The Baja Peninsula, high on Mexico's north-western tip and just
south of San Diego and Los Angeles, is renowned for its beautiful
landscapes and the accompanying climate, which delivers
near-constant sunshine, low humidity and sea breezes that keep the
temperature from getting too hot. The other big attraction is the
superb marine wildlife found in the Sea of Cortez; legendary diver
Jacques Cousteau once described it as the "world's aquarium".
Further south on Mexico's vast Pacific coastline, well-known
glitzy resorts such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco share space
with smaller, more exclusive towns, villages and hotels. Make for
this stretch of coast if you enjoy wilder and more rugged scenery -
the Pacific coast is generally more low-key and relaxed than either
the Yucatan or the Baja California beach options, and is ideal for
surfers and lovers of barefoot eco-chic.
And speaking of the Yucatán, Cancun, with its international
airport, may be the jumping-off point for the peninsula but we will
whisk you south to what is known as the Riviera Maya, and one of
the romantic, exclusive and just plain beautiful beach hotels.
There is plenty here for discerning culture vultures, diving fans
and lovers of jungle and wildlife with elegant colonial haciendas,
historic towns such as Merida and Campeche, and fascinating Mayan