Culture and Heritage

Mexico Travel Guide

Mexico, formally the United Mexican States, is an extremely popular country in the southwestern part of North America. It is bordered in both directions by the United States; on the south by Texas; to the northwest by the Pacific Ocean; and to the eastern edge by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea. Mexico City, Mexico's largest city, is one of the most important economic centers in South America, housing such international banks as Citigroup, Bank of America, HSBC, and Bank of New York. Mexico tourism is also one of the United States' leading exports. Millions of people from across the world visit Mexico each year. No trip to Mexico would be complete without visiting the famed Monterrey Bay. Considered by many to be the finest natural harbor on earth, Monterrey Bay offers magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The harbor is also host to one of the most popular international water sports in the world, as well as a plethora of local activities. The Mexico City beach, in particular, attracts thousands of visitors every summer. Another area that is a must-visit while in Mexico is Oaxaca. Formally known as the "Chinqui Indian Town," this bustling city is Mexico's oldest. This vibrant town is packed with charming bars, restaurants, shopping spots, bazaars, and cultural art museums. For travelers on a tight budget, Oaxaca delivers some incredible bargains. One can find excellent Mexican cuisine, authentic gifts and souvenirs at some of the small local markets, and bargain hunters will find that everything from local corn to fresh seafood is on sale. Destinations that are near or just as exciting as Monterrey and Oaxaca are Acapulco and Playa del Carmen. Acapulco is Mexico's party capital, a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. There are endless options for dining and entertainment, from high-end nightclubs to low-cost beachfront dining. During the day, the beaches are alive with activities, as families kayak, sail, snorkel, and scuba dive. At night, Acapulco's downtown district becomes an edgy, happening place filled with hip hop and jazz clubs. Just north of Acapulco is Mexico's second largest city, Oaxaca. Founded by the Spaniards in 1520, Oaxaca is a bustling, diverse country of beautiful, colorful towns and villages. Known for its incredible sand dunes and ancient Mayan ruins, Oaxaca is a must-see if you are going to Mexico or any other unesco world heritage site. The Maya Ruins in Oaxaca are worth visiting, as are the many art museums. The southernmost part of Mexico is Guanajulan, Mexico's oldest city. Once considered the most important port on earth, Guanajulan offers incredible food and shopping, as well as an historical treasure trove of Mayan relics. Travelers who go to Guanajulan also have the chance to enjoy a cruise along Mexico's Pacific Coast. Guanajulan is a popular Mexico travel guide destination. Two other Mexico travel guides, you might want to consider including the Yucatan and Merida region. The Yucatan region, located between Mexico City and Acapulco, is one of the most ancient areas of the world. It was the original home to the first civilizations of Mexico, including the Aztecs and the Spaniards. Many artifacts can be found throughout the region, as well as several spectacular pyramids. Merida is Mexico's second largest city, located on the western coast near Mexico's Pacific Ocean. Merida is also one of Mexico's most well-traveled destinations. It offers a beautiful coastline filled with pristine beaches, fabulous tourist sites, and some of the most pristine golf courses in Mexico. The peninsula is home to some of the most scenic beaches in Mexico and is often used as a surfing destination. A Mexico travel guide for the peninsula includes information about surfing, sand surfing, and day trips to nearby beaches, which may include stops at hotels, restaurants, and shops.