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The beaches of Cancun, the golf courses of Los Cabos, the nightlife of Puerto Vallarta: Mexico offers enough seaside fun, splashy resorts, and piña coladas to fulfill anyone's sunny dreams. But travelers who dig a bit deeper discover a multifaceted country of ethereal cloud forests, colorful coral reefs, and stark deserts. From ancient archaeological sites and colonial-era cities like Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende to the pulsing modern metropolis of Mexico City, the country presents thousands of years of history and abundant up-to-the minute style.

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Puerto Vallarta

Sunbathing and sipping margaritas is just one of many ways to spend a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Mexico's prettiest resort town is also one...

Los Cabos

With coastline that stretches from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, and 350 sunny days a year, Los Cabos is Mexico's ultimate seaside...

Mexico City

Mexico City is having a moment. All of a sudden, it seems, the largest city in the Americas has absolutely captivated international tastemakers...

Cancún

Cancún is a great place to experience 21st-century Mexico, because it has everything you’d want in a vacation: shopping, sports, spas, and beaches...

Oaxaca City

With its magical concoction of sights, smells, and sounds both ancient and modern, this mountain-ringed city of about 400,000 people, officially...

Cozumel

It’s not another Cancún yet, but Cozumel’s days as a rustic divers’ hangout are history. Whether arriving at the airport or the gleaming ferry...

Isla Mujeres

Once a small fishing village, colorful Isla Mujeres (meaning "Island of Women") has become a favorite for travelers seeking natural beauty,...

Mérida

Bustling streets, lively parks, a tropical version of the Champs-Elysées, endless cultural activities, and a varied nightlife: Mérida is the...

Guadalajara

Guadalajara rests on a mile-high plain of the Sierra Madre Occidental, surrounded on three sides by rugged hills and on the fourth by the spectacular...

San Miguel de Allende

You've heard that San Miguel de Allende is an artists' retreat, where the beauty of the surroundings, coupled with the inspired bent of those...

Playa del Carmen

Welcome to the party! "Playa," currently Latin America's fastest-growing community, has a population of more than 150,000 and an international...

Acapulco

Few places evoke the glamour of a bygone era quite the way Acapulco does. Fifty years ago, you could board a champagne-filled flight to this...

San Cristobal de las Casas

Remote and historically difficult to reach, San Cristóbal de las Casas has nevertheless been a well-trodden outpost on the Gringo Trail for...

Mazatlan

Mazatlán, the first major resort town on the Pacific coastline, has a split personality. At the northern end of town is the Zona Dorada (Golden...

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

Rarely does one destination satisfy the needs of so many different kinds of travelers, from authenticity-seeking adventurers to languorous sun...

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido was the first beach resort on the carretera costera (coastal highway), and it remains the most popular. Playa Zicatela is...

Guanajuato

Guanajuato is simply gorgeous. It spills across cliffs and hillsides down to a series of tree-shaded plazas whose sidewalk cafés and street...

Veracruz City

The lively port city of Veracruz, 345 km (214 mi) east of Mexico City, might not be the city that never sleeps, but it is a city that gets...

Manzanillo

Remember the late-1970s movie 10, starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek? You’ve seen Manzanillo if you do. The beach scenes were all filmed here...

Campeche City

In picturesque Campeche, block upon block of restored buildings with lovely facades, all painted in bright colors, meet the sea. Tiny balconies...

Zihuatanejo

Everything in Zihuatanejo radiates out from the main beach. Although this stretch of sand is not the place for swimming, it's the best place...

Todos Santos

From the hodgepodge of signs and local businesses you see on the drive into Todos Santos, south on Highway 19, it appears that you're heading...

Huatulco

Development in the breathtaking Bahías de Huatulco (Bays of Huatulco) continues to march forward. Four of the nine bays have been developed...

San Blas

Many travelers come here looking for Old Mexico, or the "real Mexico," or the Mexico they remember from the 1960s. New Spain's first official...

Xalapa

A ceremonial center for the Aztec when Cortés swept through the region, Xalapa is still a city of great importance. Take one look at the impressive...

Puebla

The city of Puebla fairly bursts with baroque flourishes and the colors of its famed Talavera tiles. The downtown area in particular overflows...

Ensenada

In 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo first discovered the seaport that Sebastián Vizcaíno named Ensenada-Bahía de Todos Santos (All Saints' Bay)...

Tulum

It used to be that Tulum was simply known as dusty little town with a stellar archaeological site and a few palapa huts. No longer. Discovered...

