Start Planning Your Mexico Vacation
Gem on the Yucatan: Cancun
If you want a sparkling, multi-faceted vacay, head to Cancun. You've got the sugar-white beaches, cool historical sites, rockin' adventures, Hotel Zone party spots, breath-stealing resorts, gourmet dining, killer bars and of course, all the creature comforts (read: Wi-Fi) that 21st century humans expect. But there's more-every kind of excursion you can imagine: zip lining, ATV rides, dolphin encounters, along with every kind of every kind of water sport on the planet. Then there's the land activities like tennis, biking, hiking, plus all the yoga, Pilates and exercisey stuff you can handle, not to mention world-class golf with aahmazing views. And the food and drink? It's an exciting blend of Mexican and European flavors: you can nosh on street tacos or do the whole gourmet thing with white table cloths. No matter where you land, Cancun has oceans of things to enjoy.
Other Destinations in Mexico
The Swiss Army Knife of Destinations: Mexico.
Let’s start with the east coast: Cancun’s got an epic party scene. Cozumel is the mecca for diving and snorkeling. Moving to the west coast, if you’re into adventure, head to Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or hit Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo for a similar vibe, but a bit more upscale. For those who want to escape into the wilds of nature, Huatulco and Mazanillo are your places to explore. Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos have majestic mountains that kiss their beachy shores, along with aahmazing golf courses, breath-stealing resorts and delicious beaches. But Cabo, situated at the tip of Baja, where the shimmering Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific, not only has a hip party vibe, it also has the iconic Los Arcos, where you can slow down and let the beguiling magic of Mexico wash over you.
Pyramid Scheme: Mayan Ruins
The majesty and influence of the Mayans here is undeniable and continues to attract travelers time and time again. The iconic stepped pyramids, along with the history and mystique of the Mayan culture can be felt–and seen–nearly everywhere: Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba are great ruins to check out. And here’s the good news: many locations are accessible by bus, car or one of the many tours offered in the area. But bring your walking shoes and sunscreen. The sun can be intense. You can even take the stairs down to the beach afterwards to cool off. For a non-beach day in Cancun, do a little time traveling and channel your inner archaeologist.
Coolio Caves: Cenotes
After years of heavy foot traffic, hurricanes and the natural progression of These enchanting phenomena are natural pits, or sinkholes, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Once inside, you can see geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, which spectacular. The word “cenote” was derived from the Mayan word “dzonot,” which means sacred well because they were considered the entrance to the mystical Mayan underworld. In and around Cancun, you’ll have of many magical water systems many to choose from. You can swim, float, jump in or just chillax. There’s nothing quite like them.
Island Time: Cozumel
This little island is just a seashell’s throw from Cancun. It’s about a 50-minute ride to Playa del Carmen, then you take a 45-minute ferry ride to Cozumel. Scuba diving is the big draw here–the reef system is part of the second largest barrier reef system in the world. Plunge into crystal-clear, turquoise waters to see exotic fish, sunken ship wrecks and gorgeous coral reefs. The dreamtastic beaches, rich historical sites, eco-parks, grub spots, boutiques, and more are swoon-worthy and definitely worth the trip.
Way Above Par: Golfing in Cancun
Whether you’re an award-winning professional or just a casual player who loves the occasional stroll around the course, Cancun’s championship golf courses offer some of the most sunbelievable views and games around. Imagine teeing off with the Caribbean breeze flowing through your hair. Definitely a vacay worth traveling for. Regardless of your handicap, check out the Cancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok or the Riviera Maya Golf Club for a great time in the fairways. They'll suit you to a tee.
Cancun Quick Facts
The main language in Cancun is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply in Cancun is 110 volts with two-prong outlets
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Cancun.
To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
The peak travel season for Cancun runs from December to April.