With its balmy Caribbean climate, spectacular beaches and friendly, laid-back culture, Mexico is an ideal destination for those in search of sun and relaxation – even as its dramatic landscape of deserts, jungles and volcanoes, intriguing archaeological remains and wealth of outdoor activities make it perfect for adventure-seekers. This colourful and endlessly diverse country has plenty to offer, whatever your interests – so choose a hotel near the area you wish to explore and get ready to make the most of it.
For starters, Mexico's long coastline and warm, turquoise waters make it a paradise for surfing, sailing and other water sports. Divers and snorkelers flock to destinations such as Cancun, Ciudad del Carmen and Cozumel to witness the teeming marine life that surrounds the region's coral reefs; there are also many opportunities to dive in cenotes, the deep cavern-like pools that dot the nearby landscape.
If you're staying in Cancun, you can also check out the intriguing Underwater Museum, which consists of over 400 statues placed on the seabed. Alternately, head to the Los Cabos and San Lucas area on the Baja Peninsula for amazing opportunities to dive with whale sharks, manta rays and other gentle giants of the deep.
Mexico is also a thrilling country to explore on dry land, with a rich blend of history and culture. The ancient Mayan ruins at sites such as Chichen Itza and Tulum (on the Yucatan Peninsula, not too far from Cancun) and Teotihuacan (just outside Mexico City) offer atmospheric glimpses into the country's complex past, or alternately, admire the fascinating artefacts on display in the country's world-class museums, such as the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
Nature lovers can take to the trails and explore the lush forests and desert plains of the interior, including fabulous national parks such as that at Copper Canyon, in the state of Chihuahua, and the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl Zoquiapan National Park outside Mexico City, where you can climb the country's two most famous volcanoes – the dormant Itza and active Popo.
Once you've had your fill of the great outdoors, Mexico's towns, cities and resorts boast a fabulous array of dining, shopping and nightlife. Be sure to try some of the fiery national cuisine; shop for unique, handcrafted souvenirs in local markets; and if you're lucky, catch a local festival or seasonal celebration, such as the festivities surrounding Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead).
Ready to experience Mexico first-hand? Choose from a range of Mexico hotels by Marriott today and start planning your adventure.