Vibrant, tropical and close to home, Mexico’s coasts, home to some of the best resorts in Mexico, make for a tempting escape year-round. Airlines offer frequent and convenient flights, and the country’s location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west makes for miles of coastline to explore. White sand beaches curve along the eastern side, while golden strands and views of the rainforest-flecked Sierra Madre Occidental mountains edge the west. Ancient Mesoamerican sites and rich Spanish heritage pair with contemporary cities and resort communities—such as Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos—to create a bewitching blend of tradition and modernism that families, couples and solo travelers can’t wait to discover.
From Cancún, nestled on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, you are ideally situated to access amazing archaeological wonders and beautiful aquatic playgrounds. The translucent blue waters, rimmed with fine white sands and teeming with colorful marine life, are best explored with fins and a mask. Dive into protected underwater reserves or visit local aquariums to witness the incredible variety. A dolphin encounter excursion puts you—or maybe your kids—nose to beak with these social sea creatures in their natural habitat. These outings also are great for learning about ocean conservation. On land, unique adventures shine light on some of Mexico’s earliest inhabitants—the Mayans. Although several sites—including Tulum, Ek’ Balam and the UNESCO World Heritage site Chichén Itzá—lie within about a two-hour drive of one of the best resorts in Mexico, the Hyatt Ziva Cancún, the El Rey site is found within Cancún’s hotel zone. The conveniently accessible ruins date to between 1250 and 1630 A.D. (Don’t mind the iguanas; they’re just looking for a handout.)