Popular Tourist Destinations in Mexico and Where to Stay

Mexico is a federal republic located at the southern portion of North America. Mexico covers almost two million square kilometers. It is the 13th largest independent nation in the world  and is the sixth largest country in the Americas by total area.

Mexico is bounded by the Caribbean Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico which is why its tourist industry is centered around the beach resorts. More and more resorts in and around the country have been gaining popularity to tourists which makes Mexico one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world. The boost in tourism has also resulted in the booming industry of rentals in Mexico. Nowadays, there are actually thousands of villas and vacation rentals that can be found in Mexico. With those villas and vacation rentals, you can't only have room for your much-needed vacation but the whole house. Also, through rentals, you need not limit yourself when it comes to accommodation and of course, you can have a bigger place for a very affordable price.

Here are a few of the most famous tourist spots in Mexico and where to stay.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican beach resort city is the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco, and the second largest urban agglomeration in the state. It is situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas making it an attractive international resort destination.

Puerto Vallarta, once named La ciudad más amigable del mundo  or The Friendliest City in the World, presents numerous sidewalk touts selling time-shares and tequila which render the city's atmosphere more akin to tourist-heavy resorts like Cancun and Acapulco.

Tourism in Puerto Vallarta makes up for 50% of the city's economic activity. The city is especially popular with US residents from the western U.S. and is also popular with tourists from western Canada.

Puerto Vallarta is a highly popular vacation spot for domestic tourists. It is a popular weekend destination for residents of Guadalajara and a popular national destination for vacations such as Semana Santa or Holy Week and Christmas.

When Puerto Vallarta has become a popular retirement destination for US and Canadian retirees, a condominium development boom in the city has spawned.

Rapid growth in tourist volume in Puerto Vallarta has given rise to rapid growth in hotel and rental apartment construction. The area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Americas.

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of Puerto Vallarta's famous destinations and iconic landmarks. It was called "one of the most endearing" of the city's landmarks. Its foundation was said to have started in the early 1900s and it took more or less 50 years for the church to be finished including the "crown." This beautiful cathedral featuring its trademark crown of angels, is open daily, with services in English available on Saturdays and mass in both Spanish and English on Sundays.

Another tourist spot in Puerto Vallarta is the Galleria Dante. It is an art gallery where the newest in classical and contemporary sculptures of many talented artists can be viewed. This was opened in 1995 out of a family's passion for the arts. Near the gallery is a wine and tapas bar also owned by the family who established Galleria Dante.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Casa Caleta
Casa Caleta is located in Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The villa features 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a beachfront, a pool, and more. Its amenities include air-conditioning, Alfresco dining, Alfresco showers, flatscreen TVs, parking space, Wi-Fi, a security system,  a satellite TV, and more. Price per night starts at $1650.00

Casa Caleta is a private, beachfront villa located in a secure enclave together with two other fully detached residences. Set in the classically charming neighborhood of lower Conchas Chinas, Casa Caleta is about a half-mile along the beach from the famous Los Muertos Beach and the Romantic Zone in Old Town Peurto Vallarta. As you enter from the quaint cobblestone street into this gated community, you will be surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden area with tropical foliage high overhead.

Villa Magnifico

Villa Magnifico can be found in Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It features the following: 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 3 fully-equipped kitchens, an infinity swimming pool, and more. Its amenities are a hot tub (heating included), Alfresco dining with seating for 24, a gas barbeque, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, computers, Bose Sound System and Home Theatre System, and more. Price per night starts at $875.00.

Villa Magnifico is very grand in size and stature. It was designed with oversized open spaces and the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience in mind. With breathtaking views of the Bay of Banderas, alongside contemporary luxury decor with a hacienda feel, this ‘magnificent’ – and suitably named – hillside abode is a perfect choice for large events and family reunions.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The area was remote and rural until the latter 20th century when the Mexican government began to develop Cabo San Lucas for tourism. The main draw is the climate and geography, where the desert meets the sea, along with sport fishing, resorts, and golf. This tourism is by far the main economic activity with over two million visitors per year.

