Make Mexico an excuse for your spring vacations and get your senses ready to experience magic, color and warmth. Come and fall in love with Mexico! To select your spring vacation destination in Mexico, rely on our list of the country’s best places to explore beautiful beaches, vivacious nightlife and sensible cultural attractions.
Playa del Carmen
“Playa” boasts a hip food scene and an even hipper bar scene — that is, if you can tear yourself away from the breathtaking beach. The nearby community of Playacar is also helping to distinguish the area as a great golf getaway. The best time to visit Playa del Carmen is between April and May. There will be less people along the shore during this time and you will have perfect spring holidays to spend. Day temperatures hover between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, dropping to around 60 degrees during the evening.
Puerto Vallarta have more rave reviews than most other Mexican vacation spots without any doubts. The excellent blend of excellent beaches, authentic regional cuisine and its picturesque setting sets Puerto Vallarta apart from Cancún, Cabo San Lucas and other packaged tourist centers. The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June, when the weather is pleasant and the hotel room rates are at affordable prices. At that time there isn’t as much rain as the cheapest season in PV (July to September), plus there aren’t as many tourists as you’ll see at the end of the year.
It’s not just a set of Mayan ruins anymore; now, Tulum is the new frontier of Riviera Maya beaches. And luckily, the area hasn’t succumbed to the mega-resort influences that have overtaken Cancún, Cabo and parts of Playa del Carmen. But hurry up: The empire is expanding. In the past decade, Tulum has grown into a desirable vacation for luxury travelers from all over the world. But it still tempts bargain-hunters who remember when this tucked-away jewel of Mexico’s east coast was more of a secluded getaway. Here, you’ll find some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in the Western Hemisphere, ruins that have the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop.
This Yucatán island is perhaps best known for two things: coral reefs and cruise boats. But Cozumel is a quiet spot to learn about Mayan culture. Visiting the island’s San Gervasio or El Cedral ruins should definitely be high on your list of things to do here. Cozumel’s clear turquoise waters and powdery sands coax travelers by the hundreds from cold winter climates to this 250-square-mile island off the Yucatán Peninsula. Cruise ships are a constant feature of Cozumel’s coastal views, and the atmosphere on this charming island is often interrupted by tourist chatter. In fact, Cozumel’s charms are so effective that the shopping plazas along the waterfront remains jam-packed much of the year.
After falling off the tourist map in the 1970s and ’80s, Mazatlán is once again living up to its former glory as a fortunate beach getaway renowned for its star-studded shorelines. Meanwhile, the Centro Histórico boasts renovated museums and historic sites. Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, Mazatlán is once again a in demand beach escape. The sidewalk cafés and scenic Malecón are just as busy as they were when film stars like John Wayne and Gary Cooper used to come to town. Residents are thankful for the renaissance — this “Pearl of the Pacific” definitely experienced a low point in the 1970s and 1980s.