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Travellers’ Choice Awards
Travellers’ Choice Awards

Best of the Best Destinations

Top Destinations - Mexico

You’ve probably got one or two of these destinations on your list of dream vacays. What can we say? People love them—and for very good reason.

The Travellers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


It’s not just for spring-breakers. Cancun, with its golden beaches and perfect climate, is the premiere coastal destination in Mexico. And while there is certainly a 365-day party available for college students, resorts cater well to families and to those seeking solitude. This Yucatan paradise is also the gateway to the ruins of Tulum and Chichén Itzá.
Great for
 Nature and Wildlife Tours
 After dark
 Archaeology Tours
 Snorkeling
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enrique was amazing! We are definitely requesting him again to bring us back at the end of our trip. Efficient and safe driver.
    447sydneyf
    @447sydneyf
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best tour! We were part of Ramiro, Bianca René and Mario's Tour! great food, stories, communication, a very comfortable ride! I would only suggest to anyone who reads this, please take a bottle of water to Chichen Itzá!!! the heat over there is crazy! Tour guides were the best always offering move beverages, water, coke, beer, they were the best! when I come back I'll definitely be looking for ekinox again!
    972marylias
    @972marylias
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Chaya restaurant’s food is every bit as good as the service you receive, which is outstanding!! In our six day stay we ate at Chaya everyday , and every waiter we had, from Roberto to Sammy to Adrian and the rest, all were outstanding at delivering 1st class service and food to match. In addition, Mr Eric Porter, the leader of the dining areas, personally visited our table, spoke with us for several minutes and offered my wife & I some delicious dinner drinks. What a treat from Eric!! Simply a first class facility with service members to match !,
    Tommylf57
    @Tommylf57
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a family of 4, we enjoyed a week long vacation. We ventured out to Isla de la Mujeres and Cenote Azul. The rest of the time we were at the resort and they had plenty of activities (gym 7a-8p). I loved the beach front yoga classes daily at 8am, water aerobics classes at noon, kayaking, ping pong and volleyball. If you want to take it easy, there is a relaxation pool where they deliver food and drinks to you and since the customer service is excellent, they constantly check on you and refill your drinks. The lifeguards make sure kids are always supervised by an adult. My favorite part of the gorgeous beach. Beach walks at night and early morning. Favorite restaurant: Gaucho, portofino and world cafe. My favorite dishes Guacamole, crepes and salads. As for meat lovers (lamb at portofino) and sea food lovers (sushi, sashimi at Japanese restaurant, oysters, mussels) Favorite desert (soufflé at Gaucho restaurant). I stayed at the grand fiesta America (next door to dreams which has a wonderful spa) dreams has 3 pools, and more activities and dining options. They are open for long hours also.I highly recommend dreams.
    Ilovecancun62024
    @Ilovecancun62024
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alberto was a wonderful host and gave us a fantastic experience. Shopping at the local market and helping prepare our delicious meal was memorable. Special shout out to Lily, Alberto’s mom. Highly recommended experience.
    peterlU9306EV
    @peterlU9306EV
    Reviewed June 2024

