Covering a vast 800,000-square-mile expanse, Mexico offers an exquisite and varied landscape. Here, bustling metropolitan areas collide with centuries-old archeological ruins and thick, lush jungles meet crystal clear ocean waters. And with such a diverse terrain, travelers never run out of things to do. From recharging on world-famous white-sand beaches in Cabo to exploring ancient Mayan villages in Riviera Maya, an incredible selection of experiences awaits just south of the border.
Los Cabos: Los Cabos encompasses the area between Cabo San Lucas, a vibrant town known for its nightlife, and San José del Cabo, its quainter, more subdued colonial-style counterpart. Along the 20-mile corridor connecting the two towns, you'll find beautiful white-sand beaches, championship golf courses, and some of the world's very best fishing.
Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta, situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bay of Banderas, is one of Mexico's most sophisticated destinations. Bordered by golden beaches and lush palm-covered mountains, it's the perfect spot to relax and recharge. Enjoy the simple pleasures of sun and sand, or indulge in more decadent treats: world-class spas, high-end restaurants, or boutique shopping.
Punta Mita: If you're looking for an exceptionally private getaway, look no further than Punta Mita, a secluded resort town tucked away on a small peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific coast. You'll enjoy exclusive access to over 9 miles of blissful beaches, where you can relax in total serenity. And if you decide to venture out of your private hideaway, Puerto Vallarta is just a short drive away.
Riviera Maya: This strip of Caribbean coastline on the Yucatán Peninsula is one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations for good reason. In addition to heavenly beaches – think powder-soft sand and warm, turquoise water – there are plenty of one-of-a-kind attractions to discover. Explore Mayan villages and caves, swim by the only archaeological site on the sea, and snorkel along the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere.
For the best weather, plan to visit Mexico somewhere between the end of November and the end of May. Though, in April you may see an increase in visitors. As the country is predominantly Roman Catholic, Easter is a big celebration, and destinations can become crowded.
To avoid tourists and enjoy nearly perfect temperatures, consider traveling in January, after the New Year. Things are generally quiet at that time and the weather is wonderful.
Summers in Mexico are hot. However, from June until September, there’s a great chance that a stunning afternoon thunderstorm will cool things off…at least for a while. Also, on most of the coast, you’ll find a pleasant breeze, which can make the heat and humidity bearable
Sue has been in the travel industry for 3 decades. And though she has explored incredible destinations all over the world, she always longs to return to Puerto Vallarta & Punta Mita (even if she’s only just left). Since 1989, Sue has made numerous trips to the area and is still charmed by its exquisite landscape and warm, friendly atmosphere.
At the age of 16, Kim started her career as an intern for a travel agency in Yonkers, New York and by 22, she had traveled the world once over, discovering her insatiable passion for travel. After nearly 15 years at travel agencies, Kim was asked to apply her expertise to villa rentals and, while initially hesitant, she found that she absolutely loved it. Now, almost 3 decades later, Kim has created memorable villa vacations for hundreds of guests in destinations around the globe – with a focus on Mexico.