Mexico is a long-time favourite destination with travellers from the United States, thanks to its proximity, vibrancy and vast landscapes. But it’s also sought-after with holidaymakers from all around the world, who visit Mexico for its bustling cities, beach escapes and archaeological masterpieces like the Mayan and Aztec ruins. Whether it’s your first time visiting or you’ve been before, this guide is for you. We’ve got top destinations in Mexico that’ll make your trip one to remember.
There’s only one place to start with our top destinations in Mexico, and that’s Cancun. Situated along a sweeping stretch of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, Cancun is filled with five-star resorts that attract more than five million visitors per year. But you’ll never feel like it’s overcrowded, thanks to wide beaches and the sheer number of all-inclusive hotels. The city has become a popular destination during Spring Break, with thousands of Americans heading here for all-night parties. There’s more to Cancun than dancing until the sun comes up, however. Laze the days on the beach, visit the world’s largest underwater museum and discover the many Mayan ruins, which brings us nicely to…
Mayan ruins 📜
There are plenty of Mayan ruins scattered across Mexico, including Cancun, Chiapas and Tabasco. From the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins with its Kukulkan Pyramid standing 75-feet tall to the Ruins Of Coba, there are over 200 sites where you can gain insight into the history of the Mayan civilisation while snapping a picture or two of the majestic landmarks. Regardless of where you are in Mexico, there’s every chance that you’re not far from a breathtaking Mayan ruin.
Mexico City 🌆
Once a no-go city for tourists, today Mexico City is filled with vibrant streets, rich history and impressive pre-Hispanic and colonial-era architecture. Then there are excellent restaurants, edgy museums and art galleries, designer shopping stores and excellent nightlife. The political capital of Mexico has come a long way, becoming a city of artistry with music, dance, theatre and art everywhere you look.
Bahía Concepción, Baja California Sur ⛱
There isn’t a shortage of beaches in Mexico, with travellers spoilt for choice almost everywhere they look. Bahía Concepción, however, offers something a little different from the rest. This immaculate bay off the Sea of Cortez is located halfway down the Baja California peninsula. It features pristine sands and bright blue waters where you can laze the day on the beach before cooling off with a dip. Even better, the beach is surrounded by forests of cacti and mountains, offering the type of paradise you see on a postcard (or in an Instagram snap). Make it your reality with a trip here to soak up some sun.
Oaxaca City 🏛️
You will find Oaxaca City along Mexico’s southern coast. It’s generally regarded as the gastronomic capital of Mexico, with a range of flavours ready to delight your taste buds. The city also happens to be a World Heritage Site and boasts natural and man-made landmarks, such as the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a Baroque church and former monastery, and Zona Arqueológica de Monte Albán, an archaeological zone founded in 500 B.C.
Puerto Vallarta 🌴
A popular vacation destination since the 1960s, Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone – whether you want to swim with dolphins or do a spot of paragliding. If, however, you’re looking for a more low-key experience, stroll around the city and visit the many shops for arts and crafts or spend the day at the beachside promenades. Because when it comes to beaches, Puerto Vallarta is the place to go and offers some of the softest sands around.
Costa Maya 🏰
If you’re looking for a Mayan experience away from busy areas like Cancun, Costa Maya is the place to go. This top destination in Mexico has quaint fishing villages with a focus on sustainable development and excellent diving sites. And make sure you spend some time at Laguna Bacalar, where you can take in the sweeping scenery of this lakeside town with its old Spanish fortress. The ruins of Chichen Itza is just a 50-minute drive from Costa Maya.
Isla Holbox 🏊♀️
The Island of Holbox, known as Isla Holbox to the locals, gets international and domestic travellers year-round visits, thanks to its Caribbean-style beaches and colourful buildings. But it’s the crystal clear waters that will really impress you – go for a swim, then rest on one of the many beaches before heading back into the water for a spot of snorkelling and scuba diving. The island is carefree with a laid-back atmosphere, and that makes it the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle.
Top destinations in Mexico
Whether you’re living it up in Cancun or are exploring the quieter surroundings of Oaxaca City, Mexico has a destination for you. So grab the Ray-Bans, book your flights and head to a country that has just about everything, from paradise islands to sprawling metropolises ready to amaze you.