See allThe 10 Best Places to Go in Mexico

by , SmarterTravel Staff - February 21, 2010
Puerto Vallarta Guadalupe Parish

When we asked you for your favorite spots in Mexico, we were overwhelmed by your knowledge of and appreciation for the country and its people. Your responses were fantastic, including comments about everything from wonderful memories to best places to stay, eat, or drink.

We've created this list of Mexico's top spots based on the number of recommendations we received for each destination. You may have heard of many of these places, but it's different when you hear about them first-hand from your fellow travelers. Each of the top 10 destinations received more than one reader recommendation. We've also included a few honorable mentions at the end.

So, without further ado, let's go see why Mexico is one hot tamale of a vacation destination!

Editor's Note: Browse through our most recent photo galleries for more vacation ideas around the world. Plus, Best Things to Do on Mexico's East and West Coasts, 10 Secret Places in Mexico and 10 Best Places to Go in Florida.

Puerto Vallarta

Nestled among the Sierra Madre Mountains and providing more than 40 miles of coastline, Puerto Vallarta 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 readers claim this as their number one spot for a tropical getaway.

Reader ochogger said, "It has to be Puerto Vallarta!!!!! From the moment you land at the airport you are welcomed by some of the friendliest people on earth. The weather is perfect with an endless number of outdoor activities to stay busy having fun. Numerous spas and malls for those not interested in outdoor activities. It truly is heaven on earth."

Reader VisitNewport said, "The 'Juan & only' place I love is Puerto Vallarta. My heart was captured the first time I saw the color-filled sunsets illuminating over the Bay of Banderas. I have held adorable tiger cubs at the zoo; rode the seas in a panga to view a mother whale with her baby and having dolphin pods leaping alongside; afternoon stroll along the sea side Malecon leads to an evening filled with tempting sounds and smells of street vendors and restaurants to come eat, enjoy the live music of mariachi, blues, or 'tequila reggae.' The main square, a kaleidoscope of activity; children practicing their folklorico dances; mimes; couples salsa dancing; 'Flying Indians' spiral down a 40-foot pole. These are my 'rocking chair memories.'"

(Photo: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board & CVB)

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