Querétaro

Querétaro is a modern city of about 1.2 million inhabitants, but its historical center holds its own against the region's other colonial cities...

Cuernavaca

The road to Cuernavaca will likely heighten your anticipation—you'll catch your first glimpse of the city's lush surroundings from a mountain...

Villahermosa

The capital city of Villahermosa epitomizes the development of Tabasco, where the airplane arrived before the automobile. Thanks to oil and...

Palenque Town

Palenque Town's days as a sleepy little village are far behind. Locals have obliged the needs of travelers in search of the ruins at Palenque...

Valle de Bravo

A few hours here explains why "Valle" is often billed as Mexico's best-kept secret. The pines, clear air, and the Lago Valle de Bravo make it...

Puerto Morelos

At the edge of a mangrove-tangled jungle pushing up to the shore, Puerto Morelos is one of the few coastal towns on this stretch of the Riviera...

Ixtapa

Ixtapa's primary hotel zone, the Zona Hotelera, extends along a 3-km (2-mile) strip of sandy beach called Playa del Palmar. It's fun to walk...

Tuxtla Gutierrez

Balmy, booming, bustling Tuxtla Gutiérrez, population 600,000 and the state’s only true metropolis, will be a place you pass through on your...

Akumal

In Mayan, Akumal (pronounced ah-koo- maal ) means "place of the turtle," and this portion of coast is a storied nesting ground, especially at...

Valladolid

The second-largest city in Yucatán State, picturesque Valladolid (pronounced vye-ah-do- leed ) is seeing a big boom in popularity among travelers...

Mahahual

Tiny Mahahual (also spelled Majahual) has something of a split personality. With a population of only 600, it's a quiet beachfront outpost with...

Papantla

Set on a steep hillside, Papantla is in the center of a vanilla-producing region. Products made from that particular bean, from candies to liqueurs...

Isla Holbox

Only 25 km (16 miles) long, tiny Isla Holbox sits at the eastern end of the Ría Lagartos estuary and is just across the Quintana Roo state line...

Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco was dubbed Rocky Point by British explorers in the 18th century, and that's the name most Americans know it by today. The town...

Mascota

Mascota's cool but sunny climate is perfect for growing citrus, avocados, nuts, wheat, corn, and other crops. Fed by the Mascota and Ameca rivers...

Tuxpan

A peaceful riverside town with a tangle of twisting streets, Tuxpan—almost as often referred to as Tuxpam—is a pleasant place to stop if you...

San Carlos

Long considered an extension of Guaymas, this resort town—on the other side of the rocky peninsula that separates Bahía de Bacochibampo from...

Puerto Aventuras

The most Americanized of all the Riviera Maya's resorts is a 900-acre gated community and golf course more reminiscent of coastal Florida than...

Chetumal

At times, Chetumal—the capital city of Quintana Roo—feels more Caribbean than Mexican; this isn't surprising, given its proximity to Belize...

Alamos

With its cobblestone streets, delightful central plaza, 250-year-old baroque church, and thoughtfully restored haciendas, Álamos is the most...

Nogales

Nogales serves as the entry point for most Americans driving from Arizona into Sonora—generally to a beach community like Puerto Peñasco. Although...

Bahía Kino

On the eastern shore of the Mar de Cortés lies Bahía Kino, home to some of the prettiest beaches in northwest Mexico. For many years Bahía Kino...

Izamal

You won’t find too many sights in beautiful Izamal, but you'll almost certainly be taken by its carefully cared-for architecture. The downtown...

Tlacotalpan

The name Tlacotalpan is of Nahuatl origin and means "in the middle of the earth," referring to the settlement's location on what was then an...

Mayakoba

Mayakoba (meaning "village of water") is home to three of the world's most exclusive resorts—the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, and...

Guaymas

The buzz and bustle of Guaymas—one of Mexico's largest ports—has a pleasant backdrop of rusty red, saguaro-speckled bluffs that nudge the deep...

Xpu-Há

Located 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 20 minutes north of Tulum, Xpu-Há is the perfect base to relax and get away from the crowds...

Tankah

If you plan on staying in the Cobá area, nearby Tankah is a good option—especially if you want to avoid the Tulum crowds. In ancient times Tankah...

Ticul

One of the larger communities in the Yucatán, Ticul (with a population of around 21,000) is a good base for exploring the Puuc region—provided...

Uxmal

If Chichén Itzá is the most expansive Mayan ruin in Yucatán, Uxmal is arguably the most elegant. The architecture here reflects the late classical...

