Nestled in the hills, San Miguel de Allende is a hidden wonder. Liz Dodd is enchanted by this year’s American Capital of Culture
Source: Living the Beach Life in Cancun
The coastal town of Playa del Carmen is located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This destination offers picturesque beaches and pleasant weather throughout the year, making it an ideal vacation spot for anyone looking to relax.
Beyond the beaches, this bustling town also offers live music, shopping spots and several local restaurants. Most people choose to take a day trip here during a stay in Cancun or Riviera Maya, but a visit to Hilton Playa del Carmen puts travelers just steps away from Fifth Avenue.
While other Mexican destinations have lost their rhythm, Zihuatanejo—a once swinging spot on the Pacific Coast—is getting its groove back but still holding on to its wave-chasing soul.
In the pantheon of Mexican vacation towns, Zihuatanejo is a hard one to categorize. I have visited it, and the nearby small Pacific Coast surf towns of Sayulita and Troncones, a handful of times over two decades. Change here is rare and slow. The fact that this area of Guerrero—closer to Guatemala than to the U.S.—isn’t easy to get to has surely played a role: Unlike Cancún, it requires at least one stopover. The terrain has also done its part. This swathe of the state is slammed up against the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, with cliffs and ravines blanketed by mangrove, oak, and black olive, and tangled with subtropical shrubs, agaves, and snaking vines. None of this is conducive to the type of sprawling hotels you find in flatter spots of the country. Zihua (pronounced “zee-wha”), as it’s thankfully shortened to, is especially hemmed in by nature—by the scooped-out bay to the west, with its sliver of silt-fine beach and palm trees, and by hills in every other direction. The small stuccoed places to stay, covered in magenta and egg-yolk-yellow bougainvillea, and the thatched-roof private homes that do exist are daringly set on dramatic inclines.
Mérida has been chosen as one of Fodor’s top places to visit in 2019 for reasons that might not seem clear at first glance. Behind the colorful, sometimes worn-looking walls, are speakeasies, art galleries, small luxury boutique hotels, and some of the best food in all of Mexico. But while you could spend all your time in the city, there is more to explore with just a few hours’ drive from Mérida, from cenotes to lagoons with thousands of flamingos.
For a relaxing and unique Puerto Vallarta experience, be sure to book your stay at Hotel Boutique Casa Velas!
Allianz Global Assistance released the top international and domestic destinations for summer travel in 2019. Mexico and the Caribbean are wildly.
Insane views, delicious local cuisine and animal encounters — Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has it all!
Are you a huge fan of tequila? Then you’ll love this place. By standing at this hotel in Mexico, you can live out all your tequila-infused dreams – quite literally.