If you’ve been experiencing a winter like we have here in Wisconsin, your cabin fever is likely running rampant about now. You’re not alone. There’s plenty of it around here too. Just ask a couple of my lucky co-workers who shake the flakes off their boots every year around this time and head south of the border to soak up the sunshine. Mexico has always been a popular getaway with its robust culture, beautiful beaches and tasty cuisine. But where to go? Terri has vacationed there the past 7 years, picking a new destination every time while Playa del Carmen is Morris’ annual choice. However, reasons for visiting Mexico aren’t all for play. Holly traveled to Costa Careyes last November to direct our Spring 2014 swim photo shoot. (Tough job, huh?) Check out a few of these Lands’ Enders’ favorite places as well as some renowned hotspots.
Costa Careyes – Located on the coast between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, its stunning views and glamorous architecture made the perfect backdrop for our recent swim photo shoot. It offers plenty to do on land or sea from taking in a polo match to scuba diving. Nature lovers can enjoy birdwatching, hiking or helping collect sea turtle eggs as part of the turtle protection program.
Puerto Vallarta – On the Pacific Ocean with more than 40 miles of coastline, you’re sure to find your ideal beach, whether you prefer to just kick back and relax or seek adventure with extreme water sports. Whale watching tours, which run from December-March, offer a one-of-a-kind view of these unique creatures. This quaint city, with a backdrop of mountains, is full of history, yet also has a modern flair. And its growing number of galleries and cultural festivals continues to attract art lovers from all over the world.
Sayulita – Just 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, this small village has become a popular “off-the-beaten-path” destination, offering visitors a taste of rural Mexico. With its reputation as a famous surf town, it’s a surfing thrill for all levels, beginner or pro. And it offers exciting land adventures too, including jungle hikes, horseback riding and ATV tours. The spectacular scenery also won us over as a perfect place for part of our recent swim photo shoot.
Cozumel – Known the world over for its crystal-clear waters, it is home to the Mesoamerican Reef (the largest reef system in the Americas). Truly a diver’s dream, many travel here to explore the incredible marine life. But the city is also deeply routed in Mayan culture, where religious pilgrimages took place as many women came to pay homage to the fertility goddess, Ixchel.
Playa del Carmen – Located in eastern Mexico, along the Caribbean Sea. Originally a small fishing town, the community has worked hard to preserve its charm and small town atmosphere. They close off a long stretch of street next to the beach where visitors can experience the true culture from the food to music to shopping. And miles of beautiful beachfront invites a daily stroll.
Tulum – History buffs can explore one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans and one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan sites. The Tulum Ruins house three major structures and a picturesque view of the Caribbean. The town itself is relatively small, offering visitors total relaxation and seclusion, yet you can still fill your day with many interesting activities.
All you need to do now is book the tickets. We’ll help fill your suitcase with everything from shorts to sandals, tanks to towels. And what a great chance to debut your fabulous new swimsuit!
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