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The crystal clear waters of Cozumel. The pearly white beaches of Cancun. The colonial charm of Puerto Vallarta. The majestic desert-meets-ocean landscape of Los Cabos. The romance of Acapulco. Mexico offers a beach for everyone.

 

 

Cancun/Riviera Maya
Nestled on the Yucatan peninsula, Cancun sits on a strip of land, surrounded on three sides by water. The Caribbean waters are a stunning blue, and the beaches are that sort of soft, silky sugary-white sand that you simply must run your toes through. Cancun is perhaps Mexico's most visited tourist destinations, and flights operate frequently, making it an easy jaunt from most US cities. Many resorts here are all-inclusive, and there are plenty of American-branded restaurants as well. All-inclusive options are the smartest because of the high prices in Cancun for food and beverages.

Just south of Cancun (and an easy distance from the Cancun airport) sits the Caribbean coast known as Riviera Maya. If you are familiar at all with the landscape, this includes Playa del Carmen and the Tulum area. Riviera Maya's properties are different from Cancun's in that they are built more as self-contained properties, almost all of which are all-inclusive. Many are set within the gorgeous jungle, and almost all are on the beach. Some have long beach expanses, while some properties offer small beaches but larger, more elaborate pools. Some properties specialize in family vacations, while others are romantic and adults only. Excellent Mayan ruins are nearby and make a great day's excursion, as well as a visit to Xel-Ha park.

Cozumel & Isla Mujeres
Just off the coast of the Yucatan and south of Cancun lies Mexico's largest island, Cozumel. This Caribbean beauty offers some great diving and snorkeling because of the Palancar coral reef, the second largest in the world. There's enough to do on this island that you're never bored. Cruise traffic has boomed in the last decade, resulting in a busy feel to the downtown area. There's a mix of all-inclusive and European-plan properties. Some resorts are self-contained, while other hotels are simply a place to rest at night. And, in case you were wondering, Cozumel has its own airport.

North of Cozumel and off the coast of Cancun lies the tiny island of Isla Mujeres. This little treasure requires a ferry ride from Cancun (you'd first fly into Cancun airport). Once there, you can probably walk to your resort, or opt to take a taxi. The island is small enough that you'll learn its entire layout in a week, and you can rent golf carts to explore the southern end and visit the turtle farm. Isla Mujere's beaches are sandy white, and the residents are geniune. There's an authentic feeling here, and you may be surprised at the charm. Most travelers to this island are Europeans, and the best accomodations only boast Moderate ratings. Still, this is one place to try for yourself.

Puerto Vallarta
It is easy to fall in love with the people and the scenery in Puerto Vallarta. This tourist region sits on Banderas Bay, and includes Puerto Vallarta (downtown and the Marina area), the southern development in the more mountainous Mismayola area, and the newest development in Nuevo Vallarta, with its long expanses of beach. Wherever you are, you can take a relatively inexpensive taxi ride (or bus ride if you're adventurous) into downtown to shop, enjoy the Boardwalk, try some of the outstanding restaurants, or just enjoy the locals.
The town has colonial roots, and the roads in the downtown area are cobblestone, and whimsical sculptures adorn many public areas. Overwhelmingly, folks here are friendly. Puerto Vallarta was recently selected as one of the safest cities in the world. Jungle excursions and canopy tours are available, as is whale watching in the "cooler" half of the year. ~(Photo courtesy Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board)
Los Cabos
Sitting on the tip of the Baja peninsula lies Cabo San Lucas, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific, and where the mountain range literally tumbles into the ocean. I've heard this spot described as "Scottsdale with an ocean," and that may be an accurate description: the climate is desert, the resorts are trendy, and golfing abounds. Many of the beaches are not swimmable, but they certainly offer wonderful strolls. Fishing is also incredible.

Ixtapa
The resort town of Ixtapa, on the Pacific coast, sits midway between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Mountains serve as a backdrop, and palm trees sway along the sandy beach. Nearby is the sleepy village of Zihuatanejo, worthy of a day visit. Fishing is reportedly excellent here.

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