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How to Plan a Beach Vacation to Mexico
There are many opportunities to enjoy a beach vacation in Mexico. You can enjoy the surf and sand on the Pacific side of the country, or head to the Gulf of Mexico. Resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen also access the Caribbean, and serve as popular cruise destinations. Plan a beach vacation to Mexico by doing some research, choosing a location you want to visit, making all necessary reservations and packing everything you will need, especially the sunscreen.
Talk to a travel agent.While many people now book their own vacations, a travel agent can help you plan the logistics and make the reservations. This is especially beneficial if you have never traveled to Mexico before.
Do some research.There are excellent resources on travel to Mexico and Mexican beaches online and in bookstores.
- Conduct an Internet search to find sites that advertise beaches, hotels, resorts and other recreation opportunities in Mexico.
- Look for travel books on Amazon.com or in your local bookstore. Reliable travel books include Fodor's, Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Rick Steves.
Compare travel times and costs from your home.
- Consider beaches on the Pacific side, such as Acapulco, Ixtapa or Los Cabos if you are traveling from the west coast.
- Choose resorts such as Cozumel and Cancun if you want to stay near the Gulf of Mexico or on the eastern side of the country.
Determine what you want to do on your beach vacation.You will probably want to go to the beach, but other interests might dictate where in Mexico you choose to travel.
- Select a tourist-friendly area such as Playa del Carmen or Cabo if you want a lot of nightlife and enough amenities at the hotel that you rarely have to leave the resort.
- Travel to a beach with less tourists and more history if you want. Tulum has celebrated beaches as well as access to Mayan ruins and nature preserves. Puerto Vallarta offers sightseeing, shopping and Los Arcos--a dramatic oceanside row of arches.
Consider a cruise if you want to enjoy several Mexican beach locations.Most cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess offer cruises with several stops at Mexican ports.
- Making Reservations for a Beach Vacation to Mexico
Set a budget.Decide how much you can spend on things such as airfare, lodging, food and entertainment.
Look for package deals.Many destinations offer deals that include airfare, hotel and sometime extras such as meals and transportation to and from the airport.
- Check for popular Mexican beach vacation packages with Westin Hotels, Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Oasis Hotels and Palace Resorts.
Compare prices online.If you decide to book airfare and hotel separately, check online travel sites such as Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Kayak and Orbitz for competitive air and hotel prices.
Make sure you have a passport if you are traveling from outside of Mexico.While Mexico only requires a picture ID to get into the country, the United States requires a passport for travel between the U.S. and Mexico.
Get confirmation numbers when you book, and ask to have receipts emailed to you.
- Remember to confirm your reservations before you leave for your trip.
Packing for a Beach Vacation to Mexico
Remember your important documents.Pack your passports, itinerary, confirmation and flight numbers and any directions you might need to your hotel.
Pack for warm weather.The climate at most Mexican beaches is hot and sunny most of the year.
- Include bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals, flip flops and hats. Most resorts are casual, and formal clothing is not needed.
Bring sunscreen, as well as any prescriptions and health and beauty products you may need.
- Pack enough for the duration of your stay, especially medications.
Leave your laptop, tablet and smart phone behind.This is a beach vacation, and you should take advantage of the time to relax and have some fun.
- Find out if gratuities and tips are included in the price of your vacation, if you booked a package deal. All inclusive resorts and cruises often do not include tips.
- Remember to be careful when you travel. On February 8, 2012, the United States government implemented a travel warning for people going to Mexico. Keep this in perspective. There is little danger at most of the beach resorts and the advisory is more focused on drug problems near the U.S. border. However, try not to go out alone, and keep your wallets, purses and bags close to you at all times.
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