When you consider your options for Mexico travel, you likely envision opulent resorts with all-inclusive packages or expansive cruise ships brimming with amenities. This life of luxury is what makes travelling to the country so appealing, in addition to the constant sunshine and pristine beaches.
Consider taking a trip to one of these top Mexico resort towns.
On the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll find the resort city Cancun, where the weather is perfect nearly year-round. Cancun is the place to go if you enjoy water sports, sun worshipping and exploration. Go snorkeling, sport fishing, mountain biking, zip lining or scuba diving around the gorgeous Mexican landscape. The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau recommended checking out the nearby Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. If you enjoy a wild nightlife scene, stick around the Hotel Zone for the best nightclubs.
While most of the resorts in Cancun own a section of oceanfront property for guests to enjoy, there's one public beach that travellers love. Playa Delfines is an undeveloped beach several kilometers outside of the Hotel Zone that's accessible by bus. It was one of the TripAdvisor's travellers' Choice 2014 Winners, as it's a free beach where you can interact with locals.
Avenida Kukulkan is the main road in Cancun where you can find hotels, shops and food. It's an easy area for tourists to explore because public transportation runs down the entire length. The city's shopping options range from craft markets like Mercado 28 to luxury malls.
If you want a 360-degree view of the region, head to Xcaret Park for the Torre Escenica. The tower rotates to offer tourists the chance to see all of Cancun from 80 metres above the city, including the downtown area, Isla Mujeres, the Caribbean Sea and the Hotel Zone, according to the attraction's website.
2. Cabo San Lucas
This resort town is the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula and home to several impressive beaches. Both Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor, or Lover's Beach, were in the winners' circle for best beaches in TripAdvisor's 2014 travellers' Choice Awards. You can also go to Santa Maria for fabulous snorkeling and Medano Beach, which has more of a spring-break feel, according to the online travel source.
One of Cabo's greatest attractions is El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, or Land's End, a rock formation that marks the end of the peninsula. Tourists enjoy boat tours of the area, often in glass-bottom boats that offer amazing views. You can also go whale watching and rent kayaks for an alternative experience.
People who've visited Cabo before suggested taking a drive through Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas, the wealthiest and fanciest area of the city. Winding roads, massive mansions, mountainside houses and fantastic ocean views await you.
Behold the vacation town of Acapulco on Mexico's west coast. According to the Mexico Tourism Board, Acapulco is the most popular resort location and boasts similar outdoor attractions and activities as Cancun. The perfect place for adventure travel as well as honeymoon travel, you can look out on the Pacific Ocean from the city's cliffs and beaches. Acapulco rests between two bays - Santa Lucia and Puerto Marques.
Since it's situated between the bays, there are many jagged cliffs where daring divers leap into the ocean below. It's a popular tourist attraction, whether you prefer to observe from an outdoor restaurant on the cliffs or from below in a rented boat. According to TripAdvisor, you can also walk around the cliffs for picturesque views.
For a bit of history and culture, go to Capilla de la Paz, or the Chapel of Peace, which sits more than 350 metres above sea level. The open-air church has beautiful architecture, majestic views and a gleaming cross that's 40 metres tall, Lonely Planet explained.