Saturday, January 20, 2018

Top 3 Hidden Gems of Mexico


Mexico is one of the closest and cheapest destinations, thus being one of the most convenient. All you need to do is pop into your car and drive there. Just keep your passport close to you because it’s a different country. Your US car insurance is not valid there either, so you will need to get a Mexican insurance policy for the duration of your stay.
You’ve probably visited or wanted to visit places like Mexico City, Cancun, Acapulco or Tijuana, and probably seen and heard a lot of Americans there. These destinations are definitely a must-see, but if you’ve already had a chance to meet the major Mexican sites and had enough of omnipresent compatriots, maybe it’s time dig a bit deeper and discover some not so well known gems of this country. There are places which are not so popular and overcrowded with tourists, yet are safe and worth visiting.

Riviera Nayarit

The reason why this wonderful place is omitted from the list of Mexico Top Destinations may be the fact that its infrastructure isn’t all that good, so it lacks things such as modern roads or drinkable tap water. If you’re into surfing, the coast north of Puerto Vallarta with towns such as San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Bucerias or Sayulita will offer you some of the best waves in the whole of Mexico.
And that’s not all, there you’ll find the funky urban streets, boutique hotels, and cute local bistros. If, however, you are a luxurious traveler, you can opt for Four Seasons or St. Regis hotels in Punta Mita. One thing is certain, whatever your cup of tea might be, the best beach in the area and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world is on the Marieta Islands. It’s a hidden beach and in order to reach it you have to swim through a cave and then under the island, but it’s absolutely worth it!

Bacalar

If, on the other hand, you prefer calmer waters and sports such as paddle boarding, waterskiing, and the likes, this is the right place for you. Bacalar is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Mexican state Quintana Roo, along with a freshwater lagoon. Its turquoise waters are no less enchanting than the neighboring Caribbean Sea, and are incredibly calm, as already mentioned.
This is another place that is not overrun by modern infrastructure, as it’s actually an ecological stronghold. Ultra-modern building and development were rejected in favor of the surrounding jungle preservation. The town is well-known for its eco-friendliness, so there is even a movie about it made in 2011. It’s called Bacalar and it’s talking about the town’s environmental care and preservation.

Campeche

If you’re not only into a beach holiday but as a bit of history on top of it, go for Campeche. This colonial town is also located on the Yucatan Peninsula, near Cancun and Cozumel. It boasts white sand beaches and gulf breezes. But more than that, this town is actually on UNESCO World Heritage List. And thanks to what? Well, believe it or not, among other things, thanks to the pirates overrunning the town.
Namely, in the the17th century, this Spanish town was under the pirate attacks, so in order to fortify it against them, the Spaniards built numerous forts, buildings, and cannons made of stone. Over a thousand of these epic edifices are still standing today, and in 1999, thanks to the preservation of the baroque-style architecture, the town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This port city was originally named San Francisco de Campeche, and consisted of two parts, the fortified one, where the Spaniards lived, and the surrounding neighborhoods outside the walls where the native people lived.  These neighborhoods still boast the churches from that period which are as old as 500 years, so there’s definitely a lot to see.


To contact Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance
San Diego, CA, USA
800-466-7227

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