The municipality of Los Cabos is smaller than the other city but because of federal and private investments in tourism, its growth is now rivaling that of the more famous resort area.

This growth has been regulated to the outside of the town center, leaving the historic town center quiet and relatively unchanged. There are still cobblestone streets, adobe houses, jacaranda trees, and a central square in front of a church that dates from the 1700s, where people still gather in the evening when it is cooler. A number of the large houses in the center date from the 19th century and most of these have been converted into restaurants, art galleries and shops selling everything from fine handcrafts, silver, local gemstones, and souvenirs. The art scene in the town is well-developed because of tourism and people with vacation homes. 

The tourist area of the town is the area between the town proper and the shoreline featuring a nine-hole golf course and a line of hotels and resorts facing the ocean, which served over 900,000 hotel guests in 2011.

One of Los Cabos famous landmarks is El Faro Viejo. This Old Lighthouse was constructed more than 100 years ago. Today, little more than the actual base of the lighthouse remains, offering just a glimpse of what once stood here. Many tourists come here for the outstanding coastal views alone and also to visit the adjacent beach, where sea turtles are known to nest during their breeding season.

Where to Stay in Los Cabos

Casa La Laguna
Casa La Laguna is located in San Jose Del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos, Mexico. The villa has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a beachfront, a kitchen, an infinity pool, a jacuzzi for 12, water slides, a pool, and beach toys. Amenities include a built-in coffee/espresso center, desalination and water purification systems, an indoor bar, fully equipped gym, spa area, Wi-Fi access, home theatre, and more. Price per night starts at $4,000.00

It doesn’t get any better than a cool drink in your hand, the sun on your face, and white sand at your feet at the beachfront Casa La Laguna. From its professional staff to its incredible location close to golf, fishing, and downtown San Jose del Cabo, this Cabo San Lucas vacation rental delivers an exceptional luxury experience. Bring friends and family for an unforgettable beach getaway, or let the ocean views from the backdrop to a business retreat or destination wedding.

Penasco which is located in Cabo San Lucas - Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico; features 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a pool, a pergola, a hot tub, a gourmet kitchen, infinity-edge heated pool with a waterfall, and a shallow area for lounging and more. The villa has the following amenities: air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a full stereo system, projector, and laser pointer, telephone, internet access, water purification system, and many more. Price per night starts at $4,200.00

Villa Penasco is an exclusive property located in the elite community of Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. Perched high on a cliff overlooking “Land’s End” where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, you will be well situated for fun in the Mexican sun. This luxury getaway destination offers a perfect combination of great weather, spectacular tropical scenery, and a variety of options for wonderful activities in town.

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a tourism and resort district in Mexico. Historically, this district started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen.

Riviera Maya, originally called the "Cancun–Tulum corridor", was but in 1999. The place is famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels. The place also features many fine-dining restaurants available along the highway 307 and on or near the beaches. Luxury travel entities have been instrumental in increasing luxury villa rentals and yacht charters in the area.

A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Known as the Belize Barrier Reef, this barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.

Activities at the most visited locations include jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours.

Archeology also draws a big tourist in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological. The self-named eco-parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions and attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins.

Where to stay in Riviera Maya

Villa Picon

The villa that is located in Playa Secreto, Riviera Maya, Mexico mainly features 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a beachfront, and a pool. Its amenities include barbecues, DVD players, computers, Alfresco dining, internet access, cable TVs, Alfresco showers, parking space, high chair, outdoor furniture, and more. Accommodation starts at $585 per night.

Located in a gated community with a handful of private oceanfront homes on one of the most pristine white sand beaches in the world, your stay at Villa Picon is sure to be one for the books. In fact, the beach in front of Villa Picon is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and shell collecting. There’s something for everyone under the therapeutic Riviera sun! Other outdoor activities at Villa Picon include sea kayaking, canoeing, boogie boarding, and having fun with the water toys. 

Mexico is indeed a beautiful country. There's just so much to discover in and around the place that offers one of the most interesting and rewarding experiences one could have in his or her lifetime. The country's nature, architecture, history, culture, and people are fused in harmony to make it one of the must-see places for travelers, thrill-seekers, and adventurists alike.

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