Best Romantic Getaways in Mexico

Mexico is often considered one of the best romantic getaways from the United States not only because it is extremely affordable but also because it offers a perfect mix of beaches, nightlife, spas and activities such as golf, scuba diving and snorkeling. There are several cities in Mexico that are good choices for a bit of romance with their scenic beauty, history, and old world charm.

Cancun

Love in Cancun

Besides providing easy access to Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and the El Castillo pyramid, Cancun is special because of the barrier reef that forms a ring around the island making it a natural aquarium teeming with tropical marine life. In addition, the affordable accommodations, the Caribbean style beaches with turquoise waters and powdery sands, and the variety of water sports such as jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling and wind surfing makes it a popular romantic destination for couples.

Acapulco

With its white sand beaches, clear blue waters, lively nightlife and water sports, Acapulco is a favorite with celebrities and the jet set crowd. Enjoy quieter beaches such as Barra Vieja 20 miles east of the city, with its romantic setting of coconut palms, banana trees and exotic bird species or get the best views of the sunset from Pie de la Cuesta. Don’t miss the La Quebrada cliff divers in action as they plunge from a 130 meter high cliff into the shallow waters below. At night, hit one of the popular nightclubs and party till the wee hours of the morning or have a quiet al fresco dinner at a restaurant. There are also museums, water sports, shopping and a range of other activities, so you won’t be short of things to do.

Los Cabos

The two resort towns in Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, are best known for their spectacular scenery and water sports. Vast stretches of desert with cactus, mountains in the background, rock formations, white sand beaches and sapphire waters present a stunning setting. In addition, there is a host of adventure activities and sports such as golf, hiking, fishing, diving and whale watching to keep you busy.

Puerto Vallarta

Of all the destinations in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta still retains quaintness and an old feel in addition to the beautiful coastline. Its location between lush green mountains and the blue waters of the Bay of Banderas makes its setting unique. You can explore the charming town with its old tiled roof buildings and paved streets, go horseback riding on the mountain trails or hike to a nearby waterfall for a truly quiet vacation.

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

Located on the west coast of Mexico in the southern part of the Sierra Madre valley, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are twin cities with similar tropical settings in the midst of the mountainous region and the golden sand beaches. However, they have completely different identities. While Ixtapa offers more modern resort facilities, an ecological reserve and a busy nightlife, Zihuatanejo is more rural with a quieter atmosphere and a sheltered harbor. Ixtapa has luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs and golf courses while its unpretentious neighbor has old cafes, family run restaurants and colorful local markets. Together, they present the best of both worlds.

Before planning a romantic getaway to Mexico make sure you check on the weather as certain areas are prone to hurricanes during some seasons. Decide on whether you would like to experience the luxury of a world class resort or the quaint local charm and choose a destination accordingly.

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About Donna Beasley

Donna is a romantic travel expert who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is the founder and publisher of Romance Travel Magazine. A romantic at heart , she hopes to inspire everyone to find love in their own special place.

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