You have your bathing suit ready and can’t wait to get there. You are excited and want to enjoy the hot sun when you travel South. You’re as ready and eager for your vacation, and you know Mexico is the ideal destination. You can already see yourself sipping margaritas on the beach and basking on warm tortillas. Yes, please! Now comes the great dilemma, the decision. Where would you like to explore an ancient culture and order a few tequilas over dinner? Do you prefer Cancun or Puerto Vallarta for a vacation? Here we offer you a guide to decide which is your destination for that dream vacation.
Where can you get the best beach photos for your Instagram? Of course, in Cancun. When you think of some beach destination, this is the place that always comes to mind. It’s located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in the east of the country, offering dreamy sunrises. And with many options to visit on day trips near Cancun.
Cancun has the most beautiful turquoise blue waters in Playa Norte, one of the best beaches where you will take many photos to remember. In addition, most of the resorts offer mostly ‘private’ beaches. If you want your own sand space, take advantage of booking a hotel room at resorts like Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Marriott Cancun Resort, or some other top-rated hotels in the Hotel Zone.
The culinary offering is also excellent. The flavors come from the Yucatan Peninsula, a European blend with Mexican influence. Seafood is a delight, so we advise you to be prepared to taste the most excellent dishes at any of the restaurant options to eat in Cancun, which are endless. This is a perfect destination for seafood lovers.
Things to Do
Cancun is well known for its entertainment and nightlife; however, you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down to start the party. There are many activities in Cancun; if you’re not on the beach, you can visit Mayan archaeological sites and explore the amazing theme parks like Xcaret, a place to enjoy ecotourism, swim inside its caves, and all the adventures they offer. Without a doubt, this destination has something for everybody, so you’ll never get bored. There are many things to do in Cancun, and it’s an excellent choice for history buffs.
Compared to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta doesn’t need to be on a fantasy peninsula to be beautiful. The city is located on the west coast of Mexico, next to Banderas Bay, deep into the Pacific Ocean. This destination is well known for its amazing sunsets and the most stunning sunrises with an enjoyable cup of coffee.
Puerto Vallarta, due to its location next to the bay, you will find that its beaches are narrower, and some areas can be rocky. Playa Los Muertos and Playa Camarón (considered the best beaches in the area) are ideal for relaxing under a sun umbrella. This destination is perfect for vacationers who want less beach time and enjoy other land activities. Even if you don’t see the sunset from the shore, you can incredibly see the majestic sun from a comfortable and cool hotel room in Puerto Vallarta. The options are exceptional when it comes to hotels in Puerto Vallarta.
For travelers looking for expansive endless beaches, Nuevo Vallarta may be the better choice.
Puerto Vallarta is home to international chefs who have set up their restaurants here. More than 400 restaurants are part of Vallarta’s offering. Delight yourself with traditional seafood dishes or traditional Mexican cuisine. This destination is an excellent option for Foodies.
Things to Do
In this place, sandals were made for walking and touring the famous Malecon. Here you can go shopping and find many exciting things to do in the legendary Puerto Vallarta promenade. After acquiring some souvenirs, admiring the local art, let yourself be carried away by the music of urban artists.
You can also book a boat tour to take you to the Marietas Islands National Park and admire this gem of nature, or visit the imposing atmosphere of the large rock cave on Playa del Amor, among other many outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta.
Will it be Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, which is the best destination for your taste? The reality is that regardless of what you choose, you will not be disappointed. Both offer excellent gastronomy and unlimited fun in their national parks and beaches and a touch of ancient cultures. So go ahead and book your dream vacation in Mexico today!
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