The 15 Best Places to Visit in Mexico

This stretch of the Caribbean coast along the Yucatán Peninsula is one of the most concentrated tourist destinations in the country. Beginning south of Cancun and stretching to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Tulum, the area offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, from hidden limestone cenotes or freshwater pools to hidden ruins like Coba , a site with the tallest temple in the region and the oldest network of stone causeways in the Mayan world. Some of the best resort stays in the area include Stereoa forty-room luxury hotel set along a protected stretch of white-sand shoreline, and Palmaia, a secluded sanctuary located south of Playa del Carman, renowned for its plant-based cuisine and jungle spa. Further south in Tulum, the best stays include the private and relaxed Olas Tuluman all-suite property, and Sanaraa wellness-focused property with the plant-focused kitchen, Real Coconut.

Guadalajara

Agave fields in Guadalajara.Photo: Getty Images

Not only is Guadalajara the land where mariachi music is popular, but it is also the undisputed origin of the Mexican. charros, or cowboy. This is where tequila became Tequila, and it is even the region that produced Luis Barragán, revered as the pioneer of modern Mexican architecture. Although steeped in tradition, today Guadalajara is increasingly known for its trendy cafes, upscale restaurants and craft breweries. Settle into the original boutique in town, Casa Habita, a 37-room hotel with a rooftop swimming pool. From there it is easy to get to restaurants like Xokol for an upscale presentation of traditional corn dishes like tacos and tlacoyos and The Terrible John, an all-day cafe and beer bar. And don’t leave the city without visiting the lienzoor arena, of the Charros of Jalisco, to see a classic charreriaa rode-style competition that is also the country’s national sport

Riviera Nayarite

An oceanfront villa at One&Only Mandarina.

Photo: Rupert Peace