Escape the cold this winter by heading south of the border! Mexico is a diverse country with something to offer all types of travelers, so find a spot that suits you and swap the ski jacket for a swimsuit. Our top 8 Mexico destinations for a winter vacation are sure to get you dreaming of sand and sun this winter.
1. Cabo San Lucas
The ever-popular resort city of Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place to avoid winter’s frigid temperatures. With stunning, crystal blue waters, a rich culture, and enough activities to satisfy any adventure traveler, this destination is hard to fault. Spend your days by the water or wandering the picturesque streets, and the nights dining out or hitting up the thriving nightlife scene.
Located on the edge of Lake Chapala, Ajihic is a little town that should be on everyone’s Mexican bucketlist. It’s geographical location means the temperature remains perfectly pleasant all year round, a welcome escape if you’re coming from a cold, snowy destination in the USA! The region’s natural beauty is the biggest drawcard, with Ajihic boasting an impressive mountain backdrop and plenty of lush vegetation that makes the perfect environment for hiking.
3. Puerto Vallarta
Winter is the perfect time to head down to Puerto Vallarta as you’ll get warm temperatures without the rain and humidity. Located on the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta is a resort town that exudes energy. Known for its beautiful beaches and thriving nightlife, the city also offers a rich cultural experience and exceptional gastronomical options.
Once a quiet, little fishing village, Zihuatanejo has now rightfully earned a well known spot on the map. The town, often referred to as Zihua, has developed into a thriving tourist destination, and yet it has retained a certain charm that offers glimpses into a different time. Immerse yourself in culture with visits to the local art galleries or enjoy the scenery with a stroll along the waterfront.
Tequila is one of the most famous exports of Mexico so why not head to the town where it all began? The national drink of Mexico is a popular feature on any menu in the country, but nothing is quite like enjoying the tipple in its birthplace. Tequila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors will learn a lot more history than simply the story of tequila. Visit the museums, eat the local food and indulge in some tequila at one of the many distilleries – a winter trip to Tequila will not disappoint!
6. Mexico City
Mexico City can get cool in the winter but nothing like the freezing temperatures of certain regions in the USA, making it a popular option for anyone leaving behind ice and snow. The city is a year round destination, offering a range of attractions, shopping opportunities, and culinary delights. Visiting in winter is particularly special if you go around Christmas time when the country is celebrating La Posadas, a festival that begins on December 16th. It marks the lead up to Christmas and is celebrated with music, art, food and drinks.
Looking for sun, sand, and nightlife on your winter vacation? Cancun has it all. Known for its long stretches of stunning beaches, there is no better place to shake off the winter blues and work on your tan. There’s also a range of water activities, golf courses, and nearby natural attractions if you’re not the type to just sit on the beach with a good book. Alternatively head to a day spa for a luxurious treatment or indulge in some retail therapy – the sky is the limit in Cancun!
8. Playa del Carmen
Live it up in Playa del Carmen with a collection of luxury hotels and resorts at your fingertips. While accommodation is one drawcard, the shimmering, turquoise water, vibrant atmosphere, and extensive list of attractions are what really make it the perfect winter escape. Hop on a dinner cruise, tour the Chichen Itza, or experience the iconic dancing at Coco Bongo. The opportunities are endless and everything you need to enjoy your break.
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