Mexico has always been a popular tourist attraction for Americans, Canadians and others.
It provides tremendous archaeological attractions for those who enjoy learning more about the past, and it is famous for its picturesque beaches and comfortable weather conditions. The latter point is especially attractive to those from northern North America. However, many travelers do also want to be safe. Fortunately, seven destinations stand out for being both safe and attractive.
Americans should note that, regardless of where in Mexico they are considering visiting, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result is required to return to the United States.
Cancun provides an enviable blend of history, as evidenced by its proximity to Mayan ruins, and beauty, which can be enjoyed along its 14 miles of beaches. If you are looking for a resort-type stay, you cannot go wrong with a trip to Cancun. Plus, take into account that resorts tend to offer safer environments as they generally need to follow a number of COVID-19-related guidelines to operate.
Playa del Carmen
Just 40 miles south of Cancun is a locale that focuses less on resort-style stays and more on offering a more truly Mexican culture. However, with that said, do keep in mind that Playa del Carmen is still a popular tourist attraction in its own right, and you should also expect that environment if you decide to travel here. One of the advantages that Playa del Carmen has over Cancun is its easy non-resort beach access.
Tulum, which is another 40 miles down the coast from Playa del Carmen, is so beautiful that it is a place where Mayan kings had gone for solitude and relaxation. This community, like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, is located in the state of Quintana Roo, which is under an orange advisory. That means that resorts, hotels, beaches and other attractions are generally open but at a limited capacity.
Puerto Escondido, on Mexico’s southern coast 450 miles south of Mexico City, is a great place to go to enjoy natural beauty while having few issues engaging in social distancing as it is more hidden than more well-known Mexican tourist attractions. This place is most famous for its incredible surfing opportunities and as a stop on the Pacific Coast backpacker route.
Los Cabos is a municipality that is home to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo at the southern tip of Baja California, more than 1,000 miles south of Tijuana and San Diego, and it has long been one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations. It provides both resorts and more homey stays, many of which are within walking distance of its 20 miles of beaches.
Ninety-five miles north of Cabo San Lucas is La Paz, which is most known for Malecon Road. This street borders its harbor and both offers an active night life and some amazing work done by Mexican artists. Those who are animal lovers will be particularly impressed by how many marine-based ones are viewable from La Paz.
Another 220 miles to the north is Loreto, a historic place that was the first Spanish settlement in Baja California. This is a safe place to go if you are looking for a more laid-back experience in Mexico. It also provides the access to the sea and to the whales and dolphins who swim there that many visitors desire. However, do note that hotels here and throughout Baja California Sur are operating at a fraction of their capacities.