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Golf at the Four Seasons Riviera Nayarit

This colorful country continues to be high on the list of travelers, a year-round destination that never ceases to surprise those who venture south of the border. Here’s a (short-ish) things of things to do in Mexico… Some might seem familiar, others, not so much. Enjoy!

  1. Swim with the whale sharks in Holbox (Mexican Caribbean).
  2. Snack on crunchy grasshoppers (chapulines) delicately seasoned with lime, garlic, onion, salt, and chile and sautéed in hot oil. Seriously: they’re crispy and delicious and super high in protein.
  3. Play a round of golf at the Four Seasons Punta Mita Pacífico course and hit a ball on the optional hole 3B named “Tail of the Whale,” located on a black-lava island only accessible by golf cart at low tide. During high tide, you’ll have to make do with hole 3A.
  4. Watch a giant serpent shadow snake down the sides of the Chichén Itzá pyramid in the Yucatán during the summer equinox.
  5. Head out to deep water off of Ixtapa on the Pacific coast and snag a sailfish or a marlin.
  6. Take a dip in the X’Kekén (sh-ke-kEn) underground cavern pool—it’s artificially lit and the water is very pure. The cavern itself is massive with stalactites hanging from the ceiling.
  7. Meet members of the Huichol tribe in the Sierra Mountains outside of Puerto Vallarta, who have been diligent in keeping themselves pure from outside influences since the time of the Conquest.
  8. Marvel at the Peña de Bernal, the third-largest stone monolith in the world after the Rock of Gibraltar and Brazil’s Pan de Azúcar.
  9. Check out the largest man-made pyramid in the world, an Aztec temple buried in the earth under a Spanish church in the town of Cholula.
  10. Swim under the waves to Hidden Beach in the Riviera Nayarit’s Islas Marietas, accessible only through a long water tunnel that links the beach to the Pacific Ocean.
  11. Check out Las Pozas, an extraordinary sculpture garden created by an eccentric English poet in the small town of Xilitla in the southern part of the state of San Luis Potosí.
  12. Help a batch of baby sea turtles make it out to sea in Cancún during their summer hatching season.
  13. Visit the Monarch Biosphere Reserve in the eastern part of Michoacán state—it’s breathtaking.
  14. Hit the Carnaval in Mazatlán in February, the third largest carnival celebration in the world.
  15. While you’re there, tuck into a plate of aguachile, their famous dish of raw shrimp cooked in lime juice, chile, and red onions. Yum.
  16. Visit the chocolate factories of Oaxaca—the aroma alone is life-changing.
  17. Photograph the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, San Miguel de Allende’s famous parish church with its intricate pink spires and neo-Gothic design.
  18. Tour Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul (Blue House) in Colonia del Carmen in Coyoacán, a suburb of Mexico City. It’s now a popular museum and a must in the city.
  19. Stop for some carnitas (crispy fried pork) tacos from the tianguis (marketplace) in Ajijic. Actually, just buy a bag and munch away.
  20. Shop for silver (make sure it has the .925 stamp of authenticity).
  21. Head to the mummy museum in Guanajuato—these are actually naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around the city in 1833.
  22. Twirl to the strains of danzón music in the Plazuela de la Campana in the historic district of Veracruz.
  23. Shop for gorgeously colored and intricately woven textiles at the Mercado in San Cristobal de Las Casas.
  24. Spend a morning—or two or three—browsing through Mexico City’s massive National Museum of Archaeology. Spend the afternoons in Chapultepec Park.
  25. Kayak with nine different species of whales (in season) in the pristine waters around the islands of the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park.
  26. Dive the cliff walls off the coast of the island of Cozumel, also home to the world’s second-largest coral reef.
  27. Book a stay at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, built around the country’s oldest bullring (don’t worry, they don’t use it like that anymore).

No kidding: we could go on and on. The list of things to do in Mexico is truly endless. You’re just going to have to go check it out for yourself! Make sure you call SkyMed Travel to help plan your vacation—they’ll not only create the perfect getaway for you, but you’ll also get a FREE SkyMed Essentials Membership when you book: in case of critical illness or injury while away from home, SkyMed will take you home!

Serpent head stairway in El Castillo Pyramid Chichén Itzá.


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