Beach Resorts and Places for Relaxation
Acapulco has some of Mexico’s most famous resorts. There are hotels to fit every budget but reservations are necessary if you plan to go over a long weekend. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
Bahías de Huatulco
Bahías de Huatulco offers some of the newer resorts on the Pacific Coast, located in the state of Oaxaca and known for its numerous bays. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
Cancún is a resort-city located on the Yucatán Peninsula famous for its beaches and blue Caribbean water. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
Cozumel is an island located off the Yucatán Peninsula famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is accessible via plane or boat.
Playa del Carmen and Tulúm
These beaches are south of Cancun and offer more rustic accommodations in a smaller, less commercial environment.
Isla Mujeres is a small island located off the Yucatán Peninsula near Cancún. It is accessible via boat from Cancún.
Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo
Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo is a resort-town located 374 km north of Acapulco, which is not as crowded as Acapulco. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
Manzanillo is a resort-town located in the state of Colima. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
Puerto Vallarta / Nuevo Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta / Nuevo Vallarta offers spectacular beach resorts on the Pacific Coast, in the state of Jalisco. It is accessible via plane, car or bus.
One-Day Trips or Weekend Trips
Cuautla is near Cuernavaca and has several hotels with swimming pools filled with thermal water.
Las Estacas is a rustic area in the state of Morelos, perfect for a picnic and relaxing. One may swim in the clear waters of a natural stream.
Oaxtepec is a large vacation complex run by the Mexican Social Security, all American School staff members are entitled to spend the day by paying a small fee and showing their official card from Mexican Social Security. It is accessible via car or bus. Buses leave regularly for Oaxtepec from the southern bus terminal in Mexico City.
Valle de Bravo
The town of Valle de Bravo is on the edge of a lake in the state of Mexico. All sorts of water sports are available on the lake. There is also a pottery market on Sundays. It is accessible via car or bus. It is also easy to travel from valle to see the monarch butterflies that migrate to the state of Michoacán every year.
Ixtapan de la Sal
Ixtapan is famous for its thermal springs. There are many hotels where one may go to swim or relax in the warm waters. It is accessible via bus or cars.
Tehuacán is famous all over Mexico, as this mineral water is sold in every store and restaurant. It has several excellent hotels. Tehuacán is in the state of Puebla. It is a five or six hour ride via car or bus from Mexico City.