December 05, 2016

When you daydream about a spectacular vacation, what do you envision?  You may be delighted to find that dreams come true when you vacation in Mexico.  The lovely Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, or Cabo San Lucas offer an abundance of unforgettable memories to be made.  You’ll be compelled to make that daydream a reality by traveling to this amazing part of the world.

Things to do in Cancun

sea turtle isla mujeres mexicoAlthough the nightlife and similar diversions make Cancun famous, don’t overlook the alternate activities that enrich the area.  Take an afternoon, or more, and head to Isla Mujeres, which is a short 8 miles off the Yucatán Peninsula.  Expect quiet seclusion while you’re here, although some local sites are worthy of your exploration.

While at Isla Mujeres, don’t miss Hacienda Mundaca, which belonged to a slave trader from the 19th century.  Many visit simply to hear of the mysterious death that house’s owner experienced.  It’s a fascinating excursion.

Isla Mujeres also thrills visitors with its proliferation of sea turtles, which can be viewed at the local turtle farm, or Tortugranja.  You can view hundreds of turtles during your tour, and visit the entertaining aquarium.

If you’re looking for a calm beach with a long stretch of clean sand, Playa Tortugas has long been praised for its relaxed atmosphere.  The calm waters provide the perfect environment for numerous water activities, and the open air restaurants in the area delight visitors with choices for meal times.  

In addition to restaurants to enjoy, you can find shops to pick up souvenirs or other items while you’re vacationing.  It’s definitely worth stopping by the lovely Playa Tortugas while in Cancun.  

temple of kukulkanIf you enjoy cultural activities, it’s definitely worth traveling 2.5 hours away from Cancun to the amazing Chichén Itzá.  These ruins dazzle visitors by showcasing the area once dominated by the Maya Empire.  You can see pyramids, temples and other stone structures that were considered very sophisticated in AD 750-1200.  And they’re still amazing today!

One of the well known structures is Temple of Kukulkan, which is also called El Castillo.  Exploring this pyramid reveals much about the importance of astronomy to the Maya civilization.  A few years ago, this World Heritage Site was honored to be named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

banderas bay

This glorious corner of the world provides ample opportunities to make your vacation magnificent.  One potential highlight of your stay would be Bahía de Banderas, or Banderas Bay.  This glorious beach provides a little something for everyone, from relaxing near the turquoise waters, sampling the clubs with ocean views, excellent snorkeling on the southern end, and looking at the variety of sea creatures that call this area home.  Such as stingrays!

Another famous landmark near Puerto Vallarta, is Los Arcos.  This refers to a row of arches in the southern part of the city, which also serve as an amphitheater.  It’s a spectacular place for an evening walk, especially along the Malecón, which is a walkway that runs along a portion of the previously mentioned Bahía de Banderas.  

In this area, expect to see street performers, merchants, and cultural performances on the weekends.  It’s a lovely way to get a glimpse into the Mexican culture.

If you’d like to escape from the tourist scene, you might consider visiting Bucerías.  This lovely fishing village is well worth the bus ride if you’d enjoy spending an afternoon fishing, swimming, or enjoying a beach side dining establishment.  Considered an oasis by visitors, you’ll definitely appreciate an afternoon, (or more), of relaxation.

Another well known area of Puerto Vallarta– Playa los Muertos– or Dead Man’s Beach, provides abundant opportunities to enjoy your vacation with windsurfing, jet skiing, and even beach volleyball.   You can also enjoy plenty of quality restaurants in the area, as well as bars if you’re interested in the nightlife.

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Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

sun lovers beach caboDepending on how you want to spend your vacation, Cabo San Lucas ranks high for sunbathing.  Find an abundance of glorious beaches for just that, such as Playa Solmar or Playa Del Amor.

If you’d like to dive in and swim for a while, some of the beaches are especially known for that purpose, due to a lack of undertows or strong waves.  Lover’s Beach and Playa Medano make excellent choices for swimming.

If you plan to leave the beach, enjoy a lovely day or afternoon at Cabo del Sol Golf Club, where you can perfect your swing on a challenging course.  Regardless of how the golf game goes, it will take place in a sample of glorious paradise.  So even the stunning scenery is worth the trip.

Perhaps you’d like to see something unique on this trip.  You can easily visit the Iglesia de San Lucas, or Church of San Lucas, when you go downtown.  This Catholic church was constructed in 1730, and is surrounded by a lovely plaza and numerous restaurants and shops.  Even though renovations have been necessary, it’s still surprisingly similar to the way it was in the 19th century.  This offers an amazing opportunity to look into architecture of the past. 

This area connects with the nearby town square, called Calle Cabo San Lucas.  Here you can find more shops and restaurants, as well as a lovely gazebo.

cabo san lucasAnother gorgeous place to visit:  Land’s End, or El Arco.  These rock formations are located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas, and provide amazing photo opportunities.  A lot of sea lions live in the area, as well.  

It’s not a safe area for swimming, but you can take a water taxi in from the marina.  Some of the boats traveling to the area even offer glass bottoms, so you can check out the sea life.  The area offers some seclusion, if that’s what you’re seeking.  It’s definitely worth the excursion.

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