After a gazillion trips to Mexico, we’ve come to love it more than we ever thought we could. From the resorts of Cabo San Lucas to the ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, we have some amazing ideas, tour recommendations and unique Mexico destinations to explore. So many Mexico travel plans to share!
What you'll find...
- Picking a Mexican Vacation Destination
- Best Things to Do in the Cancun Area
- All About Baja California Sur and Cabo
- Navigating Mexican Timeshares
Picking a Mexican Vacation Destination
But first, how do you choose between Cabo or Cancun? Since these two places are where most families venture, that’s what we focus on. There are other Mexico destinations that offer more of a city-focused type of trip, but since we love nature and small towns so much, that’s our primary type of trip to Mexico.
We’ll be adding Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Oaxaca to our site, but for now we’ll stick to the two areas we know best.
So, which of the most popular Mexico destinations is right for you? Cancun or Cabo San Lucas?? There’s a lot to consider…
Best Things to Do in the Cancun Area
Between climbing Mayan ruins and swimming with sea turtles there is a lot to consider. Also, the Yucatan has so many colorful towns and islands. The cenotes are not to be missed, because who doesn’t want to swim in a tropical jungle cave or swimming hole?
Tip: book a Cancun hotel that’s NOT an all-inclusive resort so that you actually leave the property!
Check out our Yucatan Road Trip itinerary for a great plan to explore beyond the tourist centers of Cancun and Tulum. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss. There are some small town Mexico destinations on this road trip that you’ll love!
Top Picks for Mayan Ruins Near Cancun
We’ve all the information on the best Mayan ruins to visit near Tulum and our favorite archeological site on the Yucatan Peninsula: the Ruins at Coba. It’s worth the drive (not too far) out of the way!
The Unique Natural World of Yucatan, Mexico
It has to be said that the juxtaposition of the jungles and the Caribbean sea is a special one. This perfect setup makes for some of the most remarkable things to do in nature.
One of the best wildlife encounters around is swimming at Turtle Beach in Akumal. Wow! An incredible experience, see how to visit Akumal and what the restrictions are for swimming in the sea turtle areas.
We get the most questions about cenotes on the Yucatan, and in particular where to find the best cenotes near Cancun. We’re created a guide to plan for the most exciting and beautiful adventures to these amazing jungle swimming holes, and you MUST visit at least one on your trip to Cancun or Tulum. Cenotes are what make the Mexico destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula so cool.
Other Caribbean Mexico Destinations
Playa del Carmen is an awesome city just south of Cancun. It’s its own destination with nightlife, beaches and more. Playa del Carmen is a great home base for exploring the Yucatan, and with beautiful beaches, you could arrive and never even leave if you wanted.
And did you know that you can fly into Cancun and then visit both Isla Mujeres AND Isla Holbox? We have a plan for it all! You won’t need a car on either island, so plan to catch a shuttle or book private transportation to either’s ferry terminal. You’ll love the island life!
All About Baja California Sur and Cabo
Millions of people visit Cabo San Lucas every year, but did you know that there’s more to Baja California Sur than just El Squid Roe and Cabo Wabo? OMG!! So much more! Baja is one of our favorite Mexico destinations for its nature, colorful small towns and awesome food.
A road trip around Baja California Sur is an amazing adventure and very safe (despite media stigmas). We’ve done it with our kids multiple times and loved each journey around the Baja.
Southern Baja is a beautiful place full of culture, wildlife, and endless beaches. Beautiful towns pepper the desert and cactus sunsets end your days.
Visiting Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas has long been a favorite vacation destination for our family, and we’ve been to Cabo MANY times, both with kids and without. Doing Cabo San Lucas with kids is really fun, and a great way to relax in the sunshine of the tropics. It’s one of the most fun family Mexico destinations.
One of the best things to do in and around Cabo San Lucas is snorkeling. Having snorkeled all around Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos and more, we have a comprehensive guide to the best snorkeling spots in the region.
Also, for those that prefer to be guided, we’ve done a lot of ecotours in Cabo over the years, ranging from free diving with sharks to simple snorkeling and hiking. The best ecotours in Cabo are lead by passionate people aiming to education and protect the wildlife of the Baja.
Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in Cabo
Enjoying and experiencing Dia de los Muertos in Mexico is on many peoples’ Mexico travel plans. It really is remarkable and so different from Halloween activities in the USA. Heck, Halloween in Mexico is way different too. Take a look at what to expect from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in Cabo San Lucas, because it’s not like what you’d think.
Encountering a timeshare or vacation ownership presentation in a Mexican vacation destination is nearly unavoidable. We own two timeshares and understand them well. There are some that are great and actually do provide long term value.
There are some timeshares in Mexican destinations that really don’t offer a better value than making your own tropical resort travel plans and booking on your own. We can help you understand timeshares and what is actually worth your time.
If you have any questions about visiting Mexico, please let us know. We’ll be adding to our destination guide with more trips down, so check back for more updates.