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For both of us, early trips to Mexico when we were children were transformative experiences. We both remember the poverty and nearly third-world status of our neighbors to the south. Those days are long gone. By nearly every economic measure, Mexico is a middle-class country. There’s still a disparity and our dollars go further, but Mexico has changed…for the better.

In recent years, we’ve fallen in love with this beautiful country; it’s proud, hard-working people; and the food…the food we love above all others. From scuba diving in Cozumel to the beaches of Riviera Maya, this is one of our favorite places on the planet to visit! But there’s so many other things to do here: swimming in cenotes, zip-lining in the forest canopy, whale-watching in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, hiking in the mountains, and wandering the narrow lanes of local markets in nearly every town you visit. Here are some of our favorite experiences in Mexico.

Snorkeling and Whales in Cabo San Lucas

The Arch at Cabo

“Stay in the shallow water and watch out for sharks on the far side of the reef,” the boat captain warned us. Yet, the twinkle in his eye told us that he was just playing us. There were no sharks here. Yet, as it turns out, there was danger in the water. We’d come to

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Soaking Up the Sun in Puerto Vallarta

Sand Sculpture in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unlike some Mexican resort cities, Puerto Vallarta was a town long before the tourists began arriving in the 1950s, so there is history to see here. We stopped here on a recent Holland America cruise and spent a full day enjoying the quaint hills and beautiful sandy beaches. For lunch we ate at Viejo Vallarta,

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Drinking Margaritas in Bucerias

The Beach in Bucerias, Mexico

The small town of Bucerías in the Mexican state of Nayarit is a quiet place to go and get away from it all.  On a recent Holland America cruise into Puerto Vallarta, we hired a taxi and made the 40 minute trip up to this wonderful little village. Let’s be clear about one thing –

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