Xcalak

The southernmost town in Quintana Roo, Xcalak (pronounced ish -ka-lack) is only 11 km (7 miles) from the Belize border by water, and a little...

Tepoztlán

Surrounded by sandstone monoliths that throw off a russet glow at sunset, Tepoztlán is a magical place. It’s a popular place for practitioners...

San Sebastián

Physically, there are only about 80 km (50 miles) between Puerto Vallarta and San Sebastián, but metaphorically they're as far apart as the...

Aduana

A couple of miles off the main road to Álamos, tiny Aduana was once the site of one of the richest mines in the district. The tiny village is...

Coatepec

The air is cool and refreshing in Coatepec. Residents call their town the capital mundial del café (coffee capital of the world), as the climate...

Troncones

This once-primitive surf spot along the rugged coast is still pretty remote, but a series of really comfortable—in some cases, luxurious—hostelries...

Xico

If you close your eyes and try to imagine the ideal Mexican small town, you'd probably come up with something surprisingly close to Xico. In...

Progreso

The waterfront town closest to Mérida, Progreso is not particularly historic. It's not terribly picturesque either; nevertheless, it provokes...

Reserva de la Biósfera Ría Lagartos

The mangroves of the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve make up one of southern Mexico's most important wildlife sanctuaries. Birds are the big...

Dolores Hidalgo

Dolores Hidalgo is famous for its lovely hand-glazed Talavera-style ceramics, most notably tiles and tableware. After shopping and visiting...

Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo has been designated one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (“magical towns”), communities of significant heritage. It has a lot more...

Punta Maroma

The waters of this protected bay stay calm even on blustery days, and the enchanting beach ranks among Mexico's finest. A string of resorts...

Bacalar

Founded in AD 435, Bacalar (pronounced baa -ka-lar) is one of Quintana Roo's oldest settlements. The town’s most notable feature is a cenote...

Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an

Wildlife has understandably been affected by the development of coastal resorts; however, thanks to the federal government's foresight, 1.3...

Puerto Angel

The state's leading seaport in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Puerto Angel today is a small town in a busy bay and is somewhat rough...

Chichén Itzá

In 2007, this sublime Mayan city was named one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World"—a distinction that puts Chichén Itzá on par with Peru’s Machu...

Talpa de Allende

Another tranquil town surrounded by pine-oak forests, Talpa, as it's called, has just over 7,000 inhabitants but welcomes 4 million visitors...

La Antigua

This sleepy village was the conquistadors' capital for 75 years. It was given its name ("The Old Town") when the Spaniards abandoned it in 1599...

Cobá

Near five lakes and between coastal watchtowers and inland cities, Cobá (pronounced ko- bah ) once exercised economic control over the region...

Punta Bete (Xcalacoco)

Beyond Punta Maroma, a river spills into the sea, dividing the coastline. South of the split, Playa Xcalacoco (scala-coco) is a 7-km-long (5½...

Catemaco

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Ocosingo

Although Ocosingo is on the tourist trail, most people pass right by on their way to San Cristóbal or Palenque. That's a shame, because Ocosingo...

Bahía Petempich (Punta Tanchacté)

The Riviera Maya region technically begins at Bahía Petempich (also known as Punta Tanchacté), where long expanses of sand are lapped by turquoise...

Xcaret

Once a sacred Mayan city and port, Xcaret (pronounced ish -car-et) is now home to two popular parks on a gorgeous stretch of coastline. The...

Santiago Tuxtla

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Xpujil

The highway briefly widens to four lanes around the town of Xpujil, which acts as the service center for Carretera 186. This is the place to...

Celestún

When someone says "Celestún," think pink. The estuaries of this biosphere reserve are home to an amazing flock of flamingos. The gateway to...

San Andrés Tuxtla

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Playa del Secreto

The secret is out—the ½-km (1-mile) stretch of white sand at Playa del Secreto is one of the most beautiful in the Riviera Maya. Surrounded...

Costa Esmeralda (Emerald Coast)

Covering 35 km (23 mi) of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico between Nautla and Papantla, Costa Esmeralda's clean wide beaches and calm waters...

San Juan Chamula

Celebrated for its religious and cultural traditions, San Juan Chamula is one of the most fascinating highland villages. More than 80,000 Maya...

Mixteca

The Mixteca, a rugged region northwest of Oaxaca City, has some of the state's most dramatic scenery. Driving up you'll see more pine-covered...

Isla Contoy

The national wildlife park and bird sanctuary of Isla Contoy (Isle of Birds) is just 6 km (4 miles) long and less than 1 km (about ½ mile) wide...

