Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.
The Yucatán Peninsula features beach resorts in Cancún and along the Riviera Maya, a stretch of white sand bordering the Mesoamerican Reef, making it popular for diving and snorkeling. The peninsula is also home to Cobá and Tulum, Mayan archaeological sites. Nearby in the Caribbean Sea is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its scuba diving. Other major seaside resorts include Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. In the south, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas are home to indigenous cultures that have maintained their traditional food, customs and crafts such as pottery and weaving.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico, along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline. In the state of Quintana Roo, it’s known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Its Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare runs parallel to the beach, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs.
Recommended Days: 2 days
Take ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (2 hours). It is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there’s diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures.
Recommended Stay: 1 day
3. Isla Mujeres
Take a ferry again from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres (4 hours). Isla Mujeres is a Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, 13 kilometers off the coast from Cancún. It’s a vacation destination known for beaches such as northern Playa Norte, resort hotels and for snorkeling and scuba diving on the surrounding coral reefs. At Punta Sur, the southern tip, there’s a lighthouse, the remains of a Mayan temple and a sanctuary for sea turtles.
Recommended Stay: 1 day
Take a ferry to Cancún from Isla Mujeres (1 hour). Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It’s composed of 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants.
Recommended Stay: 2 days
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