We’re turning our destination spotlight south of the border for this post, to a place where endless sun and distinct cultures reign supreme—Mexico. Though there is seemingly no end of places to visit in Mexico, the nation has established itself as a one-stop solution for those seeking some respite in year-round warm temperatures. When it comes to vacation ownership, timeshares in Mexico are among the most sought-after and the most readily available on the resale and rental markets, providing vacationers with no shortage of high-quality, luxurious accommodations.
However, despite all major destinations in Mexico offering plenty of surf, seafood, and chances to explore, there’s an underlying debate as to where specifically one should travel. We’ve broken it down into three options—the Yucatan, Baja, and the West Coast—each area offering its own unique destinations and cultures that offer what’s likely to be an incredible vacation experience.
So, which one is the best? We’ll let you decide!
Come for the beaches, the parties, and the history.
Bordering the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, the Yucatan Peninsula offers the quintessential tropical retreat. All those images that come to mind when thinking of the tropics—the frosty cocktail, waving palms, and gentle surf—that is the Yucatan Peninsula, in short.
The crown jewel of this area of Mexico is Cancun. A stretch of barrier islands jutting out into the sea, this city has long been a spring break favorite and, in the process, has become one of the best Mexico destinations one can find. The city’s Zona Hotelera is filled with luxury beachfront properties, pulsing nightclubs, astounding cuisine, and ample opportunities to stretch out on a patch of white sand under a cloudless sky.
Further to the south, as you travel down the region known as Riviera Maya, you’ll find other Yucatan locations offer a world of excitement all in their own. Playa del Carmen is a quieter version of Cancun, while Cozumel offers an island retreat much akin to Caribbean destinations. But don’t spend all your time on the water—the inland areas of the Yucatan are covered in dense jungle, dotted with ancient Mayan sites that are perfect for some outdoor exploration.
Top resorts in the Yucatan include:
Come for the sunshine, the watersports, and the outdoors
Jutting into the Pacific Ocean southward from California, the Baja Peninsula has long been a favorite respite for those chasing warm weather. Unlike its sister peninsula in the east, the Yucatan, the Baja Peninsula ranges 775 miles in a long, thin line of copper-colored hills and golden beaches. As opposed to the lush forests and humid heat that’s characteristic of Mexico’s eastern coast, Baja proudly sports a dry-air atmosphere that many find more comfortable.
Of course, the first destination for those heading to Baja is Los Cabos, the region that’s home to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. While swimmable beaches are in rare supply along the southern end of the Baja peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is still home to a variety of restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, and live entertainment venues to rival Cancun. In Baja, the water is the main attraction—whale watching cruises and other watersports are readily available, while further north in quieter San Jose del Cabo, more leisurely activities like golf and hiking are preferable. In short, if you want a destination that’s going to be comfortable, social, and that boasts more than 300 sunny days each year, Baja is for you.
Top resorts in Baja include:
Come for the quiet, the classic, and the relaxation
In the shadow of the Baja Peninsula along Mexico’s mainland is the West Coast, a long coastline filled with major tourist hubs and quaint fishing villages alike. A delightful mix of old and new is on display along the country’s West Coast—classic vacation destinations like Acapulco have been entertaining travelers for generations, while newcomers to the vacation scene like Nuevo Vallarta are gaining steam.
Many of the destinations along the West Coast are a far cry from the parties and revelries of Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are sleepy towns that once doubled as major fishing hubs, still offering a low-key, authentic Mexican vacation experience. However, further north, the area quickly becoming known as the Riviera Nayarit is one of the best places to visit in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is replete with splendid beaches perfect for swimming, peaceful golf courses, and a budding hotel district that welcomes foodies and beach bums alike. However, don’t pass up sites like Acapulco—the city’s reputation for being a hideaway among celebrities and royalty of yesteryear carries into the 21st Century, with classic attractions like the cliff divers at La Quebrada and the historical sites of Old Acapulco still entertaining travelers today.
Top resorts along the West Coast include:
Among the multitude of timeshares in Mexico, you’re sure to find a resort and a specific destination that is catered to you. Whether you prefer the Caribbean feel of the Yucatan, the comfortable air of Baja, or the hideaways along the West Coast, you’ll have the warm-weather getaway of your dreams each year with a Mexico timeshare. Browse available timeshare resales in Mexico today, or consider renting a Mexico timeshare for a low-cost, luxurious one-time solution!