With everything from stunning snorkeling in Baja to swimming in sacred cenotes, Mexico is a tropical dream come true. Beaches for days, ancient ruins, vibrant festivals, capitating cities and sleep villages – whatever your vacation vibe, you’re sure to find it in easy-to-get-to, sun-splashed friendly Mexico. Here are our top reasons to go right now:
It’s Easy to Get To and the Weather Is Great
Right off the bat, these are two outstanding reasons to go to Mexico for vacation. It’s easy to get to with nonstop flights from DFW and other US gateway cities to Cabo, Cancun, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta. The weather is warm year-round, another reason to jet off to this convenient destination when you’re in need of sun therapy. While there are a variety of climates throughout the country – east and west coast, interior, jungle, etc. – the best time to visit is during the dry season between December and April. The wet season generally runs May to October on the west coast and to November on the east coast.
There Are Resorts in All Price Ranges
From lavish all-inclusive resorts to thalassotherapy spas to backpacker-friendly yoga retreats, Mexico offers fantastic accommodation options for all budgets. Whether you’re a family looking for an amenity-packed resort with waterslides for the kids and fine dining for Mom and Dad, or a honeymoon couple seeking an adults-only boutique hotel with private bungalows and a secluded beach, there are countless options from which to choose.
Bonus Tip: Most places in Mexico will accept US dollars, so there’s very little reason to exchange dollars into pesos. Choose an all-inclusive resort and all you’ll need is tip money!
History and Culture Abounds
When it’s time for a beach break – don’t worry, the white sand will still be there when you return – Mexico offers a slew of options for soaking up its rich history and culture. Some of the best are the Yucatan Peninsula’s sacred Chichen Itza, with its towering El Castillo; Tulum, for its beachside location; and archaeologically significant Uxmal and its dominating Pyramid of the Soothsayer.
If you prefer to truly feel tradition rather than see it, sign up for a temazcal ritual, a traditional Mexican steam bath and spiritual practice. You’ll enter a dome-shaped sweat lodge with anywhere from 2 to 20 people and experience a variety of toxin-cleansing, renewal-inspiring healing methods. After the fragrant and steamy session, you’ll take a cold dip to lower your body temperature. Look for these traditional experiences in local villages, day spas and resorts.
Mexico is rich in traditional festivals, as well, and the locals are always happy to have visitors join in the festivities. Learn about the celebration of life that is Día de Muertos, celebrate Dia de la Independencia with art exhibitions and music and join in the Carnaval parades of Veracruz and Mazatlan.
Mexico Offers Exceptional Food and Drink
Considered some of the most palate-pleasing cuisine in the world, Mexico food (and drink) is delicious. Go for churros or ceviche, tamales or tacos, margaritas or mezcal – it’s all good. Seek out street food, if you can, for truly authentic tastes. Resorts throughout Mexico pride themselves on offering flavors of the region in their world-class restaurants. Of course, you’ll want to seek out the best tequila while you’re here – true connoisseurs might even like to follow the famous Tequila Trail, where you’ll find some of the world’s top distilleries.