Top 10 reasons to visit Mexico during the winter

by Cristina on September 22, 2008

by Cristina | September 22nd, 2008  

Mexico is a colorful and beautiful country, mixing the old and the new, the traditional festivals with the modern nightlife to offer the visitors a superb vacation. Winter in Mexico represents the tourist season. It’s the time when everyone flocks here to escape the colder climates in the North America and Europe.

Here are our Top 10 Reasons to make Mexico your vacation destination:

1. The Beaches

Whether you go to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, the beaches are, without a doubt, the main attraction during the tourist season. Each beach destination has at least one popular beach where everyone is bathing during the day and partying until late at night.

Cancun is the most visited and most popular of the beach destinations in Mexico but Acapulco has seen a recent rediscovery after being known as “The Pearl of the Pacific” for years. Cabo San Lucas, thanks to its very close location to US, is very popular among Americans who like to have their dream weddings and honeymoons in Mexico. Cozumel, on the other hand, is just as “Caribbean” as Mexico can get, with lovely diving spots and sparkling resorts.


2. The Food

For anyone who likes to eat, Mexico is the place to visit. If you think you know what Mexican food tastes like you’d be surprise to find totally different tastes when the food is prepared by the locals. Try the street food and enjoy every bite of it.

If your taste buds are a bit adventurous, then Mexico is the best place to let them go wild. But if you are afraid that too spicy is not your cup of tea, then try the simple and traditional food. Try the simple tacos or tamales. Learn the flavor of the chilies because they are unique in Mexico. And to wash the food down, try some tequila or Corona.


3. The Ruins

There are plenty of archeological sites in Mexico which are as old as 2000 years. The most popular Mayan ruins are Chichen Itza and Tulum. Apocalypto was filmed at Chichen Itza and Uxmal. Make sure to have enough space on your memory card and plan to get to the sites in the early morning to avoid the high temperatures.

Although most of the Mayan cities fell into decline well before Columbus, the ruins are still there for us to see. Many of the Mayan traditions are reflected into the architecture but there are still many things which archeologists cannot explain.


4. Snorkeling and diving

Numerous places in Mexico offer great snorkeling and diving opportunities. Cozumel and Tulum are only two of them. The clear waters, interesting reefs and secluded lagoons offer great spots to check out the creatures living under the water.

Mexico is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which means it has a lot to offer when it comes to snorkeling and diving spots. If you are looking for the best place to snorkel you should head to the Mayan Coral Reef off the Caribbean Sea coast, right near the resort area in Cozumel.


5. The Colorful markets

The markets are the place where you can find the local flavor and the local products, be them fruits, veggies or artifacts. No visit to Mexico is complete without checking out at least Mercado Jamaica in Mexico City. It comprises flowers and fruits to offer one of the most colorful views of Mexico.

In traditional markets, travelers can buy food and crafts. Usually fruit juices are also available at the food stalls. In big markets you can find anything from flowers and produce to clothes and handicrafts.


6. The Colonial cities

The colonial cities can be found all over Mexico. They all have a special charm and although you’d be tempted to say that you’ve seen them all if you seen one of them, that’s a wrong statement. Colonial cities are scattered all over Mexico, from the Gulf Coast to the highlands of Chiapas. Some of the most picturesque ones are the former silver mines cities such as Guanajuato, Alamos or Taxco.


7. The divers of La Quebrada

If you visit Acapulco then you have to watch the incredible divers of La Quebrada. The divers jump from a 136 ft rock into a narrow inlet where the waters create huge waves as they crash into the rocks. On top of the cliff there’s a nice restaurant but the view is the real reason for your trip here. Watch the divers take the plunge. It might look very easy but it’s actually quite dangerous. Shows take place 5 times a day.


8. Accommodation for everyone

It’s very easy to find budget accommodation as it is to find luxury resorts, which makes Mexico a great vacation destination for every one no matter what their budget is. Not to mention that during the spring and fall you’ll always have find some decent discounts at big reasons which may seem a bit “unreachable” during the winter season. And if you are looking to spend your honeymoon in Mexico, make sure to check out the special wedding packages and you’ll be surprised to find out that there are really affordable ones.


9. Greener vacation

You’ll be surprised to find out that more and more resorts in Mexico adopt a greener life style. For example the hotel zone in Tulum uses limited electricity – and even that electricity comes from wind-driven generators – and the hotels offer different ranges of power access (during the night the whole area is quite dark). There are plenty of resorts where you won’t find a TV, or phone or anything else which has to do with the “modern facilities” but being so close to nature and using its resources in a sustainable way is exactly what many travelers look for.


10. The kids will never get bored

Without a doubt, Mexico is a great place to take your children to. If you plan to visit Mexico City, the Chapultapec Park offers enough opportunities to keep a child happy. They can choose between the children museum, the zoo, pony rides, water parks and amusement parks. Plus most of the resorts in the beach areas also offer children play areas and other activities aimed at the little ones.


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