Things to do in Cozumel
Cozumel, located south of Cancun and across Riviera Maya provides one of the most unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience in Mexico. Dubbed as one of the best diving destinations in the world, it has amazingly crystal clear waters and the worlds second largest barrier reef, the Palancar. Mexico vacations that include Cozumel afford you the opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Chichen Itza which is the capital of ancient Maya empire. You can find other rich archaeological sites like Coba that is hidden in the lush jungle forest and has an authentic Mayan community, Tulum which is a beautiful walled fortress believed to be a main port of the Mayans, the Mayan astronomical observatory Castillo Real and the well-preserved San Gervasio which is a site dedicated to Ixchel deity of midwifery, fertility, medicine and weaving. You will definitely need a lot of time at Cozumel with all these and more at Cozumel. Some other attractions for visitors are the water theme park Xel Ha, Xcaret which is called Natures Sacred Paradise, Chankanaab National Park, Playa Mia Grand Beach and the Punta Sur Ecological Park.
Surfing at Puerto Escondido
Worth including in your Mexico vacation itinerary is Puerto Escondido which is called as the Mexican Pipeline and is known as one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world. It hosts the Mexpipe Challenge in February and an international surf contest in November. Professional and amateur surfers will get a pick of the best waves they have. Beach lovers can also take a pick from many beaches in Puerto Escondido excluding the Playa Zicatel which has strong rip tides and the worlds most powerful waves that are even stronger than the famous Hawaii Banzai Pipeline. This surfing spot is limited to very experienced surfers only as even the most professional surfers have met accidents that have placed them in wheelchairs for life. One area that has fast and challenging waves is the Point. At the other end of the beach break is the Far Bar that has the most surfers since the water is deeper here compared to the other surfing spots and the break is quite far from the shore. Puerto Escondido is a must in the Mexico vacation itinerary of avid surfers.
Things to see in Mazatlan
Long stretches of beautiful palm-lined beaches are guaranteed to lure visitors to the Gold Coast of Mexico and the city of Mazatlan. Mazatlan is a very interesting marriage of history, culture and fun activities. In old Mazatlan, you can take a stroll in the citys second oldest plaza, Plazuela Machado and light a candle at the citys famed cathedral with its twin towers. A refreshing start or end of your day is a stroll along the malecon or promenade which is Mexicos most scenic walkway along the oceanfront lined with palm trees that connects the old part of Mazatlan with the vibrant zona dorada or resort area. There are countryside tours that include a visit to the villages of Concordia, Copala and Cosala on the Sierra Madre Mountains which has the finest hand-crafted furniture and ceramic and clay handicrafts. The known islands of Mazatlan, Isla de Chivos or Goat Island, Isla de Pajaros or Bird Island and Isla de Venados or Deer Island has fine sand beaches and should be included in your tour of Mazatlan. Mazatlan should be an important part of your Mexico vacation for that glimpse of Mexicos passion.
Swimming with the Dolphins in Mexico
Dolphins abound in the warm waters of Mexico and you get the chance to swim with them if you include this activity in your Mexico vacation. You get the chance to cavort with these friendly and gentle sea creatures in an environment that is safe and secure for both visitors and dolphins alike. There are several dolphin centers or dolphinariums throughout Mexico. Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cabo San Lucas and the Riviera Maya region are popular tourist destinations not only for their incredible waters but also for the swimming with the dolphins facilities. There is the Cabo Dolphin Center located in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, which is one of the worlds most exclusive dolphin centers. The Wet n Wild Aquatic Park has Altantida where the dolphins stay in an enclosed beach. The Delphinus is the biggest dolphinarium chain in the Mexican Caribbean and the Riviera Maya region with facilities at Xcaret, Xel-Ha and at the Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen. At all these dolphinariums, visitors can frolic and play or even kiss the dolphins in the waters while the dolphins swim and perform. Go for this dream come true experience and include this in your itinerary.