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Mexico offers the visitor an eye into Mayan history combined with spectacular beaches, delicious cuisine made from local seafood, produce and herbs, exciting shopping values and an eye-opening world beneath the sea. Whether you elect to vacation at a beach resort, stay in a Colonial town or retire to the mountains, you will find the Mexican people to be gentle and kind souls. They are proud of their country, and happy to share its warmth and charm with new friends.
The Caribbean beach resorts of Cancún and Cozumel boast shimmering white sand beaches lapped by a turquoise blue sea. The Pacific coast includes the major resort areas of Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. On the Gulf, there are Mérida, Campeche and Veracruz. Shopping is a grand adventure where haggling is the order of the day. Silver jewelry from Taxco, Saltillo and talavera tile, vanilla, pottery from Jalisco, shell jewelry and handiwork from Manzanillo and Baja California Sur, tequila and kahlua, embroidery from Campeche, hammocks, paper maché, handmade blankets, leather from San Miguel de Allende, obsidian carvings from Pachuca, etc. are just a few indigenous treasures to take home.
Each region has something distinctive to offer.
Acapulco This Pacific Ocean resort area is defined
by a large crescent-shaped bay and golden beaches, and is
known for its nightlife. Don't miss the cliff divers and the
18th century Fortress of San Diego.
Cancún This world-renowned Yucatán resort area is built on a narrow peninsula. Mayan temples, swimming with the dolphins, Atlantic submarine excursions, world-class shopping and top-notch restaurants are only a few of the highlights. The bar scene - which draws the college crowd in droves - is a major attraction.
Cozumel Boasting the largest reef system in the Americas (the second largest in the world), this Mexican Caribbean island is less than an hour's ferry ride from Playa del Carmen on the mainland and has some of the best dive sites in Mexico - if not all of the Caribbean. There are also beautiful lagoons for snorkeling and swimming on the calm west coast. Much of the island remains primeval jungle, and the uninhabited east coast's beaches provide a divine spot for a romantic picnic - despite the oft times rough seas. The San Gervasio Mayan ruins and a 250-acre nature preserve are popular attractions, as are jungle tours, horseback riding on the beach and swimming with the dolphins in Chankanaab Park. Cozumel is no stepchild to Cancún when it comes to shopping and fine dining, although the pace is less frenetic. A new golf course is drawing a more upscale crowd, and the development of luxury condominiums and million-dollar estates has evolved as a result.
Los Cabos/Cabo San Lucas Set at the end of the Baja Peninsula between oceans and exotic desert terrain, this region is known for sport fishing and whale watching, and is currently earmarked for new development, including an improved infrastructure and golf courses.
Manzanillo Mexico's "Billfish Capital of the World" has superb fishing and beaches, watersports and a new boardwalk that will be home to shops and restaurants in the near future. The area is also renowned for its golf courses.
Mazatlán Besides prize-winning sport fishing, this shrimp port is famous for its laid-back ambiance, friendly people, golden beaches, lively atmosphere and one of Mexico's prettiest sea promenades.
Puerto Vallarta Once the choice of Hollywood directors who were drawn to its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque scenery, this Pacific resort area abounds with whitewashed buildings embowered by colorful bougainvillea. Popular activities include whale watching and turtle nesting. Pretty beaches form a backdrop to a lively arts scene, with a plethora of galleries to suit everyone's taste.
Riviera Maya South of Cancún, this region is perhaps Mexico's most popular at the moment and includes the once quaint fishing village ofPlaya del Carmen, the upscale Playacar, Akumal, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Tulúm, Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Tres Rios, Cobá and Sian Ká an - a 70-mile stretch of beautiful, unspoiled beaches dotted with Mayan ruins.