Mexico is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and luxurious resorts. With summer coming to an end, it’s the perfect destination for those in the north looking to escape the winds of winter. Whether you’re planning a mid-winter escape or next summer’s great destination, here are the best places to vacation in Mexico.

Cancun

No Mexican vacation list would be complete without the famed city of Cancun. This is likely what comes to mind when you think of vacationing in Mexico, and for good reason. With some of the country’s best beaches, resorts, restaurants, and shopping, Cancun is the most popular tourist destination in the country.

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In 2018, the city welcomed over six million tourists during the year, and is expected to welcome around nine million by the year 2025. The city is home to an underwater museum for those adventure seekers looking for something a little different. If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, Cancun should definitely be a consideration for your final destination.

Tulum, Mexico

A smaller beach town located south of the massive city of Cancun. Tulum is a bit more laid-back than its big brother to the north. With a population of only about 18,000, you’ll be able to lay back on its famed beaches and gaze out on the Carribean in relative peace. Whether you’re trying out a Yoga class at Sanara, or eating world-class Mexican cuisine at La Eufemia, Tulum has something to offer everyone. Vacation rentals in Tulum Mexico are quite affordable, so you can make the most out of your trip with an oceanview from your beach villa.

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Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the largest cities on the planet, with a population of nearly eight million people, and plenty to do. The nightclubs, restaurants, shopping districts, and historical landmarks in Mexico city offer world-class service and a vacation experience you won’t soon forget.

Experience the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Mexico incredible. A melting pot of various people from all over Central American and the world. Whether you’re visiting the famed hilltop castle, Chapultepec, or the iconic Catholic church, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’ll find no shortage of culture and history in this expansive metropolis in the heart of Mexico.

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Chichen Itza

Mexico was once home to the Mayan civilization, who mysteriously disappeared around 900 AD after their massive cities were abandoned one by one. The remains of their impressive step pyramids can still be found in many places in Mexico. With Chichen Itza being one of the more popular destinations to discover the Mayan ruins.
The dry season is between December to May; which is also peak travel season. From the massive Mayan pyramid to the other chilling reminders of a once-bustling civilization, Chichen Itza is truly the premier destination for the history lover in your life.

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Playa Del Carmen

If you’re looking for a coastal resort town known for stunning coral reefs and snorkeling, you’re looking for Playa Del Carmen. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula and straddling the Carribean coastline. This impressive coastal town is home to over 149,000 people.

Playa acts as a stop for several cruise lines, so you’ll likely meet other tourists during your stay coming from various cruise ships. Playa was originally a small fishing town but grew in popularity over the years due to its world-famous scuba diving locations and coral reefs. This is a must-see for any avid snorkelers, divers, or those that want to see what the Carribean offers underneath its waves.

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Oaxaca

Heading back to inland, you’ll find the city of Oaxaca. Complete with its amazing colonial architecture carved from green volcanic stone. With over sixteen indigenous populations, the state of Oaxaca has one of the densest populations of indigenous peoples.

The Spanish came looking for gold in Oaxaca soon after the fall of the famed city of Technoloctican, hence the gothic-style architecture that litters the city. Home to many archaeological sites, as well as the famed Templo de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca is historically and culturally diverse and rich with one-of-a-kind experiences.

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San Miguel de Allende

Built in Mexico’s central highlands, San Miguel is a city with a population of around 140,000. Nearly 200 miles from Mexico City, San Miguel is home to one of the nation’s most impressive Cathedrals. The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. This massive Catholic church is known for its pink towers that seem to reach toward the heavens in an impressive neo-gothic display of Spanish architecture.

The city was founded by the Spanish and quickly became a place of attraction for the incredible architecture of its many gothic-style buildings. You won’t find any sandy beaches here, but if you’re interested in the culture and history of the area, this is the place for you.