Though historically and culturally rich, Veracruz is not comparably as popular Mexico vacation choice as other more popular resort areas but it has slowly reinvented itself to becoming one. Ideal for day or night strolling is the main plaza called the Plaza de las Armas. There is alot of old architecture in Veracruz such as the baroque architecture Municipal Palace and the neo-classic Virgin de la Asuncion cathedral that were both built in the 17th century. Other interesting old buildings are Pemex Tower that used to be an old lighthouse, the Crafts Market, the Old Customs Building, the Postal and Telegraph Building, the City Registry Building and the Juarez Hemicycle Monument. The island where the historical Fort San Juan de Ulua is located is now connected to the mainland. The malecon or the boardwalk has pathways and trails for daytime or nighttime strolling and exercise. One of the newer developments is the Veracruz Aquarium which is the biggest in Latin America. Not too far away is the day when Veracruz will be a primary destination in your Mexico vacation itinerary.
The Wonders of Mazatlan
Experience the real Mexico vacation with a trip to Mazatlan located on the Mexican Gold Coast that boasts of long beach stretches lined with palm trees. Mazatlan is a very interesting marriage of history, culture and fun activities. The citys second oldest plaza, Plazuela Machado is in Old Mazatlan where the famed twin-towered cathedral is also located. Take a walk down Mexicos most beautiful walkway, the malecon (promenade) with its palm-lined oceanfront connecting Old Mazatlan with zona dorada or resort area. Those who want to see or buy handcrafted furniture, ceramic and clay handicrafts are better off going on a countryside tour to the villages of Concordia, Copala and Cosala on the Sierra Madre Mountains. Include a tour of Mazatlans trademark islands, Isla de Chivos (Goat Island), Isla de Pajaros (Bird Island) and Isla de Venados (Deer Island) with fine sand beaches. Mazatlan should be an important part of your Mexico vacation for that glimpse of Mexicos passion.
The Gray Whales of Mexico
One can never quite describe the awe and wonder you feel at seeing whales frolicking in their natural habitat after your anticipation have built up while scanning the waters looking for these graceful mammals. The gray whales leave the winter waters of Northern Bering and go to the Sea of Cortez every year during fall to give birth and feast on the bountiful food in the tropical waters of the Pacific. Magdalena Bay just a little off the coast of Los Cabos is the best place to go whale watching for the mothers and their young. The best place to go to is Los Cabos than any other place in Baja or even the famous San Ignacio as there is a better chance of sighting the whales there especially during the last week of December to the last week of March. Strict guidelines are followed during whale watching tours so that the whales are protected. Be a part of this tradition and include this memorable activity in your Mexico vacations itinerary.
The Surfing Waves of Escondido
Puerto Escondido or the Mexican Pipeline is popularly considered as one of the top ten surfing areas in the world. November is the month when an international surf contest is held while February is for the Mexpipe Challenge. All types of surfers will get the best wave choices. Beach lovers can also take a pick from many beaches in Puerto Escondido excluding the Playa Zicatel which has strong rip tides and the worlds most powerful waves that are even stronger than the famous Hawaii Banzai Pipeline. Even the most professional surfers have suffered accidents here so extreme caution is required for even the very experienced surfers. One area that has fast and challenging waves is the Point. The Far Bar at the end of the beach break is another surfing area with the most surfers since the waters there is deeper than other areas and the waves break further from the shore. Puerto Escondido is a must in the Mexico vacation itinerary of avid surfers.