Mexico Vacation Travel Guide
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One of the most famous and well know tourist destinations in Mexico, Acapulco has a beautiful bay, many upscale hotels and a varied nightlife considered by many to be the finest throughout the country. Many of the television events regarding entertainment are filmed in Acapulco.
The oldest city in the Americas, Mexico City is often called the “City of Palaces”. Reminiscent of the past, the city is rich in architecture with many monuments, murals and Cathedrals that represent the cultural arts such as el “Palacio de Bellas Artes” which is beautifully constructed in art nouveau and deco.
Mexico City offers a large variety of museums like the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Art, and the National Museum of History, which has articles dating back to pre Spanish times. To the north, the Basilica de Guadalupe, which is the second most, visited in the world next to the Basilica San Pedro in Vatican City, Italy.
This Caribbean Island, which is 20 km to the West off the coast, is the largest in all of Mexico and is 650 sq km with an average temperature of 26 degrees centigrade year round with lush vegetation and has much rain during the rainy season. With the Mayan Reef being part of the second largest living reef system in the world, Cozumel has a large biodiversity of marine life which attracts tourists from around the globe looking to dive and snorkel in the calm, clear waters that surround this lovely island. Cruise ships frequent Cozumel from around the world and this tourist zone has many fine hotels, Golf courses, fine restaurants and Spas with some of the best cuisine that Mexico has to offer.
One of the most important port towns on the west coast of Mexico, Ensenada is only 113 km south of Tijuana. Many big ships put in to Ensenada for repairs, as do yachts from California that comes to take advantage of the lower labor prices that are available. Boasting an active nightlife, Ensenada is also a weekend getaway spot for the Southern California crowd that likes to party hard with a Mexican flair just south of the border.
Located just under 550 km northeast from Mexico City, Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. With magnificent architecture Guadalajara is one of the main cultural centers throughout the country where you can find many examples of magnificent historical architecture along with interesting Cathedrals and urban cultural centers like “Metropolitan Park” where there are numerous sporting activities available to the population. Guadalajara also has one of the important textile industries throughout the country
Located 277 km. from the city of Oaxaca and less than an hour by small plane from Mexico City, Huatulco has many beautiful beaches with calm, crystal clear water. Famous for 9 bays which make up over 36 beaches that are protected under the “Parque Nacional Bahias de Huatulco” or National Bays and Parks of Huatulco, Huatulco has an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, which almost guarantees sunny days almost year round. Water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving, are the main tourist attraction and Huatulco is also diverse and full of wildlife including the spawning and egg laying of sea turtles.
Considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Mexico and located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has it all from some of the hottest sport fishing in the country to some of the liveliest nightlife to be found anywhere in the country. Los Cabos is also home to the spawning grounds of the Grey Whale which occurs every winter in Bahia Magdalena. The stretch of land between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas which is about 33 kilometers is where you can find the most important concentration of hotels in the country with all of the services for the most discerning from beautiful beaches, fabulous cuisine, sport fishing, and world class Golf courses.
Located on the Central Pacific Coast, Manzanillo is considered the “World Capital of Sail fishing” and has many important National and International tournaments throughout the year. With minimum humidity and an average temperature of between 26 and 26 Celsius year round, Manzanillo is considered an important tourist destination. The Las Hades Marina, made famous by the movie 10 and along with many hotels and restaurants, Manzanillo is to be considered a top tourist destination within the country.
Considered one of the most important ports on the Pacific Coast, Mazatlan has an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and has been called the “Pearl of the Pacific” because of the classic constructions to be found throughout the city and many beautiful beaches along the coast with water sports being the main theme with world class surf, sport fishing, scuba and snorkeling available. Mazatlan also has 2 marinas where you can find ships from around the world along with fine restaurants and hotels.
Known as the “Sultan of the North”, Monterrey is located 729 km from Guadalajara and 933 km from Mexico City. The climate is hot year round and can reach 45 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Capital of the state of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey is one of the 3 most important cities in the country due to the commercial and industrial activities there and also has an important tourist base due to the interesting civil and religious architecture that can be found.
This city can be found in the southern region of the country and is surrounded by 4 valleys, which are protected by 3 mountain ranges with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Oaxaca also has beautiful architecture and buildings located in their historic section of the city where many Cathedrals and Basilicas can be found. Many archeological sites can be found along the outskirts of the city that are reminiscent of the pre Spanish “zapoteca” y “mixteca” eras.
Located in Bahia Banderas or Banderas Bay, which has crystal clear waters, is the second largest Bay on the American Continent, Puerto Vallarta is 352 km from Guadalajara on the end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. With an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, this area is characterized by jungle, rivers and waterfalls. Puerto Vallarta is also one of the best places in Mexico to scuba dive because of the many submarine canyons and mountain ranges below the sea. Considered a haven for artists, many movies have been filmed on location there including the famous “Night of the Iguana’ along with many open air restaurants and first class hotels.
Considered a border town and located on the extreme North West point of the country, Tijuana is 189 km from Mexicali and 29 km South of San Diego, California. With an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, the city is a modern center of cultural art and history. Tijuana is an entry city and has many day tourists coming down from the U.S. that come to take advantage of the lower prices and weekend nightlife that has made this town famous for the many discothèques, restaurants and bars.
Considered to be the most important port in Mexico, Veracruz is located 140 km from Xalapa, which is also the Capital of the state of Veracruz and is just under 400 km from Mexico City. The climate is considered tropical and the average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius year round. Famous for Fiestas and Carnivals, Veracruz has sand beaches with soft waves, which are ideal for water sports. Scuba diving and snorkeling is ideal off of Veracruz, which joins part of the National Park System of Reefs, which has a numerous variety of Fish and Coral among other sub marine species. Veracruz has many historic and important buildings including the San Juan Fort, which has been converted into a museum, which narrates the history of this port town dating back to pre Spanish times. Outside of the city you can visit archeological sites in the town of Cempoala.