People tend to think that Mexico is a “Latin American” country – probably because the dominant language, Spanish, is spoken throughout Central and South America, and Mexico’s history is linked to the indigenous populations of the Mayans and Aztecs that also inhabited regions in Central America. But Mexico is technically considered part of North America, since it shares a long border with the United States and is physically distanced from South and Central America, connected only by the narrow Isthmus of Panama.
The proximity of Mexico to the United States makes it a favorite destination for Americans. It has the allure of a foreign country with a rich history much more ancient than our own. It has beautiful, sandy seashores on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, and a widely divergent landscape ranging from the Sierra Madre mountain range to the rainforests in the southeast to the huge Chihuahuan Desert. It has appeal for environmentalists, history buffs, those who enjoy art and architecture, adventure and pleasure seekers, foodies, and families looking for a place not too far from home where everyone can have a good time.
You can experience Mexico on a cruise, allowing you to visit more than one region. Cruise ships sail both the Gulf of Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. Another popular option is to book an all-inclusive resort which includes all meals and beverages (often in a variety of restaurants) with added amenities like free entertainment and access to gym and spa facilities. These resorts also have options for day trips to historical ruins, snorkeling and diving excursions, and fishing trips.
If you’re not a beach person, visiting historic Mexico City, Guanajuato, Merida, and Oaxaca will give you an appreciation for the rich culture of this diverse country and its people.
Once you’ve experienced a trip to our southern neighbor, you’ll want to return again and again.