Top 10 Mexico Resorts

Ever thought about vacationing in Mexico?  If so, you need to know the Top10 Mexican resorts.

1)    Cancun – located on the Mexican Caribbean in the state of Quintana Roo, this spectacular seaside resort was but a twinkle in the Mexican government’s eye in the 1970s.  Today Cancun is Mexico’s top tourist destination and is known for its powdery-soft, milky-white beaches and for its top-tier hotels and Mexico all inclusive resorts that feature luxurious amenities, highly polished staffs and attention to the vacationer’s every need.  

2)    Cozumel – nestled not far from Cancun and often overlooked, this alluring Mexico resort is actually an island, only partially developed, and a hot spot for cruise ship landings and SCUBA diving.   Cozumel offers the best of Mexico with its friendly people, excellent accommodations, great dining options and unparalleled sea views.

3)    Cabo San Lucas – situated on the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, this fun locale is striking in its desert landscape, dry climate and unspoiled beauty.   Still a boom town in many ways, Cabo appeals to fishermen and divers and offers excellent hotels, top-notch dining and an active party scene.

4)    Mazatlan – a popular beach resort and Mexico’s second largest coastal metropolis, this bustling city charms with its rich history, affordable amenities and laidback ways.  Mazatlan beaches are always crowded, lively and full of sun seekers.  Shopping is first rate, and the choices of water sports are unmatched.

5)    Acapulco – known as the queen of Mexico’s beach resorts, this exciting destination was the first to introduce swim-up pool bars, rooms with swimming pools, hotels shaped like pyramids, parasailing, and, of course, cliff diving.    Carefree, boisterous and always full of parties, Acapulco is the quintessential Mexican resort.

6)    Puerto Vallarta – nestled along Banderas Bay on the Mexican Riviera, this once-sleepy village is picture perfect, offering palm-lined beaches, lush jungle vegetation, posh resorts and looking like what a Mexico resort should look like.   Always hopping with activity, Puerto Vallarta also boasts cobblestone streets, lovely architecture, a seaside boardwalk and charming white buildings with red tile roofs.

7)    Manzanillo – a bit undeveloped, this casual destination is not the typical Mexican resort.  The downtown harbor is a commercial port and accepts international ships of all shapes and sizes.  A few miles up the coast, Manzanillo’s luxurious and understated resort zone has two large bays and some unspoiled and nearly-empty beaches.

8)    The Riviera Maya – nestled along the eastern coast of Mexico, starting south of Cancun, this string of unspoiled, alabaster-white beaches, archeological sites and quaint villages has started to boom, attracting visitors in search of the real Mexico.   Amenities are growing and improving, making this stretch of Mexico a must-see.

9)    Huatulco – a world-class resort developed by the Mexican government, this relaxed Oaxaca locale offers some top-of-the-line amenities without a lot of fuss or tourist crowds.   Nine bays and thirty-six beaches, some only accessible by boat, are the main draw here, attracting nature lovers and sun-worshippers alike.

10)     Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo – nestled against the lush backdrop of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, these two towns are just a few miles apart and are two separate worlds.  Ixtapa is lively and offers outstanding hotels, golf and deep sea fishing, while Zihuatanejo, an unpretentious and authentic Mexican pueblo, is quiet, laidback and completely charming.

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