Tequisquiapan

Drenched in sun, bougainvillea, and flowering trees, Tequis (as the locals call it) is a pleasant stop for a day or overnight trip. Join the...

Xilitla

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La Cañada de la Virgen

More than a thousand years old, the former ceremonial site of La Cañada de la Virgin has been open to the public less than two decades. Guests...

Zinacantan

The village of Zinacantán is even smaller than San Juan Chamula. The men wear bright pink tunics embroidered with flowers; the women cover themselves...

Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul

Vast, lovely, green, and mysterious Calakmul may not stay a secret for much longer. You won't see any tour buses in the parking lot, and on...

Tapachula

The southernmost city in Mexico, Tapachula lies at the center of the Soconusco mountain region, which extends down into southwestern Guatemala...

Ek Balam

The large Ek Balam ("black jaguar") site was known to 19th-century archaeologists; however, excavation and mapping didn’t really get underway...

Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the Costa Maya's first major town, is named for the governor of Yucatán in 1920, who was hailed as a hero after instituting...

Edzná

With its smorgasbord of Mayan architectural styles, Edzná is considered by archaeologists to be one of the peninsula's most important ruin complexes...

Tonina

Between San Cristóbal and Palenque, on a paved road running along the Río Jataté and through the Ocosingo Valley, is the ancient Mayan city...

Chicanná

Thought to have been a satellite community of the larger, more commercial city of Becán, a couple of miles farther west, Chicanná ("house of...

Comalcalco

Comalcalco, which was founded in about the 1st century BC, marks the westernmost reach of the Maya; descendants of its builders, the Chontal...

Becán

Becán (usually translated as "canyon of water," referring to the moat) is thought to have been an important city within the Río Bec group, which...

Paraiso

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El Tajín

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Agua Azul

The series of waterfalls and crystalline blue pools at Agua Azul is breathtaking, especially during the dry season. ...

Bonampak

The settlement was built on the banks of the Río Lacanjá in the 7th and 8th centuries and was uncovered in 1946. ...

Mineral de Pozos

The captivating Sierra Gorda town of Pozos was a silver-mining center for centuries. Now it's a virtual ghost town of about 2,000 people, where...

Dzibilchaltún

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Izapa

A lesser-known archaeological site, just 15 minutes from Tapachula, on the road to Talismán, the Izapa ruins are said to provide a link between...

Yaxcopoil

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Labná

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Teotihuacán

Just 31 miles from the center of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is one of the most significant and haunting archaeological sites in the world. Climbing...

Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo

Spectacular limestone stalactites and stalagmites are illuminated along a 2,475-foot concrete walkway inside the labyrinthine caves known as...

Kabah

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Hormiguero

Bumping down the badly potholed, 8-km (5-mile) road leading to this site may give you an appreciation for the explorers who first found and...

Yaxchilan

Excavations at Yaxchilán (ya-shee- lan ), on the banks of the Río Usumacinta, have uncovered stunning temples and delicate carvings. Spider...

Hochob

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Grutas de Loltún

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Grutas de Balancanchén

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Oxcutzcab

This market town is a good alternative to Ticul for those who want to spend the night in the Puuc area. Strangers will greet you as you walk...

Oxkintoc

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Xcambo

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Santa Rosa Xtampak

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Punta Brava

Punta Brava is a long, winding sweep of sand strewn with seashells. The only direct access to this beach area is through the security gate at...

Sayil

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Monte Albán

Southwest of Oaxaca City, a narrow, twisting road leads up to the mountaintop city of the "cloud people," Monte Albán. Seeing this massive ancient...

Puerto Chiapas

Chiapas’s newest incarnation is that of a port of call, Mexico’s southernmost such facility. The large terminal with a pyramid-shape thatch...

Tula

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Tizimín

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Bernal

Just a short hop from Tequisquiapan and the vineyards of Freixenet, the village of Bernal has been named by the Mexican government as a ¨Pueblo...

Telchac Puerto

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Champotón

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North of Centro Histórico

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Chicxulub

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Pozos

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Pisté

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Dzilám de Bravo

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Puerto Vallarta

Sunbathing and sipping margaritas is just one of many ways to spend a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Mexico's prettiest resort town is also one...

Los Cabos

With coastline that stretches from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, and 350 sunny days a year, Los Cabos is Mexico's ultimate seaside...

Mexico City

Mexico City is having a moment. All of a sudden, it seems, the largest city in the Americas has absolutely captivated international tastemakers...

Cancún

Cancún is a great place to experience 21st-century Mexico, because it has everything you’d want in a vacation: shopping, sports, spas, and beaches...

