Mexico Beach Weekend

From sportfishing to scuba diving in ancient Mayan cenotes, a weekend in Mexico has something for everyone.

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Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

  

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. 960 1280

  

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water 960 1280

  

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay. 960 1280

  

At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers. 960 1280

  

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach. 960 1280

  

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

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The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people. 960 1280

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

An aerial view of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic landmarks. The original crown was damaged in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City in 1995, but has since been replaced by new reinforced cement castings. 960 1280

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Villa

Villa

The view from a luxury Puerto Vallarta villa -- complete with an infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Iguana

Iguana

A local resident. 960 1280

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Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Men performing the 'Danza de los Voladores de Papantla' (the Dance of the Flyers), a pre-Hispanic ritual designed to appease the gods and prevent drought. During the ritual, men climb up a 50-foot pole, winding their ropes all the way around. When they reach the top, they jump off and spin around the pole back to the ground. 960 1280

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Flea market

Flea market

The colorful flea market of Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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The beach of the dead

The beach of the dead

La Playa de los Muertos (The Beach of the Dead). The section of the large Playa de los Muertos known as Blue Chairs is Puerto Vallarta's most popular gay beach. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Amphitheater

Los Arcos Amphitheater

The 4 stone arches at Los Arcos Amphitheater, an open-air theater that features nightly performances in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Watch the sun set over Banderas Bay. Plus, sample local food from the street vendors who congregate in the area. 960 1280

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Parasailing

Parasailing

Go parasailing at one of Puerto Vallarta's many beaches and get a bird's-eye view of Banderas Bay. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Walk along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta's oceanside boardwalk, and take a look at some of the many impressive sculptures. Pictured is Rafael Zamarripa's 'Caballero del Mar,' (the Seahorse). 960 1280

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ceviche

ceviche

Sample some local ceviche with tostadas. 960 1280

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Mismaloya cove

Mismaloya cove

The Mismaloya cove was the setting for the 1964 film 'Night of the Iguana,' starring Richard Burton. Puerto Vallarta became a popular tourist destination after the media extensively covered the romance between Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during filming. The pair later purchased a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park, located near Mismaloya in the Bay of Banderas, is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling and diving in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado, or grilled red snapper, a Puerto Vallarta specialty. 960 1280

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Bahía Concepción

Bahía Concepción

The Bahía Concepción coastline features over 50 miles of popular beaches especially for those staying in the nearby oasis town of Mulegé. 960 1280

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Tijuana

Tijuana

The westernmost city in Mexico, Tijuana is unsurprisingly the most visited border city on the planet. 960 1280

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Mission Loreto

Mission Loreto

Loreto was founded in 1697 and became the first Spanish mission on the Baja California Peninsula. Now mostly a tourist destination, it was once considered "head and mother of all Spanish missions" in California. 960 1280

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Bullfighting

Bullfighting

Whatever your feelings may be about bullfighting, nowhere is the tradition more alive than in Tijuana's Plaza de Toros. 960 1280

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo may be better known as a celebrity hot spot, but it is also distinguished by a rock formation called El Arco de Cabo San Lucas or Lands End. 960 1280

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Playa Los Cerritos

Playa Los Cerritos

If you ask around, you'll hear there's no better place to take in the surf or sunset in Baja than Los Cerritos. 960 1280

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Magdalena Bay

Magdalena Bay

One of the major draws to Mexico's Baja peninsula is the sight of gray whales migrating through protected bays and lagoons like this one. 960 1280

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Cave Paintings

Cave Paintings

These primitive paintings in central Baja are the only art of their kind in North America. It's a tough journey to get to them, but well worth it to see one of Baja's treasures. 960 1280

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Ensenada

Ensenada

It's easy to see why this coastal city has earned the local nickname "La Cenicienta del Pacifico" or "The Cinderella of the Pacific." 960 1280

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Shrimp Tostada

Shrimp Tostada

In between all the margaritas and tacos you can consume, try to make room for another Baja delicacy: seafood tostadas. 960 1280

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