Mexico

Mexico is a popular honeymoon destination because of its spectacular beaches and close proximity to the United States. The Yucatan peninsula hosts the more popular Caribbean resort areas -- Cancun, Mayan Riviera, and Cozumel. The Pacific Coast offers several resort areas, such as Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Ixtapa, plus many others. The Baja Peninsula offers the Pacific coast in a desert landscape in the popular resort town of Los Cabos.


Cancun
-- Busy, popular Cancun. You may be surprised to learn that Cancun was mainly uninhabited less than 40 years ago. Sporting soft, white sand and brilliant water, Cancun's the most Americanized of the Mexican resort areas. The Hotel Zone -- the name of the island-beach strip of Cancun -- offers American-style shopping malls, bars and nightclubs, and many American and local restaurants to choose from. Many, but not all, resorts in Cancun offer an all-inclusive option. Destination Weddings.

Mayan Riviera -- located 45-90 minutes south of Cancun airport, the newly developing Mayan Riviera area offers something Cancun cannot -- a sense of seclusion. Set along the tropical jungle and coastline, most of the resorts along the Mayan Riviera are all-inclusive. The town of Playa del Carmen is nearby, where you can find shops, restaurants and the ferry to Cozumel. The eco-water park Xpu-Ha is nearby, as well as the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Destination Weddings.

Cozumel -- nearby Palancar Reef has made Cozumel a diver and snorkeler's paradise. Cozumel is an island off the coast of Playa del Carmen (ferries run continuously), and has several resort and hotel options for honeymooners, families, and diving enthusiasts. The downside to Cozumel is the daily cruise traffic. Cozumel has, in recent years, become the busiest Caribbean cruise destination. Streets and shops are often crowded, and prices (shops, restaurants, and taxi fares) are all inflated. Because of this, an all-inclusive resort is the only smart option. Destination Weddings.

Puerto Vallarta -- Situated on Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a resort town with colonial charm. Golfing and watersports are offered here, and you may spot a whale in the bay in the winter months. The beaches here are nice, though the hurricane of 2002 did erode some of the sand in spots. A few resorts offer all-inclusive options. Destination Weddings.

Los Cabos -- also known as Cabos San Lucas (or simply Cabos), this resort area lies on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. I've heard this area described as "Scottsdale with a beach." You'll find spectacular desert landscapes, world-class resorts, and golfing here. Destination Weddings.

Acapulco -- Once the gem of Mexican tourism (in the 50's and 60's), Acapulco Bay hosts many high rise condo and resorts. In recent years, this town has undergone revitalization efforts, and the result is a resort city that's once again a treat to visit! You'll find tan sand beaches, mountains, and a skyline (and cliff divers) you've certainly seen in movies. Most hotels and resorts here are not all-inclusive, and you'll find many of your days out and about in the city. Pacific coast.

Ixtapa -- this recently developing resort community was just a few years ago a sleepy fishing village. The sandy beaches here are wonderful, and golf is quite popular. You'll find some lovely resorts here as well.

Cruises -- cruises offer an opportunity to see many places with the convenience of unpacking only once. Western Caribbean itineraries almost always offer Cozumel, and many others offer Calica or Progresso (ports on the Yucatan). Cancun itself doesn't have a cruise port, though it's striking distance from Calica and Progresso. Many cruise lines offer a Mexican cruise out of Southern California (LA or San Diego), visiting many popular resort areas along Mexico's Pacific Coast. And, transcanal cruises (generally 10 days or longer) transverse the Panama Canal and will call on port cities in both the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Ecotourism and Cultural Tours -- if you're looking for something definitely not mainstream, consider destinations such as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador, as well as destinations within Mexico itself.


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