the volcanoes of Colima. You may also want to consider Puerto Escondido or Puerto Angel as your base camp. These small beach towns offer simple and rustic accommodations that authentically put you in the mood of exploration, relaxation and oneness with nature. If you are looking for luxury it’s easy enough to find as Mexico has an impressive amount of 4 and 5 diamond properties. New luxury construction is going up in areas such as Nuevo Vallarta, easily accessible from Puerto Vallarta, and the Bays of Huatulco and Oaxaca. Veracruz and Costa Esmeralda are seaside gems on the Gulf of Mexico. This area is noted as being the first settlement by Spain in Mexico. Veracruz has a lively atmosphere and is known for its music and street entertainment. For a gulf coast beach getaway, Costa Esmeralda has 19 miles of coastline dotted with affordable resorts and amenities.
It’s no secret that Mexico has awe-inspiring ancient roots and monumental architecture. It lays claim to 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the Americas. But Mexico is not only a haven for ancient culture it has a vibrant contemporary and modern feel as well. A great way to experience the history and culture of Mexico is to visit one of its colonial cities. These cities are reminiscent of its Spanish European influence and will remind you of any piazza found on the European continent. You would also want to spend some time around the city Square, which often includes a large and ornate water fountain overlooked by an intricately constructed cathedral, to get a glimpse of families and residents go about their day.
Mexico has a variety of geographic settings from deserts in the north; to rain forest in the south or snow-covered mountain peaks in between, making it a year-round destination for most activities particularly golf. It is also the 5th most bio-diverse nation on the planet. Mexico is more than just a sun and sand vacation option. When visiting Mexico venture beyond the beach and experience more.
How do you plan to spend your next Mexican getaway?