Oaxaca City

With its magical concoction of sights, smells, and sounds both ancient and modern, this mountain-ringed city of about 400,000 people, officially...

Mérida

Bustling streets, lively parks, a tropical version of the Champs-Elysées, endless cultural activities, and a varied nightlife: Mérida is the...

Guadalajara

Guadalajara rests on a mile-high plain of the Sierra Madre Occidental, surrounded on three sides by rugged hills and on the fourth by the spectacular...

San Miguel de Allende

You've heard that San Miguel de Allende is an artists' retreat, where the beauty of the surroundings, coupled with the inspired bent of those...

Playa del Carmen

Welcome to the party! "Playa," currently Latin America's fastest-growing community, has a population of more than 150,000 and an international...

Acapulco

Few places evoke the glamour of a bygone era quite the way Acapulco does. Fifty years ago, you could board a champagne-filled flight to this...

San Cristobal de las Casas

Remote and historically difficult to reach, San Cristóbal de las Casas has nevertheless been a well-trodden outpost on the Gringo Trail for...

Mazatlan

Mazatlán, the first major resort town on the Pacific coastline, has a split personality. At the northern end of town is the Zona Dorada (Golden...

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

Rarely does one destination satisfy the needs of so many different kinds of travelers, from authenticity-seeking adventurers to languorous sun...

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido was the first beach resort on the carretera costera (coastal highway), and it remains the most popular. Playa Zicatela is...

Guanajuato

Guanajuato is simply gorgeous. It spills across cliffs and hillsides down to a series of tree-shaded plazas whose sidewalk cafés and street...

Veracruz City

The lively port city of Veracruz, 345 km (214 mi) east of Mexico City, might not be the city that never sleeps, but it is a city that gets...

Manzanillo

Remember the late-1970s movie 10, starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek? You’ve seen Manzanillo if you do. The beach scenes were all filmed here...

Zihuatanejo

Everything in Zihuatanejo radiates out from the main beach. Although this stretch of sand is not the place for swimming, it's the best place...

Campeche City

In picturesque Campeche, block upon block of restored buildings with lovely facades, all painted in bright colors, meet the sea. Tiny balconies...

Todos Santos

From the hodgepodge of signs and local businesses you see on the drive into Todos Santos, south on Highway 19, it appears that you're heading...

Huatulco

Development in the breathtaking Bahías de Huatulco (Bays of Huatulco) continues to march forward. Four of the nine bays have been developed...

San Blas

Many travelers come here looking for Old Mexico, or the "real Mexico," or the Mexico they remember from the 1960s. New Spain's first official...

Puebla

The city of Puebla fairly bursts with baroque flourishes and the colors of its famed Talavera tiles. The downtown area in particular overflows...

Xalapa

A ceremonial center for the Aztec when Cortés swept through the region, Xalapa is still a city of great importance. Take one look at the impressive...

Ensenada

In 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo first discovered the seaport that Sebastián Vizcaíno named Ensenada-Bahía de Todos Santos (All Saints' Bay)...

Tulum

It used to be that Tulum was simply known as dusty little town with a stellar archaeological site and a few palapa huts. No longer. Discovered...

Querétaro

Querétaro is a modern city of about 1.2 million inhabitants, but its historical center holds its own against the region's other colonial cities...

Cuernavaca

The road to Cuernavaca will likely heighten your anticipation—you'll catch your first glimpse of the city's lush surroundings from a mountain...

Villahermosa

The capital city of Villahermosa epitomizes the development of Tabasco, where the airplane arrived before the automobile. Thanks to oil and...

Palenque Town

Palenque Town's days as a sleepy little village are far behind. Locals have obliged the needs of travelers in search of the ruins at Palenque...

Puerto Morelos

At the edge of a mangrove-tangled jungle pushing up to the shore, Puerto Morelos is one of the few coastal towns on this stretch of the Riviera...

Valle de Bravo

A few hours here explains why "Valle" is often billed as Mexico's best-kept secret. The pines, clear air, and the Lago Valle de Bravo make it...

Tuxtla Gutierrez

Balmy, booming, bustling Tuxtla Gutiérrez, population 600,000 and the state’s only true metropolis, will be a place you pass through on your...

Ixtapa

Ixtapa's primary hotel zone, the Zona Hotelera, extends along a 3-km (2-mile) strip of sandy beach called Playa del Palmar. It's fun to walk...

Akumal

In Mayan, Akumal (pronounced ah-koo- maal ) means "place of the turtle," and this portion of coast is a storied nesting ground, especially at...

