Great Cuisine, Culture, History and Beaches

Mexico is one of the worlds great travel destinations. Offering a sizzling mix of enthralling history, amazing beaches and fine cuisine, it’s no surprise the country receives nearly 100 million visitors annually. While the sheer volume of visitors might frighten you off, it shouldn’t. This vast country still has plenty of off the beaten track destinations and areas where you can escape the crowds. While some areas such as the Yucatan have become increasingly popular and busy, there are other untouched areas that receive relatively few visitors. Whatever the type of vacation you’re looking for, Mexico can deliver.

Not many destinations offer the breadth and depth of attractions that Mexico has to offer. From spectacular natural wonders to hilltop towns, there’s something on offer for everyone. The big attraction for many is Mexico’s coastline. The country is flanked on either side by the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, meaning there’s no shortage of amazing beaches. While the Gulf Coast tends to offer calmer seas and warmer waters, the Pacific Coast offers some excellent surf.

Aerial view of Balandra Beach Mexico
The exquisite Balandra Beach close to La Paz in Baja California

Between the two coasts is a whole lot more to enjoy. There are numerous Mayan and Aztec ruins across the south of the country, including world famous sites such as Chichén Itza, Palenque and Coba. There’s also some fantastic villages, towns and cities to visit, particularly during festivals where the locations really come to life. There’s also some amazing landscapes to enjoy, from the Paricutin Volcano to the Cenotes of the Yucatan and the Copper Canyon. Lastly and by no means least is the amazing food on offer. Mexico’s unique cuisine is famous the world over, but there’s nothing quite like having the real thing.

Kukulkan pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico, one of 7 New Wonders
Chichen Itza in the Yuctan region is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and dates back to 400 AD


Mexico is located in North America and shares an extensive 1933 mile long land border with the USA to its north. In the south Mexico shares a land border with both Guatemala and Belize. These southern states of Mexico represent the first part of the area commonly referred to as Central America, which extends down to Panama and the Colombian border. Mexico is blessed with an extensive coastline, which stretches for 4560 miles on the western Pacific Coast and 1742 miles on the eastern Gulf of Mexico Coast. 

Best Time to Visit Mexico

Covering as extensive an area as it does, Mexico understandably has a range of climates. These vary with altitude, from north to south and by distance from the coast. While there’s a lot of variance, the period from December to April is undoubtedly the best time to visit anywhere in Mexico. This period represents the dry season where rainfall is close to non-existent and days are warm and dry. While it can still be cooler in the north in the earlier part of the dry season, a visit from March onwards ensures hot days and pleasant evenings. As this is the best time to visit, inevitably it’s also peak season meaning more crowds at attractions and less availability on accommodation. If you want to avoid peak season, it’s quite possible to visit outside of the dry season if you don’t mind the summer heat. It’s recommended to try and avoid the fall when the area is prone to storms.

The arch of El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas - a beautiful arch set in turquoise waters

Best Things to see in Mexico

Mexico has so many spectacular attractions it’s hard to know where to start. The natural world has been kind to Mexico with many amazing sights, including the Paricutin Volcano, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The ancestors of modern day Mexico have also been kind, bequeathing a whole host of UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites for visitors to enjoy. The site at Chichén Itza even makes it into the 7 Wonders of the World. Not to be outdone, Mexico’s towns and cities also have a claim to fame with Mexico City the 5th largest city in the world.

We’ll be focusing on these 3 categories in the following sections. Trying to combine several of these highlights when visiting Mexico will make your trip all the more interesting and enjoyable.

Best Towns and Cities in Mexico

Mexico’s colourful towns and cities are full of life, historic buildings and great eateries. While some of the coastal towns have been become large resort destinations, you don’t need to go far inland to discover amazing natural towns and cities.

Out top 5 towns and cities in Mexico are:

  1. San Miguel de Allende
  2. Valladolid
  3. Puerto Vallarta
  4. Oaxaca City
  5. Mexico City

Best Natural Attractions in Mexico

Mexico’s volcanic landscape has left it with some spectacular natural attractions. From volcano’s to lakes and from canyons to cenotes, there’s a lot of natural beauty waiting to be explored.

Our top 5 natural attractions in Mexico are:

  1. Paricutin Volcano
  2. Nevado de Toluca
  3. Copper Canyon
  4. Yucatan’s Cenotes
  5. Lake Bacalar

Best Historical Sights in Mexico

Mexico has a wealth of historic sights from it’s Mayan and Aztec empires. The country also spent 300 years under Spanish rule, which has left behind a legacy of beautiful Spanish colonial buildings.

Our top 5 historical sights in Mexico are:

  1. Chichén Itza
  2. El Tajin
  3. Teotihucan
  4. Palenque
  5. Coba

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