Mexico is one of the far-famed destinations in the worldwide list of most visited places, while it received over 39 million international visitors during the end of first semester of 2014. Mexico's vacation spots are bustling during the peak season, which is from December to mid-summer, hence it is important for you to choose the suitable time and then plan the visit to some great Mexico spots for family vacation.
Top 10 Vacation Spots in Mexico
Shortlisting only 10 vacation spots out of numerous exciting attractions is a thoroughly challenging task. You can actually dedicate your whole vacation concentrating on only one city, or only the beaches of Mexico. But doing that would be quite unfair on your part. To avoid the same dilemma, we have shortlisted the top 10 popular vacation spots of Mexico for you. Vacation spots in Mexico that are not listed here are also equally fascinating, but these are some of the most famous ones.
Being the capital of the country, Mexico City is a popular tourist destination in Mexico. The place is densely populated, yet you can enjoy a leisurely family vacation here. The city holds something special for everyone, all that you need to do is, to take your pick and enjoy its momentum. Some of the best vacation spots in Mexico City are: Cumbres del Ajusco National Park, Alameda Central Wooden Park, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan.
Meso-American archaeological site Teotihuacan, that holds Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and Calzada de Los Muertos (avenue of the dead) is located in the Mexico City. City museums like El Zocalo El Palenque, the National Museum of Anthropology, enormous Chapultepec Park (2000 acres) that homes Mexico's largest zoo, wooden roller coaster, and the children's museum Papalote Museo del Nino.
Huatulco, which is called the 'heart of Oaxaca', is one of the main cities of Mexico. While in Huatulco, you can visit about 9 bays and 35 beaches, if you wish for! Most of the Huatulco beaches can be reached by motor boats and, while on the ride, you can enjoy the ever fascinating shoreline of Huatulco. Listen to the ocean's sound through the Blowhole (La Bufadora) and see the massive 20 'stone faces' that are engraved on shore rocks, by the wind!
Apart from that, other major attraction in Huatulco include: Bahias de Huatulco National Park, Barra del Potrero Iguana Sanctuary, Botazoo Ecological Park, La Gloria Coffee Plantation sites, Canyons of Copalita River for kayaking and river rafting, 'Cascadas Magicas de Copalitilla' Copalita Waterfalls, the town of La Crucecita, La Crucecita Catholic Church Of Santa Cruz, 'The Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga' - Mazunte Turtle Sanctuary, 500 B.C. old archeological site of Punta Celeste, etc.
Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan. Merida is one of the popular vacation spots, especially amongst the devotional and spiritual tourists. Merida is the home to Catedral de San Iidelfonso. Along with it, there are numerous architectural and archaeological sites, colonial buildings, beaches, and animal reserves that you can visit.
Some of the 'must visit' sites of Merida include: Casa Montejo, 'Palacio de Govierno' - Palace of Governor, La Ermita de Santa Isabela Garden, Paseo de Montejo Boulevard, Regional Anthropology Museum, Ancient ruins of Chitza Nitza, Dzibilchaltun Mayapan Mayan, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Progreso beach vacation, Parque Zoologico del Centenario (Zoological Park of Centenario), Statue of Hideyo Noguchi, Galeria Merida Art Gallery, etc.
If you are looking for a vacation that offers you adventure, shopping, sightseeing, revision of history, and thrilling water sports, then Tulum is the best place for you. By visiting Tulum, you can see the top snorkeling destination of Mexico - Great Maya Reef. Take it from me, the coast kissing sand banks and stunning beauty of Tulum is enough to leave you mystified.
Some of the most visited sites in Tulum include: Geological formations of Gran Cenote in Riviera Maya, Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Maya Diving Center, Community Tours Sian Ka'an, Reef of Cenote Dos Ojos, Divino Paraiso Club, Xibalba Dive Center Specialty Shop, LabnaHa Cenotes and Eco Park, Mezzanine Club, Ocho Tulum Kite School, Maya Spa, Luis' gift shop, etc.
Cancun attractions are just endless, from sailing to windsurfing and from kayaking to paragliding. You can also enjoy fishing and swimming in the Caribbean sea and the beautiful lagoons of Cancun. If you want to proudly beam about your visit to Mexico, then you cannot miss out on Cancun. The beaches, restaurants, historical sites, and everything about Cancun makes it one of the best places to visit in Mexico.