Valladolid

The second-largest city in Yucatán State, picturesque Valladolid (pronounced vye-ah-do- leed ) is seeing a big boom in popularity among travelers...

Mahahual

Tiny Mahahual (also spelled Majahual) has something of a split personality. With a population of only 600, it's a quiet beachfront outpost with...

Papantla

Set on a steep hillside, Papantla is in the center of a vanilla-producing region. Products made from that particular bean, from candies to liqueurs...

Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco was dubbed Rocky Point by British explorers in the 18th century, and that's the name most Americans know it by today. The town...

Mascota

Mascota's cool but sunny climate is perfect for growing citrus, avocados, nuts, wheat, corn, and other crops. Fed by the Mascota and Ameca rivers...

Tuxpan

A peaceful riverside town with a tangle of twisting streets, Tuxpan—almost as often referred to as Tuxpam—is a pleasant place to stop if you...

San Carlos

Long considered an extension of Guaymas, this resort town—on the other side of the rocky peninsula that separates Bahía de Bacochibampo from...

Puerto Aventuras

The most Americanized of all the Riviera Maya's resorts is a 900-acre gated community and golf course more reminiscent of coastal Florida than...

Chetumal

At times, Chetumal—the capital city of Quintana Roo—feels more Caribbean than Mexican; this isn't surprising, given its proximity to Belize...

Nogales

Nogales serves as the entry point for most Americans driving from Arizona into Sonora—generally to a beach community like Puerto Peñasco. Although...

Alamos

With its cobblestone streets, delightful central plaza, 250-year-old baroque church, and thoughtfully restored haciendas, Álamos is the most...

Bahía Kino

On the eastern shore of the Mar de Cortés lies Bahía Kino, home to some of the prettiest beaches in northwest Mexico. For many years Bahía Kino...

Tlacotalpan

The name Tlacotalpan is of Nahuatl origin and means "in the middle of the earth," referring to the settlement's location on what was then an...

Izamal

You won’t find too many sights in beautiful Izamal, but you'll almost certainly be taken by its carefully cared-for architecture. The downtown...

Guaymas

The buzz and bustle of Guaymas—one of Mexico's largest ports—has a pleasant backdrop of rusty red, saguaro-speckled bluffs that nudge the deep...

Tankah

If you plan on staying in the Cobá area, nearby Tankah is a good option—especially if you want to avoid the Tulum crowds. In ancient times Tankah...

Mayakoba

Mayakoba (meaning "village of water") is home to three of the world's most exclusive resorts—the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, and...

Xpu-Há

Located 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 20 minutes north of Tulum, Xpu-Há is the perfect base to relax and get away from the crowds...

San Sebastián

Physically, there are only about 80 km (50 miles) between Puerto Vallarta and San Sebastián, but metaphorically they're as far apart as the...

Ticul

One of the larger communities in the Yucatán, Ticul (with a population of around 21,000) is a good base for exploring the Puuc region—provided...

Uxmal

If Chichén Itzá is the most expansive Mayan ruin in Yucatán, Uxmal is arguably the most elegant. The architecture here reflects the late classical...

Tepoztlán

Surrounded by sandstone monoliths that throw off a russet glow at sunset, Tepoztlán is a magical place. It’s a popular place for practitioners...

Xcalak

The southernmost town in Quintana Roo, Xcalak (pronounced ish -ka-lack) is only 11 km (7 miles) from the Belize border by water, and a little...

Aduana

A couple of miles off the main road to Álamos, tiny Aduana was once the site of one of the richest mines in the district. The tiny village is...

Troncones

This once-primitive surf spot along the rugged coast is still pretty remote, but a series of really comfortable—in some cases, luxurious—hostelries...

Coatepec

The air is cool and refreshing in Coatepec. Residents call their town the capital mundial del café (coffee capital of the world), as the climate...

Progreso

The waterfront town closest to Mérida, Progreso is not particularly historic. It's not terribly picturesque either; nevertheless, it provokes...

Bacalar

Founded in AD 435, Bacalar (pronounced baa -ka-lar) is one of Quintana Roo's oldest settlements. The town’s most notable feature is a cenote...

Punta Maroma

The waters of this protected bay stay calm even on blustery days, and the enchanting beach ranks among Mexico's finest. A string of resorts...

Dolores Hidalgo

Dolores Hidalgo is famous for its lovely hand-glazed Talavera-style ceramics, most notably tiles and tableware. After shopping and visiting...

