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10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico

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Mexico offers so much more than the high octane holiday resorts which it has become famous for. Explore a little further afield than the package vacation favourites and you’ll unearth deserted coastlines, remains of ancient and important civilizations and peaceful national parks. Although selecting the the most picturesque places is of course subjective, here are my choices for ten of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico…

Puerto Vallarta

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This cosmopolitan resort located on the country’s west coast Puerto Vallarta is a picky vacationers dream. It’s also the perfect choice for those on a limited time frame who want to get a taste for all aspects of Mexican life. The gorgeous stretches of sand along Banderas Bay is one of the biggest draws and so is the pretty old town of Puerto Vallarta which offers traditional architecture, stylish restaurants and plenty of interesting shops.

Where to stay – our recommendations

Yucatán Peninsula

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The Yucatan peninsula sits on the southern tip of Eastern Mexico. A popular and attractive area to visit, the peninsula is known for its unique geology, natural beauty, outstanding coastline and ancient Mayan ruins. The state’s national parks shouldn’t be missed nor should the incredible underground lakes otherwise known as the Cenotes.

Where to stay – our recommendations


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Covering a part of Mexico’s south coast, this world heritage city offers both natural and man-made beauty. Famous for its indigenous people and ancient cultures as well as a vibrant art and craft scene – the city makes an exceptional travel destination. When visiting, make sure you explore some of the colourful colonial architecture and also the surrounding area which is abundant with deserted stretches of coastline, thick forests and photogenic waterfalls.

Where to stay – our recommendations


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A subtropical paradise characterized by dense rainforest jungles and ancient Mayan ruins, the Chiapas is certainly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico. A southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala, highlights include the river-carved Canyon of Sumidero, the lakes at Montebello and the ancient ruins at Palenque.

Where to stay – our recommendations

The Copper Canyon, Chihuahua

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This area in the north of Chihuahua is a beautiful environment made up of cliffs and caves. The cliffs join together to make a formation bigger than America’s famous Grand Canyon. Visit for stunning panoramic vistas as well as inspirational canyon walks where the sheer size of nature really helps put life in perspective!

Where to stay – our recommendations

The Bufadora, Baja California

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This sea cave in Baja California is a stunning sight not to miss when visiting Mexico. With the cave at sea level, the tidal surges create a massive spouting geyser accompanied by an eerie sound that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Join the other people gathering around the cave and sit back and enjoy the show. The rest of Baja California is also worth exploring – the earth’s second-longest peninsula the region spans hundreds of majestic mountains and gorgeous beaches.

Where to stay – our recommendations

  • Las Rosas Hotel & Spa, Ensenada – A modern four star spa resort in Baja California with stunning ocean views from $60pn
  • Endemico, Robles – Chic and eco-friendly cabins staggered among the hills in the wine-growing region of Valle de Guadalupe – very cool! From $50pn

Chichen Itza, Yucatan

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza stands as testament to the might of the Mayan civilisation. Dominated by the imposing El Castillo structure this site of extreme archaeological interest is also one of the most stunning spots in the country and should be on everyone’s list of extraordinary places to visit in Mexico. The important site is located in Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán State and when planning your trip make sure you allow for a full day to visit – the area occupies around a 2.5 square mile radius.

Where to stay – our recommendations

Horsetail Falls, Monterrey

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The Cola de Caballo (or horse’s tail) waterfalls in Monterrey draws a huge number of visitors. The cascades are a great photogenic attraction and the surrounding area is also popular with outdoor activity and nature enthusiasts. Book a hotel in a nearby resort and choose from hiking, bungee jumping, canyoneering or (rather aptly) horse riding.

Where to stay – our recommendations

  • Chipinque, Monterrey – Comfortable rustic reasonably accommodation surrounded by nature, Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is just steps away from $40pn
  • Quinta Real, Monterrey – Exclusive five star hotel with very grand decor colonial style decor from $100pn

Isla Mujeres, Yucatán Peninsula coast

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Just a short boat ride from the package holiday favourite Cancun, Isla Mujeres (otherwise known as the Island of the Women) is a perfect tropical paradise which is a world away from the craziness of the mainland. It’s a small island with not an awful lot going on – but that’s the island’s main selling point. Swim, snorkel or just indulge in the sweet art of not doing very much at all.

Where to stay – our recommendations

Cabo San Lucas Arch, Cabo San Lucas

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The coastal city of Cabo is a tourist hot spot and visitor’s love its sandy beaches, world class diving locations and holiday atmosphere. Although the highlight of Cabo is undoubtedly the beautiful natural rock formations that jut out from the turquoise sea. The Cabo San Lucas Arch sits at the meeting point of two seas and has rightly earned its place in Mexican legend and folklore.

Where to stay – our recommendations

Other unique and popular places to stay in Mexico

  • Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun – A truly stunning four star resort with tasteful chic decor and fabulous views from $90
  • Home Away From Home, Cancun – A charming three star bed and breakfast with a homely feel – the perfect antidote to the major resort hotels from $30pn

Of course it’s impossible to mention all the beautiful places in Mexico in a Top 10 list. Still want more? Then head for the famously fun resort town of Acapulco, the historic colonial city of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende the romantic city which hails from the 16th century city, the protected Marieta Islands, the birthplace of tequila Guadalajara and Riviera Nayarit – the spot that calls itself “Mexico’s newest beach destination.” Enjoy Mexico!

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Ten of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico was written by travel writer and Mexico fan Anna DeWinter.

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