When you begin to crave an exotic vacation, there is no better place to head to than Mexico. Whether you want to relax on Mexico’s most tropical beach, or explore the country’s culinary capital, here is our list of some of the most exotic locales in Mexico.
The Marieta Islands
The Marieta Islands are a group of small, uninhabited, volcanic islands, located about twenty miles from Puerto Vallarta. These islands are truly a natural treasure, and, in 2008, were given the status of being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Marieta Islands have recently become much more popular, due to photos spreading online of its Hidden Beach. This exotic beach paradise lies beneath a hole in the ground, which was created when the military was using that area for bombing practice. The Hidden Beach can only be accessed via a short underwater tunnel that has been carved out naturally by the sea, and it is definitely a spot we would recommend you visit if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind beach. The water around the islands is not only crystal clear, but also relatively calm, making it a great spot for a touch of snorkeling or kayaking, giving you the opportunity to experience this underwater wonderland.
Not only is Oaxaca known as Mexico’s most exotic state, but it is also known as the culinary capital of the country. Packed with gold-encrusted Baroque churches, magical festivals, streets lined with colorful produce and handicrafts, and some of the tastiest food in the world, this is the city to visit if you want an exotic taste of authentic Mexico. Oaxaca is also famous for its extravagant festivals, many of which attract visitors from all over the world. The biggest festival is on November 2nd, for Day of the Dead, but there are plenty of others held throughout the year, so it may be worth coinciding your visit with one of these. We highly recommend visiting some of Oaxaca’s bustling markets while you are here, which sell everything from flowers to live animals to traditional clothing.
Riviera Nayarit is a 200 mile long stretch of coastline along Mexico’s Pacific coast, and is full of authentic beach towns, colonial history and incredible natural beauty. Those who want to soak up a retro-Mexican vibe should visit Sayulita, with its emerging surf scene and laid-back atmosphere, while those who want to be pampered should head to the luxurious Punta Mita. Nature lovers should check out the La Tovara National Park in San Blas, while we would recommend Nuevo Vallarta if you are looking for amenities catered to tourists. Riviera Nayarit is quite diverse, meaning that it caters to a wide variety of travelers, no matter what your budget may be.
Mexico is full of exotic locales, from the colorful city of Oaxaca to the beach towns on the Pacific Coast. While the places that we have mentioned may be some of our favorites, there are numerous other exotic destinations in Mexico that are also worth visiting, so take the time to see as much as you possibly can the next time you are in this wonderfully exotic country.