Mexico and Central America

Travel Guide
Playa La Audiencia featuring a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes

Travel here for warmth all-around, with hot weather, spicy food, tropical beaches and warm-hearted residents. See reminders of ancient civilizations too.

Visit Mexico and the Central American countries for fabulous beaches and much more. Find history, culture, ancient ruins and delicious food.

Mexico’s beaches are justifiably famous. On the western Pacific Ocean coastline, see cliff divers in Acapulco, stay in a private bungalow with a pool in Puerto Vallarta and watch marine wildlife in Cabo San Lucas. Cozumel and Cancun on the eastern Yucatan peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico offer lovely sand beaches with access to reef diving and nearby Mayan ruins.

Moving south, appreciate impressive art and architecture in Mexico City. See the folk ballet and visit museums ranging from anthropological to artistic, including the famed Museo Frida Kahlo. Eat spicy meals on a food tour and purchase hand-crafted silver jewelry. Climb the 2,000-year-old pyramids of the pre-Columbian site, Teotihuacan.

Continuing south from Mexico, visit Guatemala. Here, find places across the nation where you can wake to watch the sun rise over Mayan temples and pyramids. See numerous volcanoes across the country and swim in blue-green limestone pools in the isolated area of Semuc Champey.

Snorkel, learn to dive or add to your scuba certifications through dive programs on Roatan and Utila off the coast of Honduras.

Although Costa Rica is relatively small, the country has 20 national parks. Join an ecotourism tour to observe wildlife and natural vegetation. Watch nesting sea turtles, fish for tarpon and venture into the rainforest.

Nicaragua is a narrow country with beaches on both east and west coasts. Inland, see volcanoes, islets and old Spanish cathedrals. Stay in Granada to kayak on Lago Nicaraugua and visit the Mombacho Volcano.

In Panama, learn about the long and difficult path to the construction of the 48-mile (77-kilometer) Panama Canal. Watch huge ships move through the locks of the 100-year-old structure that enables a marine “shortcut” between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Enjoy the variety of cuisines across the countries. Sample fresh seafood, stuffed empanadas, peppery sauces and desserts made from sweetened milk.

If you’re staying in any Central American country for a lengthy period, take an immersion language program in Spanish at the beginning of your travels. Since Spanish is the primary language for the entire region, you will be able to speak with friendly local residents as you cross borders between countries.

Popular cities in Mexico and Central America

Palacio de Bellas Artes showing a park, a statue or sculpture and heritage architecture
Mexico City
Known for Historical, Museums and Cathedrals
Ancient architecture, vibrant culture and a bustling street-life all combine to make Mexico City one of the world’s most exhilarating and exciting cities to visit.

Reasons to visit

  • Zocalo
  • Alameda Central
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia showing art and interior views
Mexico City
Known for Historical, Museums and Cathedrals
Find out what makes Mexico’s capital city pulse by exploring its lively neighborhoods, expansive parks, museums and ancient ruins.

Reasons to visit

  • Zocalo
  • Alameda Central
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Gobierno showing heritage architecture, a city and a square or plaza
Guadalajara
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums
Intriguing architecture, mariachi music and mouthwatering food will have you falling in love with one of Mexico’s largest cities.

Reasons to visit

  • Guadalajara Cathedral
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Hospicio Cabanas
Zocalo Square showing night scenes
Puebla
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Churches
One of the oldest cities in Mexico fascinates visitors with its Spanish colonial buildings, creative cuisines and artistic output.

Reasons to visit

  • Puebla Cathedral
  • Zocalo Square
  • Rosario Chapel
Paseo de Montejo which includes night scenes and a monument
Mérida
Known for Historical, Ruins and Museums
Mérida awaits: its ruins, museums, entertainment and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Casa Montes Molina Museum
  • Paseo de Montejo
  • Casa Frederick Catherwood
Cancun showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and landscape views
Cancun
Known for Dining, Beach view and Sea
Relax by the pool, dive through subaquatic caves and learn about the region’s fascinating past through museums and archeological sites.

Reasons to visit

  • Cancun Interactive Aquarium