Jul 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Safe Travel in Mexico

I have been to Mexico several times and loved each trip.  There are so many places that are safe, have a plethora of things to see and do and stand out from the rest of the other major cities in the country such as Mexico City. Many are along the water’s edge and have fantastic beaches.  Others are full of history and culture and have great shopping areas.  Seniors who have been there tell their friends about favorite spots and below are a some of the top-rate places they have chosen in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta & Isla Mujeres

One that stands out in my memory is Puerto Vallarta. I just loved all those cobble stone streets and that famous church with the neat crowned tower. Nestled among the Sierra Madre Mountains and providing more than 40 miles of coastline, the city offers a plethora of outdoor activities set against a scenic backdrop. Plus, the city is a cultural mecca for art, cuisine, and music, which is why it’s not surprising so many seniors claim this as their number one spot for a tropical getaway.

Another great stay with a group of students was on Isla Mujeres. Located just a short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of hip and happening Cancun, Isla Mujeres couldn’t feel farther away. The small island is a favorite among readers for its historic charm and laid-back atmosphere. Plus, there are plenty of places to shop, eat, drink, or take a siesta. It’s called ‘the isle of women’ and has a romantic tale about a pirate who fell in love with a local woman and loved her [for] his entire life.

Oaxaca & Tulum

Oaxaca is one city that I have not visited, but I hear many good things about the city from seniors who pick it as one of their favorites in all of Mexico. Located in southeastern Mexico, Oaxaca has become a top spot for food lovers, history buffs, and cultural enthusiasts. My niece and her husband spend several weeks in Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca) every winter and love it. The area provides mountains, beaches, caverns, jungles, and architectural gems for visitors to explore and enjoy. Senior travelers believe Oaxaca is a true embodiment of the essence of the country.

Tulum was fun to walk around as it is located right on the Caribbean. Tulum is most often thought of as only the archeological ruins, which have made it famous, but it also offers endless beaches, a wildlife reserve, craft markets, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Tulum has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and we saw dozens of folks enjoying the beach. From Tulum, you can take day trips to the ruins in Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza, or visit the colonial town of Valladolid.

Cozumel & Cabo

Known the world over for its crystal-clear waters and coral reef, Cozumel boasts a plethora of water sports, including snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, deep-sea fishing, and diving, in a pristine setting. Seniors flock to this tropical locale to feel the wind in their faces and taste the salt of the ocean just as many cruise lines choose this site for a stop.

I was at Cabo San Lucas for my father-in-law’s 85th birthday celebration with a host of relatives. Though many may equate Cabo San Lucas as a party haven, the area offers a great deal more than tequila shooters and all night dancing. Senior visitors love its food, fishing, outdoor sports, and beaches, as well as the occasional margarita. Los Cabos, located on the tip of Baja California, Mexico, has year round warm weather, the world’s best fishing, world class golf, and beautiful white sand beaches that are perfect for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, or just relaxing. Local activities include horseback riding, hiking, boating, and sightseeing.

A Few More Senior Favorites

Those listed above are super vacation sites, but there always seem to be more favorites by those who have been there. Manzanillo,  Mazatlan, and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo are additional musts that experienced senior visitors selected as their favorites and are on the top of their listing. Ixtapa is the newer resort area and Zihuatanejo is the older ‘real Mexico’ town. Check them out as well.  Akukmal, translated as the “place of the turtle” in the Mayan language, is an ideal location to reconvene with nature, especially of the aquatic persuasion and is near the top of favorites as well.  Mexican beaches always rate high with senior vacationers. Adios and have fun in Mexico! jeb

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