Tourist Attractions in Mexico
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With beautiful beaches along both the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf Coast, Mexico is a top package vacation destination for North Americans and travelers all over the world. However, the country has all kinds of attractions, from colonial cities to ancient Mayan ruins, for those who take the time to explore.
Along the Gulf of Mexico are the resorts cities of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and the offshore island of Cozumel. The stretch north of Cancun, known as the Mayan Riviera, has gained much recognition over the past number of years. Top end resorts and interesting towns provide the basis for tourism in this area. The ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum are some of the top sights. Visitors can also visit enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling in cenotes, or swimming with dolphins.
The Pacific Coast boasts a number of tourist friendly destinations, including Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Mazatlan, among others. These places have long been favorites, and offer lovely beaches, countless hotels, and a lovely setting. At the tip of the Baja Peninsula is the seaside resort of Cabos San Lucas, a once small town that has grown to accommodate the tourist trade. Luxury resorts, watersports, shops, and restaurants are all part of the attraction.
While the coastal resorts are the main tourist attractions, there are also many interesting inland cities with rich histories, lovely architecture, and strong cultural traditions. Mexico City, for one, has a wealth of sightseeing possibilities. Some of the architectural highlights, such as the Basilica of Guadelupe, the National Palace, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, display the grandeur of earlier ages. Cultural institutions worth visiting for those who have time might consist of the Museo Nacional de Arte, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the Museo Franz Mayer. Also of note is the Palace of Fine Arts housed in a Nouveau and Art Deco building.
Other cities of interest in Mexico include Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum, known the picture perfect Mayan ruins which grace the seaside, and the port city of Manzanillo, with a variety of beaches. These are just some of the most traveled to destinations but there are many other smaller towns, and relatively undisturbed archeological attractions to see throughout the country.