Are you dreaming of palm trees instead of Christmas trees? Read our recommendations and start planning your holiday trip. Here are the top seven beaches to spend a few days relaxing and working on your tan. Each of these destinations has something unique to offer.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
We don’t have to convince you to visit this charming town in the Riviera Maya. According to data and information from TripAdvisor, it’s an internationally recognized paradise, where more than 16 million tourists arrive throughout the year. It’s considered one of the ten best destinations in the world. You’ll find from incredible cenotes, archaeological sites, snorkeling, and eco-parks, to the unique atmosphere of Playa’s main street, Quinta Avenida. Book your next vacation and relax on the beach or explore its many attractions. You can also find many things to do on a budget in Playa. Its beaches with white sand facing the Caribbean Sea, with turquoise water, will be the perfect landscape for your winter vacation.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
A tourist destination that preserves the natural charm of its beaches and the city is surrounded by the striking Sierra Madre. Its streets offer culture, gastronomy, and traditions. Something that characterizes Puerto Vallarta is its hospitality; you’ll feel at home. In December, the warm weather is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cold drink; what better way to spend the holidays. You must visit El Malecon, its iconic boardwalk with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Also, the Romantic Zone is where you’ll find excellent places to dine and go out at night. The Marina is ideal for taking a stroll in the afternoons and watching the most beautiful sunsets.
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Los Cabos is the perfect place to get away from your daily routine and avoid the crowds. Hundreds of celebrities seek Los Cabos for its privacy, a city that enjoys lets you enjoy a great vacation experience. It has a wide variety of water sports and activities, such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle surfing, and fishing. You’ll find resort-quality accommodations with luxury rooms, spa services, and much more. You’ll find restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs, ensuring unparalleled cuisine. There are so many things to do when you escape to this beautiful desert and tropical landscape.
Just a couple of hours from Mexico City, you’ll find legendary Acapulco. One of its many attractions is the spectacular views you can have from any corner of the port. Its hotels and condos on the hills, terraces, and pools are perfect for a relaxing vacation. In addition, it has shopping centers, fun for the entire family, cultural areas, leafy parks, and outdoor activities. Its gastronomy is top-rated, and you can find it in fine restaurants or on its streets, with its famous stalls of ceviche, seafood, and pozole.
Mazatlan’s well-known golden sand beaches, with its deep blue sea and incredible marine fauna, make it the perfect destination for your Christmas vacation. Its boardwalk is the largest in the world, and it covers more than 13 miles facing the ocean. You can explore this vibrant city for days, and you must hop on one of their traditional taxis, popularly known as “Pulmonías” for the most authentic experience. You can go to Plaza Machado, El Faro de Mazatlan, Isla de la Piedra or one of its water parks. If you’re a foodie, ask local people about their typical dishes, they are a delicacy of flavors, especially seafood. Enjoy Mexican music in its restaurants and plazas, where you’ll almost always find a live band playing.
It houses one of the most interesting museums, the Museum of Friendship Mexico-Cuba. It’s located in a strategic geographical point ideal for large vessels; its docks have connected different countries through maritime transport. A destination full of history, the most critical battles of the Independence of Mexico happened here. One of its recognized pre-Hispanic activities is the ritual of the Voladores de Papantla or also called “Birds of the Earth,” it has been carried out for more than 2,500 years. It symbolizes the four cardinal points, and its descent means the fall of rain. It is associated with the fertility of the fields.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Located on Mexico’s southern pacific coast in Oaxaca, it has many stunning beaches, perfect for surfing, boutique hotels, and charming traditional towns close. Puerto Escondido is the ideal destination where you can have different experiences just a few miles away. Enjoy your stay just chilling on the beach or explore its traditional markets, filled with artisan products and food markets. Visit the Manialtepec Lagoon, which brings together three different water sources; this phenomenon makes the water from the Lagoon bioluminescent, offering the attractive nocturnal spectacle of its algae that lights on and off.
Cancun, Quintana Roo
No beach list would be complete without the perfect white sand beach in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. The pristine beach overlooks natural turquoise waters that hardly seem real to the eye. The Cancun area remains the most popular destination in Mexico with hundreds of ocean front all-iclusive hotels to choose from.
Mexico offers a festive spirit and is a perfect destination for spending these special holidays. Start planning your vacation for the most wonderful time of the year!
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