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These Destinations in Mexico Should Be on Your Radar

By: Joe Pike

For those clients who are no strangers to visiting Mexico, travel advisors offer some info on Mexican hot spots that are still considered off-the-radar.


Sayulita, just 22 miles form Puerto Vallarta, is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit.

And Sally Smith, co-owner of The Travelsmiths, said it is also a very well-kept secret by surfers.

“Sayulita is a bohemian surf town with a relaxed and laid-back vibe,” she said. “It offers beautiful beaches, great surfing conditions, and a lively town center with boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. Just a great spot

The capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mérida is a vibrant city with a rich Mayan heritage and colonial architecture. It may been known among frequent Mexico travelers, but still remains out of the main stream.

“It is known for its lively markets, delicious cuisine, and cultural events,” said Smith. “Visitors can explore historic sites like the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, indulge in local delicacies, and experience traditional music and dance.

“We have been sending clients there for the past few years,” continued Smith. “What an amazing experience. It is so much better than taking a 3.5 hour ride from Cancun on a hot day, getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise over Chichen Itza.”

So, what’s a good place to stay in Merida?

“It is a magical experience when you have a private entrance from the Mayaland [Hotel & Bungalows],” said Smith. “The Lodge at Uxmal is an outstanding old world Mexican hotel also run by the Barbachano family, who makes the best private tequila I have ever tasted. Food is outstanding, also truly a true Mexican experience.”

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The St Somewhere resort in Holbox.


Holbox Island is a cool Mexico spot just off the Yucatan Peninsula. Margaritaville just put in a new resort there in the form of the Margaritaville St. Somewhere By Karisma Punta Coco.

“Holbox is a charming and unique destination that offers a range of attractions and experiences that make it worth visiting,” said Danielle Stephens, an advisor with Unique Romance & Adventure Travel.

The Coco B Isla hotel in Mexico.

Isla Mujeres

A short boat ride from Cancun will get you to Isla Mujeres. This is a place for Cancun visitors looking to take a day trip away from the larger crowds.

“I would say a definite new trend is Isla Mujeres itself,” said Ian Petrulli, vice president of Holiday Travel International & Complete Travel Service. “With the new Secrets Isla Mujeres, there is definitely a buzz among our clients. One of our agents just visited Secrets Isla Mujeres, and was in love.

“Although the beach may not be the best,” continued Petrulli, “our clients are craving the small island experience that Isla Mujeres has to offer.”

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