Mexico's Beach Vacations - Acapulco and Yucatan

Mexico's beach vacations offer holiday makers everything from sunshine, adventure to entertainment and relaxation. Mexico is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world and almost any coastal resort that you visit is guaranteed to offer azure waters, palm fringed beaches and endless stretches of golden sands.

The coastal regions of Mexico are best visited in the dry season which runs from November to April. During this time the water is calm, the weather warm and the seas more predictable. There is also less chance of a tropical storm sweeping the coastline and ruining your holiday during these months. The high season begins in December and runs until late March, so if you are looking for bargains it is best to book for November or early April.

The most popular spots for beach vacations are undoubtedly those on the Pacific coast and in the Yucatan region. If it's glitz and glamour that you're after, then you can find it all in hot spots such as Cancun, Acapulco and Peurta Vallarta. These areas are renowned around the globe and as a result are packed with tourists almost all year round. Shopping malls and high-rise hotels line the streets and offer tourists the ultimate in extravagance and luxury treatments. For the adventure enthusiast there is no shortage of things to do from parasailing to surfing and snorkeling. Those who just want to relax can simply lounge in the sand and sip on brightly coloured cocktails while they gaze out at the tranquil water and surrounding jungle scenery. Be prepared to splash out though as not many things in Cancun and Acapulco come cheap.

If you are looking to experience the more tranquil side of Mexico's beaches, there are a number of smaller beach towns situated on the outskirts of major resort towns that are worth a visit. Pristine beaches on the outskirts of Peurta Vallarta such as Las Animas and Yelapa can be accessed by boat and are wonderful spots to snorkel and laze about. Similarly, the beaches near Zihuatanejo, dubbed 'mini Acapulco ' are quiet and serene. Playa las Gatas is a particularly charming location situated just outside Bahia de Zihuatenejo to the south of Acapulco. The beach is closed in by an off-shore reef making it the perfect spot for children who can swim in the calm, shallow waters.

In the Yucatan region, beaches such as Punta Nizuc, Isla Mujeres and Playa Lancheros are popular with divers, snorkelers and sun bathers alike. Isla Cozumel, with its coral gardens and remote reefs is seen as one of the best diving spots in Mexico, while the village of Celestun is famous for its flocks of pink flamingos, peaceful beaches and delicious sea food. Other spots worth a visit include the secluded beaches of Tulum, the Mediterranean-style town of Puerta Aventuras and the popular swimming beach of Progreso.

Don't think that Mexican beach vacations are confined only to the Acapulco and Yucatan regions however. If you are looking to explore more of Mexico, there are a number of beaches in the northern and southern regions that are well worth a visit. Cabo San Lucas in the Pacific Northwest is renowned for its marlin fishing and whale watching, while if surfing is your forte then you are guaranteed to love the bohemian town of Peurto Escondido in the Oaxaca region.

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