Mexico: regardless of the type of vacation you’re envisioning, it’s the perfect destination. Perhaps you’re looking for a chance to unwind and reconnect on a romantic couples’ trip. Maybe you’d like to treat your family to an all-inclusive beach vacation filled with water activities. You might be a bride-to-be planning a wild, nightlife-focused bachelorette getaway. Or perhaps you’re an adventure lover, looking to spend your days at sea and your nights exploring nearby towns. No matter what you’re looking for, our guide to Mexico will help you find it.
Cancun / Riviera Maya
Known for bright white beaches, clear blue waters, and world-class nightlife and dining, the Yucatan Peninsula lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Here you’ll find Cancun, a vibrant destination known for spectacular weather, shopping, and nightlife, as well as Riviera Maya, a laid-back area with a focus on world-class resort experiences. Families, singles, and couples alike can find something to love in this region.
There’s a reason this former fishing village is now the most popular vacation destination in Mexico. In Cancun, the sun is (almost) always shining, the mezcal keeps flowing, and the nightlife never stops. The ideal destination for singles and high-energy couples alike, Cancun has no shortage of things to do, both inside and outside the resorts. Spend the days at your resort wading through warm waves, sunbathing on the white sands, or enjoying a poolside margarita. Long afternoons fade into evenings as you stroll down the long, walkable beach at dusk. Come nightfall, Cancun truly comes alive. Head into town for legendary shopping, dining, and nightclubs, including Coco Bongo, Señor Frogs, and The City. Not much of a partier? No problem. Cancun caters to all ages with numerous excursions and activities–take a ride on a catamaran or paddleboat, explore caves and caverns on nearby floatable rivers, or stroll through downtown Cancun on foot.
Riviera Maya is a lesser-known tourist region of Mexico—and that’s a good thing. Avoid the crowds of Cancun and Cabo by booking a stay in Riviera Maya, and you’ll have a more secluded and rejuvenating beach trip. All-inclusive resorts reign supreme here: without leaving your resort, you can lounge poolside or on the beach, go snorkeling or kayaking, and enjoy live entertainment, fine dining, shopping, and more. You’ll also find kids clubs, family-friendly restaurants, and plenty of water activities, ensuring kids of all ages will enjoy their stay. Should you want to escape for a few hours, you can take a day trip to nearby charming villages, explore Mayan ruins like Tulum or Chichen Itza, or see breathtaking coral reefs just off the coast by boat.
Directly off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is Cozumel, a tiny island brimming with possibility. Visiting during the peak tourism season, between December and April? A direct flight from DFW to Cozumel is a simple way to reach the island. Come summertime, tourists can take a ferry from Cancun or Riviera Maya.
Cozumel is known primarily for what lies off its coast—the largest underwater reef in the Northern hemisphere. Revered by avid scuba divers and casual snorkelers alike, this area is brimming with colorful sea life and crystal-clear blue waters. Sunsets in Cozumel are equally breathtaking. Families will love the accommodating resorts, the laid-back feel of downtown Cozumel, numerous excursions (zip-lining and beyond), and adventure parks. Couples looking for relaxation and romance will find it in Cozumel, thanks to its secluded feel. Whether you choose Cozumel as your main destination or enjoy the island on a day trip, the beauty of the Caribbean Sea awaits.
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