June 5 2009 by Casey Bower
Have you been putting off that much needed trip to Mexico where countless beach destinations and a culture rich in history is just waiting to be explored? Well, the waiting is over. On May 15, the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted the warning against non-essential travel to Mexico due to the swine flu outbreak.
Both the State Department and CDC recommend U.S. residents at high risk for influenza continue to take precautions when traveling, however, it has been determined that the number of swine flu cases in the U.S. and other countries is not related to travel to Mexico.
If you are anything like me, this is very exciting news! As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the best travel spots in the world. I love the culture, I love the food and I love all the amazing attributes that make it the perfect place for vacationing. The warm climate, breathtaking beaches, historical attractions, rich culture and delicious cuisine are exactly the types of qualities I look for when traveling (doesn't everyone?). In addition, the varied destination options are limitless! From the ancient ruins of the Mayans to hot spots like Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas to the bustling capitol of Mexico City, Mexico has an ideal spot for any kind of traveler.
So, now that Mexico travel is back on, where are you going to go? Here are some of my favorites:
Cabo San Lucas
Located at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo is often referred to as "Paradise for those on a Budget." Crystal clear water, sandy beaches, resorts, a variety of outdoor sports right at your fingertips and spectacular natural scenery make it a great honeymoon spot or place to relax with the family.
Mexico's beloved capital is not only a historical hotspot, but also a lively, fast paced big city. With one of the largest city parks in the world and over 12 active archeological sites, there is plenty to see. There is a Six Flags amusement park and all the futbol you can handle.
Pick a ruin...any ruin
If there's one thing Mexico has, it's history. The country is full of Aztec, Mayan and Olmec ruins including extraordinary temples, pyramids and shrines of ancient civilizations. I recommend visiting the Yucatán peninsula as it has numerous surviving remains of Mayan civilizations and active archeological zones. It also has a year round humid climate, which makes for a paradise-like environment and a variety of luxurious beaches.
The wait is over - so get out and enjoy all that Mexico has to offer. I hope the country creates a special place in your heart as it has in mine.