As spring continues to bloom, trees are getting greener and the skies, bluer. What better way to bask in the mild temperatures of Spring on the weekend, than with a few margaritas on the waters of Mexico—after all, it is Cinco de Mayo. No need to hire a trip advisor or vacation planner for your weekend Mexican-inspired getaway, we’ve got you covered—from coast to coast, starting on the east coast with the alluring island, Cozumel.
While the majority of Mexico’s coastal cities offer remarkable opportunities for snorkeling and diving, the best of them all is none other than Cozumel. Located near the southernmost tip of Mexico, May happens to fall right in the middle of the best time of the year to visit the city—from March through June. Noted as one of the best places in the world to dive, Cozumel has something to offer for everyone. With crystal blue, warm waters that offer incredible underwater visibility, especially along the diverse reef system; Cozumel is a destination unparalleled in wonder.
Out of the many things to do on the beautiful island, the one attraction that stands out above the rest is the outdoor Chankanaab National Park. From diving and snorkeling tours to dolphin encounters, it’s a relaxing beach resort fit with its very own tequila factory. At only $20 for adults and $14 for kids, it’s perfect for families and groups. Oh—and did we mention they make their own Mexican tequila? As the Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffet once said, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”—just don’t drink the worm!
Not impressed by any of the above? A few miles north, in San Miguel, lies another hidden gem—Stingray Beach. Up close and personal is an understatement at this facility. Providing the same interactive experience as scuba diving, sans the expenses, Stingray Beach gives visitors the chance to swim amongst the majestic creatures, whose barbs have been clipped. Can’t swim? No worries! Stingray beach also allows you to meet, hold and feed their ‘rays who’ve been trained and condition to meet and interact with humans.
Still unimpressed?! Or simply looking to spend as little money as possible during your weekend excursion? Travel just 13 miles south of San Miguel, you’ll find yourself at Palancar Beach, known for its watersports. From kayaking, to snorkeling, sailing and diving, no on-the-water activity is missed! In fact, the best all-around beach spot offers a diving location for all skill levels, just off-shore—Palancar Reef (you’ve gotta be impressed, now!)
From swimming along the shallow reefs to snorkeling with the aquatic life, Cozumel is an island you won’t want to leave and a weekend getaway you’ll never forget. Before you rush off to start booking your trip to Cozumel, we’ve got another coastal city in Mexico for our west coast readers—Loreto, Baja California Sur!
Loreto, Baja California Sur
Now, we know what you’re probably thinking… “Loreto? What about Cabo?!” Cabo is breathtaking, we’d be fools to think otherwise, but Cabo is stunning virtually all year long, whereas Loreto offers a little surprise to guests specifically in the springtime.
At first glance, the waters are just as clear and blue like the rest of Mexico’s coastal cities. But look again, sit and watch. Its spring, and the whales are migrating from Alaska’s cold waters! Located just off the shores in San Ignacio Lagoon, visitors can get right next to the migrating whales via boat, so close you can touch them. Literally, just reach out, you might get a little whale kiss.
Too otherworldly and close for comfort, Loreto offers whale watching from afar, right on the sand. Along with pelicans, osprey’s building their nests, and schools or pods of dolphins swimming just ten feet away.
Haven’t gotten enough of Loreto’s natural beauty? Jump in a kayak and enjoy one of the many eco tours the city has to offer. Loreto Coastal Expeditions offers a Glass Bottom Boat excursion that travels around the Danzante Island—it’s as close to walking on water you’re gonna get.
If you aren’t worn-out from the wildlife water activities, Loreto will have you exhausting all remaining energy on the endless watersport options. From canoeing in Marina Park Bahia de Loreto, “A coastal park littered with cacti and clear blue waters,” to hiking along the coastline on the Las Parras trail—Loreto will keep you entranced by its beauty and endless activities (you think of it, they have it).
Need more to do? No problem! A quick travel to Malecon Beach offers even more Mexican splendor. Packed with fishing tours, sunbathing sea lions, and red volcanoes lining the horizon; Loreto truly is nature’s wonder. Good luck packing it all into a weekend, this trip just might have to be extended!
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