Mexico Vacations

Are you looking for endless kilometres of beaches, rich colonial cities and magnificent Mayan or Aztec archaeological site; or maybe gastronomical pleasures and a multitude of art and handicrafts? Then look no further because Mexico has something to please every taste and let you discover a few more.

It is no surprise why Mexico is our top vacation destination and why thousands of Canadians flock to this country each year. Some of the best all-inclusive resorts can be found along Mexico's many beautiful beaches.


There are six major touristic regions of Mexico for you to explore, each one offering a unique travel experience. North Mexico has vibrant desert landscapes. Central Mexico contains a blend of colonial splendour. The Gulf and South of Mexico includes exotic vegetation and magic jungles. The Yucatan Peninsula offers amazing archealogical sites and white sand beaches with crystal clear waters. Pacific Coast has beautiful beaches and great deep-sea fishing. Baja Peninsula presents natural beauty wealth and endless sunshine.

Vacation Destinations in Mexico

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    Acapulco Vacations

    With its breathtaking bays and golden sand beaches nestled against the Sierra Madre mountains, its easy to see why Acapulco has been a favourite resort area for decades.

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    Cancun Vacations

    Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico and the world. Its superb Caribbean location makes it the perfect place for everything from ecotourism, snorkeling, golf and fishing...

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    Cozumel Vacations

    Cozumel is an ideal Caribbean destination for all types of travelers. It is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known as the plunging paradise for divers from all over the world.

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    Huatulco Vacations

    One of Mexico's newer resort havens, Huatulco (pronounced wha-TOOL-koh) has everything that makes for a perfect vacation: modern hotels, a great variety of activities, and a sunny, dry climate.

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    Ixtapa Vacations

    In an beautiful site, in the heart of the Mexican Pacific, surrounded by mountains covered with tropical forest that come down to the coast, lies the peaceful, picturesque destination of Ixtapa.

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    Los Cabos Vacations

    Los Cabos means "the Capes" and refers to the resort area at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, are joined by the 20-mile Corridor.

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    Manzanillo Vacations

    Manzanillo is one of Mexico's major ports, where visitors can admire ships both large and small that come from all over the world. The 16 km of beaches in the city and its surroundings are the envy of the country.

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    Mayan Riviera Vacations

    See our Riviera Maya page for complete information on this destination.

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    Mazatlan Vacations

    Just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlán is the most important port on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Full of contrasts, this city is one of the country's oldest tourist resorts and the site of one of the world's three major carnivals, comparable only to those in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro.

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    Puerto Vallarta Vacations

    Visitors from around the world are charmed by the old town with its steep cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies draped with colourful bougainvillea plants, and traditional restaurants.

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    Riviera Maya Vacations

    Visitors to the Riviera Maya can enjoy and endless list of fabulous attractions, including the ancient ruins of Tulum and Chitzen Itza, the world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling of Cozumel, and the charming town of Playa del Carmen

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    Riviera Nayarit Vacations

    This Pacific coast destination, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, tropical jungle areas and the Sierra Madre mountains, has developed into an important tourist resort over a relatively short period of time.

Things to know about Mexico Vacations

Activities & Sports
Mexico counts many diving venues such as the Sea of Cortes and the Yucatan peninsula's east coast. There are over 50 public or resort golf courses, many of them in Los Cabos; in the vicinity of Manzanillo; in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera; and in and around Guadalajara and Acapulco. Tennis centers are popular as well. Water sports abound, especially in resorts. Even hunters and fishers will find something to their liking.

Mexican favourites include baseball, soccer, Jai Alai and bullfighting.

Shopping
Mexicans are wonderful artists and craftsmen. Market day is always a treat. Some of the best handicrafts can be found in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and in and around the cities of San Miguel de Allende, Taxco, Mexico City and Guadalajara. Best buys include ceramic, leather, textile, weaving and woodwork goods. Silver is worked extensively also. Other purchases include spices and of course Tequila.

Cuisine

Real Mexican cuisine is not the standard fare we are accustomed too. In fact it is much more refined, diverse and bold in flavour. It is a multicultural mix of a pre-Columbian heritage with added Spanish, French and North American influences. Specialties vary greatly between regions as well.

Some staple ingredients are chocolate, chiles, beans, corn, squash, tomatoes, chili peppers, avocado, papaya, guava and vanilla.

A hearty breakfast is preferred followed by a light lunch in the early afternoon. Dinner is usually served around 9pm. Traditional dishes include delicious seafood platters and fish, tamales, pozole (a moniny and pork soup), mole sauce, homemade breads and rolls and wonderful desserts such as flan, pastel de queso (Mexican cheese cake) and helado (ice cream).

To complete your culinary voyage one must enjoy a glass of the national spirit: Tequila!

Capital: Mexico City
Currency: Mexican peso
Driver's License: Must be 21 years old and have credit card
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz
Language: Spanish, basic English in resort areas
Population: 106,202,903 approx
Religion: Majority roman catholic
Tourist Season: Year round. High season from October through May

Mexico Vacation Tips

Tipping is customary for bellmen, doormen, porters, tour guides and washroom assistant. Tipping your maid daily or all in advance assures special attention. Also the 15% rule applies to restaurants.

Note: Escapes.ca makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.

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