Xico

If you close your eyes and try to imagine the ideal Mexican small town, you'd probably come up with something surprisingly close to Xico. In...

Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo has been designated one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (“magical towns”), communities of significant heritage. It has a lot more...

Catemaco

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Talpa de Allende

Another tranquil town surrounded by pine-oak forests, Talpa, as it's called, has just over 7,000 inhabitants but welcomes 4 million visitors...

Cobá

Near five lakes and between coastal watchtowers and inland cities, Cobá (pronounced ko- bah ) once exercised economic control over the region...

Puerto Angel

The state's leading seaport in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Puerto Angel today is a small town in a busy bay and is somewhat rough...

Punta Bete (Xcalacoco)

Beyond Punta Maroma, a river spills into the sea, dividing the coastline. South of the split, Playa Xcalacoco (scala-coco) is a 7-km-long (5½...

Chichén Itzá

In 2007, this sublime Mayan city was named one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World"—a distinction that puts Chichén Itzá on par with Peru’s Machu...

La Antigua

This sleepy village was the conquistadors' capital for 75 years. It was given its name ("The Old Town") when the Spaniards abandoned it in 1599...

Xpujil

The highway briefly widens to four lanes around the town of Xpujil, which acts as the service center for Carretera 186. This is the place to...

Bahía Petempich (Punta Tanchacté)

The Riviera Maya region technically begins at Bahía Petempich (also known as Punta Tanchacté), where long expanses of sand are lapped by turquoise...

Ocosingo

Although Ocosingo is on the tourist trail, most people pass right by on their way to San Cristóbal or Palenque. That's a shame, because Ocosingo...

Celestún

When someone says "Celestún," think pink. The estuaries of this biosphere reserve are home to an amazing flock of flamingos. The gateway to...

Santiago Tuxtla

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San Andrés Tuxtla

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Xcaret

Once a sacred Mayan city and port, Xcaret (pronounced ish -car-et) is now home to two popular parks on a gorgeous stretch of coastline. The...

Mixteca

The Mixteca, a rugged region northwest of Oaxaca City, has some of the state's most dramatic scenery. Driving up you'll see more pine-covered...

San Juan Chamula

Celebrated for its religious and cultural traditions, San Juan Chamula is one of the most fascinating highland villages. More than 80,000 Maya...

Playa del Secreto

The secret is out—the ½-km (1-mile) stretch of white sand at Playa del Secreto is one of the most beautiful in the Riviera Maya. Surrounded...

Costa Esmeralda (Emerald Coast)

Covering 35 km (23 mi) of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico between Nautla and Papantla, Costa Esmeralda's clean wide beaches and calm waters...

Tequisquiapan

Drenched in sun, bougainvillea, and flowering trees, Tequis (as the locals call it) is a pleasant stop for a day or overnight trip. Join the...

Xilitla

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Tapachula

The southernmost city in Mexico, Tapachula lies at the center of the Soconusco mountain region, which extends down into southwestern Guatemala...

Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the Costa Maya's first major town, is named for the governor of Yucatán in 1920, who was hailed as a hero after instituting...

Ek Balam

The large Ek Balam ("black jaguar") site was known to 19th-century archaeologists; however, excavation and mapping didn’t really get underway...

Zinacantan

The village of Zinacantán is even smaller than San Juan Chamula. The men wear bright pink tunics embroidered with flowers; the women cover themselves...

La Cañada de la Virgen

More than a thousand years old, the former ceremonial site of La Cañada de la Virgin has been open to the public less than two decades. Guests...

Edzná

With its smorgasbord of Mayan architectural styles, Edzná is considered by archaeologists to be one of the peninsula's most important ruin complexes...

Becán

Becán (usually translated as "canyon of water," referring to the moat) is thought to have been an important city within the Río Bec group, which...

Mineral de Pozos

The captivating Sierra Gorda town of Pozos was a silver-mining center for centuries. Now it's a virtual ghost town of about 2,000 people, where...

Agua Azul

The series of waterfalls and crystalline blue pools at Agua Azul is breathtaking, especially during the dry season. ...

Bonampak

The settlement was built on the banks of the Río Lacanjá in the 7th and 8th centuries and was uncovered in 1946. ...

Yaxchilan

Excavations at Yaxchilán (ya-shee- lan ), on the banks of the Río Usumacinta, have uncovered stunning temples and delicate carvings. Spider...

Izapa

A lesser-known archaeological site, just 15 minutes from Tapachula, on the road to Talismán, the Izapa ruins are said to provide a link between...

