Mexico is perhaps the most common travel destination that North Americans have visited over the past decades. The close proximity, tropical climates, and influx of all-inclusive resorts are the more obvious reasons for its popularity. But when you take a closer look at the myriad of regions in Mexico, you can begin to understand the beautiful complexity of the country.
All of the destinations in Mexico differ from each other, bringing something unique to the table. No matter what your vacation style, there’s a region in Mexico that’s right for you.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most eclectic cities you’ll explore in Mexico, which is why it’s become such a hot tourist destination.
Every year, millions flock to Mexico’s favorite resort city to indulge in the gorgeous beaches, and it’s also a terrific destination for families, with all the comforts of home. It’s also famous for being a top LGBTQ destination – with some calling it the “San Francisco of Mexico.”
What to do: While total relaxation is always an option, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to be for those who love exploring during their vacation. The beaches here are all different and offer different options for relaxing and recreation depending on your preferences.
The variety of terrain allows for a great selection of adventurous activities like zip lining, scuba diving, mountain biking, and ATV touring. The food lovers will celebrate the gastronomy in Puerto Vallarta – the options range from casual cafes and late night eateries to award winning, gourmet restaurants.
A guided trip to San Sebastian, only ninety minutes from town and located in the Sierra Madre mountains at 3000 feet above sea level is also a must, with the town largely untouched by time with its classic buildings and 18th-century church.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, take a trip to Yelapa, a quiet village where you can go for a hike, or try some snorkeling and kayaking.
Where to stay: Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals are a great way to experience one of the Mexican Riviera’s top vacation destinations, since they offer plenty of luxury, privacy, and space. Many are also uniquely decorated and feature authentic tile work, local crafts, and beautiful pieces of art. Also, because many rentals are in luxury condominiums and resort complexes, guests can still take advantage of the amenities, spas and restaurants offered by the resort. And with so many beachfront rentals available, travelers can still wake up and smell the small water on their balcony and be steps away from the warm water and fabulous surf.
After arriving in Punta Mita, you’ll immediately feel appreciation for the natural beauty Mexico has to offer. This 1500 acre peninsula is surrounded by lush tropical forests, mountains, and breathtaking blue skies.
Punta Mita is also so exclusive, its most famous restaurant, Mesa 1, only offers one seating a day. They only serve a maximum of fifteen clients a day, giving them the opportunity to lavish attention on their customers and food. This is the type of experience only Punta Mita can provide.
What to do: Simply enjoying the scenic beauty of Punta Mita is a top priority when staying in this region. It’s common to see rare wildlife roaming the area, including some gorgeous tropical birds. If you’ve ever wanted to see Humpback whales, you’ll get the opportunity if you visit Punta Mita in the winter months, with guided tours allowing you to observe them in their natural habitat.
If you want a break from enjoying nature, Punta de Mita Village is close by and filled with rich local culture. In recent years the dining scene has expanded, which now offers highly rated gourmet restaurants, a martini bar, and cosy corner cafes. There are many friendly fishermen you’ll come across who supply delicious seafood to the area, so don’t forget to bring your appetite!
Where to stay: Punta Mita is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico for luxury villa rentals. Choosing from luxury villa rentals in Punta Mita means the opportunity to explore 25 miles of magnificent beaches overlooking the coastline along Mexico’s deep-blue Pacific. These range from intimate couple hideaways to large family estates, so there’s something for every type of group.
When you think of Cabo, you might automatically think of wild student tourists staying at an all-inclusive resort. This classic region is so much more than that, and waiting to be explored!
With a set of rich traditions and cultural heritage to boot, a luxury vacation in this part of the world allows you to rest assured that you’re not only bound to enjoy a holiday filled with freedom and relaxation but that you’ll also be able to discover what makes Mexico such an appealing destination as a whole.
What to do: Located at the top of the Baja California Peninsula, this charming region began as a small fishing village and exploded into a hot tourist destination. Because of the shoreline location, hitting the beach and enjoying the water is always a favored activity in Cabo.
It’s known as “The Aquarium of the World” and is a haven for divers, as it features some of Mexico’s best snorkelling, as well as for fishing lovers, considering its abundance of Marlin, and even for whale watchers, as whales from Alaska and Siberia migrate to Cabo each winter.
The city is also home to some top-notch dining and nightlife and is appreciated worldwide for its delicious blend of ingredients, aromas, and spicy kick; Mexican cuisine can be found in some truly superior forms in Cabo San Lucas. From traditional restaurants that feature time-honored dishes such as tostadas and el mole poblano to humble little cantinas nestled within corners of the city, there’s no denying that the taste of Mexican food is a great way to experience this vibrant town.
Where to stay: Of course, with so much to offer travelers, it’s no surprise that there are also a high number of luxury vacation rentals available for rent as well, with owners that have a lot of experience in providing travelers with top-notch service. While many students flock here during March break to let loose at local resorts, there are tons of luxury villas in Cabo that offer much more privacy. Additionally, since some of these rentals are often located on resorts, you can also benefit from many of the amenities offered by the resort.
Tulum has been frequently cited as the best beach in Mexico. This ancient region is filled with rich history and exquisite beaches and is the perfect place for the laid back visitor who’s ready to really kick back.
Although it’s remained a major tourist destination for years now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some authentic areas to enjoy a tranquil vacation. Tulum is one of Mexico’s hottest areas for an upscale vacation, and has avoided the touristic reputation that other local destinations have received.
What to do: From visiting Xel-Ha, a famous aquarium and amusement park, to hiking the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve trails, to renting a bike to explore the side streets, to learning how to kiteboard, snorkel, or scuba dive while discovering the local underwater cave system, there is something for everyone.
The most popular activity in Tulum is visiting the local ruins which are located right on the sea. Visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve is another attraction that showcases the natural treasures of Tulum.
The beaches here really steal the show, which are nothing but soft white sand and piercing blue waters. Although the region has become one of the most sought out travel destinations in the world, Tulum has remained a simple area that isn’t crowded with tourist accommodating development.
Where to stay: Because of Tulum’s lack of development, the accommodations here are private and extremely authentic and finding the right Tulum villa rental may just be the element that locks your Riviera Maya getaway perfectly into place.
Our beautiful luxury villa rentals in Tulum are enhanced by the stunning, natural vistas and historical richness of the landscape, and they, in turn, enhance that view. Renting a luxurious beachfront villa in Tulum is guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.
Now that you’ve learned about our favorite destinations in Mexico, where do you want to go for your next trip?