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Playa del Carmen is distinct among Yucatan beach towns both culturally and commercially. While its beaches are similar to other destinations', its nightlife and hotel culture is hipper in the European and American style, blending the traditional Mexican locale with a more permissive and opulent array of tourist options.
Great for
 After dark
 Archaeology Tours
 Snorkeling
 Scuba Diving
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You'll find crashing waves off Cabo's Pacific coast and sheltered, calm water on the Sea of Cortez. Given those options, Cabo has built a rare reputation for both excellent outdoor sports (big-game fishing, diving and kayaking, among others) and pure beach relaxation. Of course, there's also great nightlife. Cabo’s resorts, hotels and inns cater to everyone from honeymooners to families to Hollywood stars seeking a weekend getaway.
Great for
 After dark
 Bars
 4WD Tours
 Whale Watching
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Dozens of nightclubs, hundreds of restaurants and some of Mexico's best beaches await you in Puerto Vallarta. The original colonial town still shines through an endless selection of shopping, art galleries, water and land activities, and hotels. Walk the malecon (boardwalk) and just try to take it all in.
Great for
 After dark
 Ziplining
 4WD Tours
 Snorkeling
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Rising from the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. World-class museums, restaurants and parks rub shoulders with the remains of several cultures. The nightlife, the shopping and the history make it a must-see regardless of your travel style.
Great for
 After dark
 Historical Tours
 Bars
 Archaeology Tours
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Tulum is relaxation and romance with an ancient angle. Guests can enjoy modern takes on traditional Mayan massage and spa treatments, or sunbathe on gorgeous Yucatan beaches within site of well-preserved ancient ruins. A rare mix of beach, archeology and village, Tulum is a romantic getaway like no other.
Great for
 Nature and Wildlife Tours
 After dark
 Bars
 Archaeology Tours
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Picture this: pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, and a laid-back vibe fit for a tropical holiday. Costa Mujeres has all the natural beauty of nearby Cancun, with fewer distractions (don't worry—there are still plenty of beachside bars). Here, you can take a boat to the nature reserve at Isla Contoy to do some rare bird watching and snorkel at the underwater sculpture gardens of MUSA. You can also venture off the resort when lunchtime rolls around, and you'll be glad you did—fresh seafood and authentic Mexican classics await.
Great for
 Nature and Wildlife Tours
 Resorts
 Archaeology Tours
 Spas
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In Nuevo Nayarit, you can lounge on the golden-sand beaches of Banderas Bay… or take an ATV tour through the nearby Sierra Madre jungle. A local water park has great twisting slides and sea lion shows… or you could treat the children to a memorable swim with dolphins. (It'll make for a great "What I did over summer holiday" report.)
Great for
 Nature and Wildlife Tours
 After dark
 Resorts
 Day Trips
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High in the cool hills, this colonial gem of cobblestone streets and picturesque churches inspires artists with its colour, character and light. Baroque, neoclassical and neogothic mix in the city's buildings, notably at the pink stone 18th-century church on the Plaza Principal. Founded in 1542, the city is a mix of Hispanic and Mesoamerican influences.
Great for
 After dark
 Art Tours
 Historical Tours
 Cultural Tours
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Yearning for the laidback feel of a rural fishing village with white sand beaches, combined with the luxuries and mild year-round weather of the Mexican Riviera? Punta Mita has all this plus championship golf, diving, sport fishing, surfing, sailing, sea kayaking, whale watching, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, Jeep tours, and rainforest excursions. Walk into town for beachfront restaurant dining and Pacific Ocean sunsets. Kids can safely swim at Playa El Anclote, where the rock jetties calm the shallow waters near restaurant row. Surf El Anclote’s long slow waves. Or seek out those special surfing spots along the coast, like near Punta Sayulita. Enjoy kayaking. Take the family sailing. Tee off overlooking the breezy blue waters of the Pacific Ocean at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Pacifico Course, rated among the best in Latin America. Pacifico is renowned for its optional 19th hole, the “Tail of the Whale,” a 199-yard par-three where you tee off over the Pacific Ocean onto a large island green. The Bahia, another Nicklaus-designed championship course, has six ocean holes, and is lined by beach sands and gated resort properties controlling course access. The Bahia Banderas (Bay of Banderas) and north towards Sayulita is great for fishing and diving volcanic tunnels, or just watching whales, dolphins, turtles, and ocean birds. Snorkel colour-splashed shallow reefs. Spend a day on a ponga, a motorized open-bow fishing boat in search of mahi-mahi (dorado), pugnacious pargo (big cubera snapper), Pacific sailfish, fighting roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, and bonita. From Islas Marietas and El Morro to La Corbetena and El Banco, the diving opportunities are numerous.
Great for
 Jet Boat Hire
 Half-day Tours
 Spas
 Snorkeling
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