Having lived in southern California and Texas for the past few decades, Mexico has always been an easy vacation, and we’ve been countless times. During the dark days of Covid-19, Mexico welcomed us with open arms, so we went a few times then as well. The hotels arranged Covid testing which made it easy and convenient.
Cancún / Riviera Maya / Cozumel
From Cancún, to Playa del Carmen, to Akumal and Tulúm, we’ve been up and down the Riviera Maya and it’s always amazing. There is no shortage of great activities there. Some of our favorites: snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal; visiting the fantastic parks of Xcaret and Xplor; swimming through an underground cave at Rio Secreto; climbing the pyramid at Kobá and marveling at the one at Chichén Itzá (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); swimming in a freshwater cenote (there are thousands!); bird watching; taking in a food tour in Playa del Carmen; catching a Cirque de Soleil show at La Joya; and swimming with the massive whale sharks off Holbox or Isla Mujeres.
Puerto Vallarta was the site of the first food tour we ever did! It was all we needed to see how important a food tour is in getting to know a new place. This was also the very first time we tried zip-lining – but it wouldn’t be the last.
The twin cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo on the southern tip of Baja California are known for beautiful beaches, water activities and nightlife. We’ve been a few times.
We visited this beautiful Pacific port city in 2016.
We visited this beautiful Pacific port city in 2003 and again in 2016.
We visited Mexico’s capital city back in 1993 for the COMDEX computer expo trade show. Strolling through the Zócalo, seeing the mariachis at Garibaldi Square and dining at the Hacienda de las Morales were highlights.
Costa Maya / Mahahual
Costa Maya is a cruise port built specifically for tourism near the small fishing village of Mahahual. It’s about 80 miles south of Cancún and sits atop the world’s second largest barrier reef. Here you will find dense jungles, Mayan ruins, and world-renowned diving. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an Reserve lies just north of Costa Maya.
San Miguel de Allende
We spent three weeks in 2023 in this beautiful laid-back artsy little town dominated by the massive Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel with pink wedding cake towers and frequented by expats and nomads.
Later this year, we will spend a few weeks in Oaxaca, a foodies paradise.