On the Road: Beach Resorts Near Mexico City

Photo: Alejandro Cabrera, CC-BY-2.0

I’m planning a road trip. And what better place to go than┬áMexico City — one of the most dynamic cities in the world; it is the largest city and capital in Mexico.

There’s a ton of stuff to do and it’s a great escape from the high altitude around here. A change of scenery from mountains to beaches can be good. Here’s a little history about a nice little resort town I plan to visit this winter.

Many of the Gulf coast beaches are about a 5 to 6 hour drive from Mexico City. Of course, if you fly from to a resort city such as Acapulco, you’ll be there pretty quick.

Speaking of Acapulco

Did you know that Acapulco is one of Mexico’s first resorts on the beach?

It first became popular in the 1920s among the high-faultin’ Mexicans when Acapulco and Mexico City were linked by a road.

It’s popularity increased in the 1950s when Hollywood celebrities flocked to the resort destination.

Twenty years later, Acapulco suffered. New resorts popped up along the Yucatan Peninsula cost.

But by the 1990s, Acapulco tried to revitalize its popularity and it started to rise.

Acapulco’s greatest attraction, I think, was a show I saw at La Quebrada. It featured cliff divers. There were other cool stuff like the Botanical Gardens, San Diego Fort, and the Palma Sola Archaeological site. I won’t forget the beaches.

The Bay of Acapulco offers water sports galore, including snorkeling, diving, and boat trips.

If diving is your cup of tea, head to the shore of Roqueta Island.

I did notice that visitors and vendors crowded Acapulco’s beaches. I found myself doing a little traveling. I headed down to Barra Vieja, then north to Pie de la Cuesta. They were both quiet locations.

What about the resort town of Veracruz?

Veracruz is popular — especially among domestic travelers.
But there are international travlers, too.

If you want to get to a massive celebration in Veracruz, head there 9 days before Ash Wednesday. It is the largest carnival celebration then, with parades, costumes, music, kids activities, dancing, and folklore shore.

If the party is not for you, there are several museums, beaches, a waterfront walk, fortress, lighthouse, and many other attractions.

There is also the option to do a boat tour. It travels out to Cancuncito or the nature reserve Sacrifice Island. You could also head to the mangrove forests. All you need to do is employ a lancha.

Although dining in both cities will be a treat, you may like Acapulco a little more because it is well known for a bustling nightlife.

There are 1st class buses traveling from Mexico City to Acapulco and Veracruz. The routes are toll highways, going from city to coast.

It takes about 5 to 6 hours to go from Mexico City to Acapulco by bus. It takes about 5.5 hours to get to Veracruz.

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