Comalcalco

Comalcalco, which was founded in about the 1st century BC, marks the westernmost reach of the Maya; descendants of its builders, the Chontal...

Grutas de Loltún

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Yaxcopoil

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Tonina

Between San Cristóbal and Palenque, on a paved road running along the Río Jataté and through the Ocosingo Valley, is the ancient Mayan city...

Labná

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Xcambo

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Oxcutzcab

This market town is a good alternative to Ticul for those who want to spend the night in the Puuc area. Strangers will greet you as you walk...

El Tajín

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Dzibilchaltún

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Monte Albán

Southwest of Oaxaca City, a narrow, twisting road leads up to the mountaintop city of the "cloud people," Monte Albán. Seeing this massive ancient...

Punta Brava

Punta Brava is a long, winding sweep of sand strewn with seashells. The only direct access to this beach area is through the security gate at...

Sayil

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Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo

Spectacular limestone stalactites and stalagmites are illuminated along a 2,475-foot concrete walkway inside the labyrinthine caves known as...

Santa Rosa Xtampak

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Chicanná

Thought to have been a satellite community of the larger, more commercial city of Becán, a couple of miles farther west, Chicanná ("house of...

Teotihuacán

Just 31 miles from the center of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is one of the most significant and haunting archaeological sites in the world. Climbing...

Kabah

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Paraiso

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Hormiguero

Bumping down the badly potholed, 8-km (5-mile) road leading to this site may give you an appreciation for the explorers who first found and...

Hochob

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Oxkintoc

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Telchac Puerto

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Bernal

Just a short hop from Tequisquiapan and the vineyards of Freixenet, the village of Bernal has been named by the Mexican government as a ¨Pueblo...

Pisté

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Pozos

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Tizimín

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Puerto Chiapas

Chiapas’s newest incarnation is that of a port of call, Mexico’s southernmost such facility. The large terminal with a pyramid-shape thatch...

Tula

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Chicxulub

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Dzilám de Bravo

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North of Centro Histórico

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Champotón

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San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland

Also referred to as el Bajío, this area (parts of the states of Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Michoacán) really is the heartland of Mexico...

Oaxaca

Mexico aficionados have long favored the state of Oaxaca (pronounced wah- hah -kah) for its climate, culinary and artistic traditions, and landscapes...

The Riviera Maya

Mexico's Caribbean coast is full of treasures, from spectacular white-sand beaches and offshore reefs to some of the Yucatán Peninsula's most...

Yucatán and Campeche States

In sharp contrast to the resort lifestyle of Cancún and the Riviera Maya, the Yucatán and Campeche states cater to a more tranquil traveler...

Chiapas and Tabasco

Chiapas is Mexico's southernmost state. And if the villages here resemble those of the Guatemalan Highlands, it's because Guatemala lies just...

Veracruz

Veracruz State is a long, slim crescent bordering the Gulf of Mexico, about five hours east of Mexico City. The port city of Veracruz is a big...

Around Mexico City

Puebla, a well-preserved colonial town that is the capital of the state of the same name, is a dazzling city and a destination in its own right...

Los Cabos Side Trips

At the risk of sounding glib, we might suggest that you skip Los Cabos altogether. The highlights of your visit to the far southern tip of the...

Sonora

The Sonoran Desert—or as the Mexicans call it, El Desierto de Altar—dominates the northern part of this state, where long stretches of flat...

La Paz

Tidy, prosperous La Paz may be the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and home to about 220,000 residents, but it still feels like...

Pátzcuaro

Founded in the 16th century on the shores of the tranquil Lake Pátzcuaro, this town remained largely undisturbed for several centuries until...

Morelia

Morelia is Michoacán State's capital—its long, wide boulevards and earth-tone colonial mansions earned it its status as a UNESCO World Heritage...

Zacatecas

Although Zacatecas (whose altitude "peaks," as it were, at 8,649 feet above sea level) was once the world's largest silver-producing city, it...

Hermosillo

Hermosillo, the state's on-and-off capital since 1831, is a hardworking city. Manufacturing and agriculture are its main concerns. But a few...

Manzunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite

Fans of this trio of beaches like to brag that they are what Puerto Escondido was 20 years ago, but that mantra doesn't even do justice to their...

Mitla and the Textile Villages

The second-most-important archaeological site in Oaxaca State (after Monte Albán), Mitla is in the upper end of the Tlacolula Valley. Where...

Craft Villages of the Valles Centrales

South of Oaxaca City is a string of craft villages, the most important of which are San Bartolo Coyotepec, where you'll find gorgeous black...

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