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Playa, as the locals call it, is located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, about 40... more
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Playa del Carmen
Playa, as the locals call it, is located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, about 40 miles south of Cancun. Discovered by those craving white beaches, gentle surf and outdoor activities, this once-sleepy fishing village has retained its small-town charm. Buildings are low-rise and the atmosphere is still authentic. When the sun goes down, the temperature goes up. Bars get into full swing around midnight, and Avenida Quinta transforms from a family-friendly pedestrian way to a sizzling hotspot.
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Dozens of nightclubs, hundreds of restaurants and some of Mexico's best beaches... more
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Puerto Vallarta
Dozens of nightclubs, hundreds of restaurants and some of Mexico's best beaches await you in Puerto Vallarta. The original colonial town still shines through an endless selection of shopping, art galleries, water and land activities, and hotels. Walk the malecon (boardwalk) and just try to take it all in.
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Rising from the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City offers a... more
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Mexico City
Rising from the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. World-class museums, restaurants and parks rub shoulders with the remains of several cultures. The nightlife, the shopping and the history make it a must-see regardless of your travel style.
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You'll find crashing waves off Cabo's Pacific coast and sheltered, calm water on... more
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Cabo San Lucas
You'll find crashing waves off Cabo's Pacific coast and sheltered, calm water on the Sea of Cortez. Given those options, Cabo has built a rare reputation for both excellent outdoor sports (big-game fishing, diving and kayaking, among others) and pure beach relaxation. Of course, there's also great nightlife. Cabo’s resorts, hotels and inns cater to everyone from honeymooners to families to Hollywood stars seeking a weekend getaway.
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Resorts continue to spring up, but the small-town flavour of "Zihua" remains... more
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Zihuatanejo
Resorts continue to spring up, but the small-town flavour of "Zihua" remains refreshingly intact. The brick-paved "fisherman's walk", a nod to the region's seafaring roots, stretches along the town centre. Seafood and fresh fish are highlights of the local dining scene, sport fishing is readily available and the nightlife is mostly informal. Take a short boat ride across calm Zihuatanejo Bay to soak up rays on the sands of Playa Las Gatas or take a leisurely stroll to lovely Playa la Ropa beach.
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Tulum lies south of Playa del Carmen, with lush, bougainvillea-filled jungle at... more
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Tulum
Tulum lies south of Playa del Carmen, with lush, bougainvillea-filled jungle at its back. The town of 10,000 is divided into three separate sections, the Mayan ruins, the hotel zone and the pueblo. Popular with tour buses from Cancun, the ruins, some of the best preserved in the Yucatan, perch on cliffs along the coast. Those staying in Tulum can easily bike around, or explore swimming opportunities off white sand beaches and in subterranean sinkholes. The clear Caribbean waters also offer great diving.
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The charming colonial town of Oaxaca offers rich culture, uplifting architecture... more
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Oaxaca
The charming colonial town of Oaxaca offers rich culture, uplifting architecture and a spring-like climate. Lagoons, caverns and waterfalls are within easy reach of the city, as are pre-Columbian ruins and Tlacolula's Sunday market. Visit the hot springs at Hierve el Agua or embrace nature at the vast tree of El Tule. D'a de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, sees the city at its most colourful. Those with a sweet tooth shouldn't miss Mina Street, known as Chocolate Street because of its chocolate makers.
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High in the cool hills, this colonial gem of cobblestone streets and picturesque... more
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San Miguel de Allende
High in the cool hills, this colonial gem of cobblestone streets and picturesque churches inspires artists with its colour, character and light. Baroque, neoclassical and neogothic mix in the city's buildings, notably at the pink stone 18th-century church on the Plaza Principal. Founded in 1542, the city is a mix of Hispanic and Mesoamerican influences.
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Looking for a tropical Mexican fishing village with relaxing beaches, oceanfront...

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Puerto Escondido

Looking for a tropical Mexican fishing village with relaxing beaches, oceanfront seafood bars and restaurants, unspoiled reefs for diving and snorkeling, and waves suitable for championship surfing? Puerto Escondido has all that plus the Laguna de Manialtepec mangrove lagoon for tours combining kayaking, boating, bird-watching, and swimming in phosphorescent waters. Regularly scheduled airline service links Mexico City and Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM)

Rent an umbrella at the town beach, Playa Principal, which parallels the Avenida Perez Gasga hotel and restaurant row. Stop in one of the hotels near the beach for a drink or take the family horseback riding. A small freshwater lagoon at the mouth of the river, Rio Rigadillo, marks the border with Playa Marinero, which has waves suitable for beginning surfers. The whole family will enjoy the mile-long shoreline walkway known as Andador Escénico, which leads across the rocks to El Faro lighthouse and the Sueño Posible scenic overlook.

Beyond the lighthouse, Playa Principal transitions into Playa Manzanillo, a swimmable beach with clear waters extending towards Puerto Angelito. Rent a boogie board or equipment to snorkel the coral and rocks. If Playa Manzanillo gets too crowded on a holiday weekend, catch one of the water taxis linking Puerto Escondido’s seven beaches. Hire a skiff to take the family sightseeing or dolphin and sea turtle viewing. Fish for trophy sailfish or catch a dinner of yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi (dorado), grouper, roosterfish, mackerel, or snapper.

Watch the experts surf the 6-15 foot swells and hollow tubes of Playa Zicatela. International competitions in August and November draw the pros to demonstrate their prowess on the Mexican Pipeline.

Snorkel or surf the clear shallow waters beneath the high cliffs surrounding Playa Carrizalillo. High red cliffs, housing, and hotels surround riptide-plagued Playa Bacocho, which is good for long romantic beach walks and sunsets. For more adventure, dive Pressure Point’s tectonic plate fault lines or Punta Colarada’s volcanic overhangs, ledges, and lava rock swimthroughs. If you are lucky you will see lobsters, stingrays, moray and snowflake eels, barracudas, yellow tangs, parrotfish, and puffers.

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Don't skip your siesta in Acapulco, because you'll need the sleep: you'll be... more
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Acapulco
Don't skip your siesta in Acapulco, because you'll need the sleep: you'll be busy dancing from midnight until the sun comes up. Countless nightclubs keep the evenings hopping, while Acapulco Bay and its beaches give the beautiful people a place to perfect their tans by day. Gourmet restaurants and exceptional water sports make your stay unforgettable.
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