Map of Mexico - Mapa de Mexico
Legend and List of Mexican States
Aguascalientes --- 13 Baja California Norte --- 1 Baja California Sur --- 2 Campeche --- 30
Chiapas --- 28 Chihuahua --- 4 Coahuila --- 5 Colima --- 18 Distrito Federal (Mexico City) --- 21
Morelos --- 23 Durango --- 9 Guanajuato --- 15 Guerrero --- 22 Hidalgo --- 17 Jalisco --- 14
Estado de Mexico --- 20 Michoacan --- 19 Nayarit --- 12 Nuevo Leon --- 6 Oaxaca --- 27
Puebla --- 25 Queretaro --- 16 Quintana Roo --- 32 San Luis Potosi --- 11 Sinaloa --- 8
Sonora --- 3 Tabasco --- 29 Tamaulipas --- 7 Tlaxcala --- 24 Veracruz --- 26 Yucatan --- 31
Zacatecas --- 10
Mexico is a unique country that provides a wide variety of places to visit, tour and live. From gorgeous sundrenched beaches, to tropical jungles, to big city sophistication and a wide variety of business opportunities, Mexico has it all.
Sun, Surf, and Sand Destinations
Acapulco, State of Guerrero
Famous for sun, beaches, beautiful bay. Good boat marina. Good night life in town. Las Brisas is still fabulous after all these years and has incredible service along with beautiful views.
Cabo San Lucas, State of Baja
What can we say about Cabo that hasn't been said before? It is beautiful, white sandy beaches-some of the best on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, incredible water. An arid desert climate that meets the azure seas and sunny days most of the year make this a popular destination. It's gotten quite pricey and touristy from when we first visited in 1984, but if you like the water and beaches then Cabo is for you. Great deep sea fishing, perfect water temperatures. World class resorts, wonderful golf courses, great food, friendly people, great beaches - all the ingredients for the perfect vacation.
Cancun, State of Quintana Roo
Caribbean water - blue, crystal clear, white sandy beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula. Put that together with it's proximately to the historic and cultural center of the Mayans, and the ecological park at Xcaret and you have something for everyone. We highly recommend you visit the www.cancun.com website for more information, there you'll find everything you need to know about getting to Cancun, what to see, where you can stay, things to do, etc.
Ixtapa (next door to Zihuatenjo),State of
Sun and beaches in a more commerically developed manner, higher prices than Zihuatenejo but lots more hotels - take the short 5 min. bus ride to Zihuatenejo! Take the boat trip out for snorkeling around Isla Grande, a nice change of pace.
La Paz, State of Baja California Sur
While not a big tourist destination, La Paz offers the uncomparable Sea Of Cortez that so many people miss. For the more adventurous La Paz is the kick off spot. Day trips out to the islands of Isla Partida and Espiritu Santu are highly recommended. Incredibly beautiful water, snorkling and sea life wait to reward those who make the effort to take the short trip. Islote right off the islands is the home to many sealions. Other's can kayak from island to island, or rent a sail boat with or without a captain for the best experience of all. Day sail into some of the most scenic coves one could ever hope to visit, well protected and some only 10 minutes apart. Great fishing abounds with dorado, sierra, wahoo, tuna at different times of the year. Super fishing guides can be bought throughout La Paz along with great fishing equipment, and dive equipment. Experienced guides are available for hire and day dive trips take you to incredible dive spots. For the water minded this is the starting spot for you, isolated beaches, uninhabited islands, a diver's and sailors paradise.
Manzanillo, State of Colima
Home of the famous Las Hadas Hotel, a smaller than Acapulco tourist area. Manzanillo has a large industrial port on a big bay. There are actually 2 bays (the other bay is Santiago Bay) back to back with the main hotel section with Las Hadas, the Karmina Place, the Radisson and a few other beautiful smaller hotels sitting on a hilly peninsula dividing the two bays. Spectacular views, a comfortable water temperature and a friendly, relaxing Mexican atmosphere make this a wonderful destination. A short drive inland to the towns of Colima and Comala takes you to an active Volcano park, fascinating and the state's capitol. Drive North to take in gorgeous Tenacatita Bay or play the incomparable golf course at Tamarindo (like golfing through the jungle on one side and the specatacular Pacific Ocean on the other side and thru the wild bird sanctuary - breathtaking). Manzanillo has 3 golf courses nearby, and lots of water sports (including deep sea fishing). Wherever you are staying, do take a visit to Las Hadas, it's truly a unique and still lovely and welcoming as ever in a jewel of a setting.
Mazatlan, State of Sinaloa
A very busy city, and the heart of the shrimping industry on Mexico's Pacific coast (be sure to enjoy some shrimp!). Mazatlan has a nice bay and is a mecca for national tourists. A small but terrific aquarium houses an widely representative collection sampling of the sea life found off it's shores and in the Sea of Cortez. The coral collection is especially fascinating. The historic center of town has been renovated including it's charming opera house. The El Cid Marina and Marina Mazatlan are both excellent places for boaters with lots of services offered. The El Cid Hotel has a golf course for the golf minded. The taxi cab's are open air and lots of fun. The locals are friendly and helpful making this an enjoyable spot with a truly Mexican flavor.
Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco
Where the jungle meets the sea, on a huge bay (Banderas Bay - the largest in Mexico and one of the largest in the world) voted one of the most beautiful bays in the world. On the south side of the bay is a lush, green tropical rainforest with waterfalls, rivers, jungle with exotic birds, animals and vegetation, on the north side of the bay is an arid more desert climate with long stretches of sandy beach. Puerto Vallarta sits around the middle of the bay and enjoys the diversity of climate. Tons of activities from just sun bathing to horseback riding, deep sea fishing, hiking, riding up an estuary to see the crocodiles and wild birds, world class golf on Jack Nicklaus new Punta De Mita golf course at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mexican cooking classes, art classes, so much to see and do that your vacation will seem way to short.
Zihuatenejo (next to Ixtapa), State of
Sun + beaches on a jewel of a small bay in a more kick back and local flavor way. Don't miss going out to visit Los Gatos beach by boat, good snorkeling and a kick back atmosphere. Pretty La Ropa beach with white sand and good local restaurants. Visit the local market "mercado" especially on fresh vegetable and fruit day, take your camera - its a fiesta for the eyes. If you're not staying at Casa Que Canta on the hill, make a dinner reservation in time to see the sunset, fabulous. Normally only guests of the hotel are allowed on the property but if you have dinner reservations you are welcomed - worth the trip, but in the daylight to appreciate the gorgeous view. A very small area, but one of our favorites.
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