The Riviera Maya is the 80-mile section of Caribbean coastline on the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún south to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sian Ka`an Biosphere Reserve, south of Tulum. The Riviera Maya is well-known for its gorgeous beaches and five-star resorts, many of them all-inclusive, as well as for its ecotourism parks that combine outdoor leisure activities with appreciation of the local Mayan ruins. Millions of tourists visit the Riviera Maya each year.
Baja California is a peninsula made up of mountains that stretch for the length of the peninsula, surrounded by coastal plains. It`s known for such tourist centers as Los Cabos, Todos Santos, and Loreto.
The central Pacific coast of Mexico stretches for over 1,000 miles from Sinaloa to Guerrero. The central Pacific coast towns and cities are ideal vacation spots for those who like history, culture, and of course the beach!
The state of Oaxaca is home to 370 miles of prime coastline on the Pacific Ocean. The mountains of Oaxaca lead to narrow coastal plains where many of the state`s most inviting beach destinations are located.
Also called the Altiplano, the Highlands are divided into two zones, the Mesa del Norte and the Mesa del Centro, with the scenery being very diverse, ranging from deserts to forests to singular mountain peaks that rise high above the plateau.
The charming towns near Mexico City, such as Puebla, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Toluca, and Atlixco, all within three hours of Mexico`s capital by car, offer unique sights and lots of excitement for the traveler who wishes to explore interior Mexico.
The Yucatán Peninsula is one of Mexico`s largest tourist centers, and home of the Mayan civilization. Such cities and sights as Mérida, Ciudad del Carmen, Chichén Itzá, and the towns and cities of the Riviera Maya are located here.
When you think of the idyllic islands of Mexico, you might think of the islands like Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and Isla Holbox, but these beautiful island getaways can be found nationwide.
The pre-Columbian era of Mexican history saw the rise and decline of a number of indigenous civilizations, such as the Aztec, the Maya, and the Zapotec. These civilizations built fully-functioning cities between 500 BCE and 1500 CE.
For three centuries, from 1521 to 1821, the Spanish ruled Mexico, and their enduring influence on Mexican architecture, education, culture, religion, and life is undeniable, and many Mexican cities are testament to Spain`s influence.