Some Cancun vacation attractions include: El Meco and El Ray ruins, Hummer Jungle Tours, Nautilus Diving & Training Center, Mayan Aqua Dive, Coco Bongo Dance Club, La Isla Shopping Mall, Cancun Catamarans, Actun Chen ruins, Wednesday Bullfights, beautiful islands of Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres, Xcaret ecological park, Xpu-Ha ecological park, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, dive spots of Palancar, El Bajito, Manchones and Chitales, etc.
Some major religious sites of Morelia are: Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Catarina de Sena, Guadalupe Sanctuary, etc. Apart from that, the other attractions include: Museum of Michoacan, Tarascas Fountain, Chivas Morelia Soccer Club, Villa Longin Water Park, Government Palace, Palace of Justice, Landmark of The Aqueduct, Palacio del Arte Stadium, Musical Museaum of Conservatorio de las Rosas, Nexpa Beach, Templo de las Monjas (Nuns' Temple), church of San Diego, El Bosque Central park, etc.
Guadalajara is the second most popular city of Mexico and the capital city of the state of Jalisco. Along with its remarkable historical sites, Guadalajara is home to lots of huge parks, funfairs, theaters, exciting Plazas, City Museum, Government Palace, Degollado Theater, the towers of the Cathedral, and many more.
Some of attractions here include: Zoologico Guadalajara (Guadalajara Zoo), Centro de Ciencia y Tecnologia Planetario Planetarium, the Guadalajara's Calandrias (horse rides), Instituto Cultural Cabanas (cultural institution), Bosque de la Primavera (Forest of the spring) situated in the Western Guadalajara, Catedral Metropolitana, Mirador del Palomar Point, Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple), Agua Caliente Water Park, Puerto Vallarta beach, Lake Chapala, Tlaquepaque Suburb of Guadalajara, towns of Tonala and Tequila, etc.
Cozumel is situated at the southeast side of Cancun, east side of Playa de Carmen and off the eastern coast of Yucatán Peninsula, in the Caribbean sea. Cozumel is one of the popular vacation spots, since it is rich with natural and man-made beauties of coral reefs, beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan hotels, shopping malls, and modern parks.
Some of the major attractions include: Chankanaab Park that facilitates swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, The Maya Zone, stunts by sea lions at The Sea Lion, Scubatony Cozumel, Spearfishing Cozumel, Isla de Pasion island and state park, Nachi-Cocom island, Scuba Du Specialty Shop, Discover Mexico History Museum, Faro Celerain Eco Park, etc.
Monterrey is also called the 'City of Spanish Roots' and it is the capital of the State of Nueva Leon. It is said that 'boredom is strictly prohibited' when you're in Monterrey. Similar to the major cities in Mexico, Monterrey is home to different water sports, canyons, natural trails, and adventure sports.
Some of the other attractions include: Museo del Vidrio, La Pinacoteca del Estado Art Museum, Gran Plaza o Macroplaza (a historic walking area), Cascada Cola de Caballo waterfall, religious site of Paseo de Santa Lucia, Parque Niños Heroes park, Caves of Grutas de Garcia, mountain of Canon de la Huasteca, Museo del Obispado historical museum, Macroplaza town-square, architectural building of Antiguo Palacio Federal, Fundidora park, Centro Cultural Alfa movie theater, Bioparque Estrella park, Barrio Antiguo (a historic walking area), historical village of Pueblo de Santiago, etc.
Puebla City is the capital of the state of Puebla and it is an important city of Mexico and one of the popular Mexico vacation spots. It is located at the east side of Mexico City and west side of the port of Veracruz. Since it is the home to varied architectural and historical sites it was included in the list of World Heritage Sites, in the year 1987. Main square of the city of Puebla is stunningly decorated with well tended gardens, shade trees, and beautiful, ancient fountains.
Some of the popular Puebla attractions include: Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal, African Safari Zoo of exotic animals, Museo de Artes Populares (museum of popular art), Mercado el Parian, Cantona Archaeological Ruins, Catedral Basilica de Puebla (Cathedral of Puebla), Callejon de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs) antique shop, Secret Convent of Santa Monica, Iglesia de Santo Domingo (Church of Santo Domingo), etc.
We can say that Mexico is the perfect blend of art and culture, native America and colonial reign, modern vista and nature's realm. So, why not leave out all the rest and get bemused by this amazing country! Happy journey!