A good vacation is born from the moment you decide the destination you want to visit. But how can we make sure that our vacation will be a complete success?

We conducted a survey of 1,000 Mexicans to find out their preferences when traveling and to find out which are the favorite cities in Mexico. We review all nominations and identify the most frequently mentioned locations. Discover these destinations to relax, have fun and enjoy a dream vacation.

  1. Cancun

Cancun favorite place

Landscape in Cancun. Photo by: Darren Tierney / Shutterstock.com

Place known worldwide for its climate that invites adventure, beautiful beaches, surrounding islands, a wide tourist offer. Gastronomy, culture and above all fun.

What to do?

  • Visit beaches such as: Chac Mool, Playa Delfines, Playa Langosta, Playa Caracol, in addition to Isla Mujeres, Holbox or Akumal.
  • Explore archaeological zones such as Chichén-Itzá or Tulum.
  • The nightlife is spectacular without neglecting its crafts at Mercado 28. Learn about the best deals on flights to Cancun .

2. Riviera Maya

Along the Caribbean Sea there are 140Km of beautiful beaches. Fantasy beaches, islands, more than 400 hotels for all kinds of budgets. Endless adventures and places to explore.

What to do?

  • Visiting Puerto Morelos is one of the attractions.
  • Explore the Cozumel Reef National Park. Perfect for snorkeling, windsurfing and diving.
  • Discover the Sian Ka’an Reserve, a world heritage site. Gastronomy is another incredible aspect, in addition to being recognized worldwide.

3. Puerto Vallarta

Destination of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta. Photo by: Diego Grandi / Shutterstock.com

The main area of ​​Vallarta is just a window to the great adventure of surrounding islands and beaches. A paradise with perfect weather, beautiful sunsets. Located in the Pacific it is ideal for ecotourism, art and culture.

What to do?

  • Start with its Municipal Market, enjoy a “pregnant fish”, meet crafts made by artists
  • Take a boat ride and visit the nearby beaches such as Las Animas, Colomitos, Los Muertos, Yelapa among others.
  • It runs along its extensive boardwalk and enjoys majestic sunsets. Subsequently, explore its bars and clubs.

4. Mexico City

The heart of the Republic, so that culture, art, gastronomy and entertainment are guaranteed. City of contrasts, the most important events in the country, cradle of cinema, legends and activities recognized worldwide.

What to do?

  • Start with the zócalo, around it you have churches, palaces, buildings that house the history of Mexico.
  • The Teotihuacán pyramids, museums and modern art.
  • Enjoy the diverse gastronomy, from a chilaquiles cake, to dishes prepared by international chefs.

5. Puebla

Beautiful city of Puebla

Puebla, Mexico. Photo By: Bo Arrington / Shutterstock.com

Known for the friendliness of its people, colorful wealth, stories and legends that enchant or frighten. Picturesque, architectural beauty, waterfalls, pools and magical towns.

What to do?

  • Take the bus to visit the most important places in the city, know its cathedrals, historical parks and museums.
  • Visit Cholula and its talavera factory, go hiking through its mountains and volcanoes.
  • You will certainly find the best mole proposals in the world.

6. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

It is surrounded by mountains, it is a fishing village with its main attraction which is the beautiful bay. Family flirt with beautiful beaches, ideal for aquatic activities, rucos and fresh fish.

What to do?

  • Playa Linda, Palmar and Isla Ixtapa are required when you are there. Sport fishing is a recurring, fun and relaxing activity.
  • The quad-bike and bicycle rides are perfect for the whole family.
  • At Las Carmelitas, you find epazote curd cheese and all kinds of typical dishes.

7. Huatulco

Sunset in Huatulco

Huatulco, Mexico. Photo by: Nailotl / Shutterstock.com

Fantasy bays and a refreshing breeze. In its 35Km of extension it houses nine bays, declared a protected reserve. Reef spot and water activities for the whole family.

What to do ?

  • Get on board and explore its bays early, from the beautiful sunrises to its imposing sunsets.
  • 36 unspoilt beaches for sunbathing.
  • Meet the Turtle Museum, the coffee farms, Copalitilla Waterfalls.

8. Merida

City that offers peace and tranquility. Mayan heritage and colonial beauty, rich cuisine, delicious music, flamboyant culture. It was named the capital of culture in America.

What to do?

  • Get to know the Plaza Mayor, where you can taste drinks such as champola and sorbet.
  • Discover the Great Museum of the Mayan World and the cenotes of Homun.
  • Visit the Canton Palace, full of art and culture, stroll in a calender.
  • Taste the liquor of x’tabentún and get to know the papadzules, traditional dishes.

9. Monterrey

Favorite city of Monterrey

Landscape in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Photo by: Danilo Ascion / Shutterstock.com

Industrial city, first line, cosmopolitan and important economic center. Green areas, historical monuments and spectacular landscapes.

What to do?

  • Explore the Sierra Madre, Cerro de la Silla, Cerro de Las Mitras and its incredible panoramic views.
  • Walk its cobbled streets and old houses in Barrio Antiguo.
  • Visit the Fundidora Park, the Horno 3 Steel Museum.
  • For lovers of adventure and vertigo, there are various activities on the outskirts of the city. Discover the variety of hotels in Monterrey.

10. Nuevo Vallarta

It is part of the Riviera Nayarita, an extension of beautiful beaches, waters with pleasant temperatures and a great hotel and gastronomic proposal.

What to do?

  • The hotels offer complete packages to enjoy its beautiful beaches, activities for the whole family, as well as exclusive restaurants and spas to relax with a rich massage.
  • Enjoy whale watching, dolphin reserve, excursions and of course, water activities.

11. San Luis Potosí

Architectural beauty, biodiversity, culture, full of art, but certainly perfect for those seeking adventure and relaxation in the Huasteca Potosina.

What to do?

  • Discover ecological reserves, outdoor adventures and amidst beautiful vegetation.
  • It is the state with the most waterfalls in the country, so, know the Sótano de las Golondrinas in the Huasteca Potosina.
  • Royal Visit of Fourteen. The Edward James Surreal Garden and horseback riding to Cerro del Quemado.

12. Tijuana

The most visited border in the world, multicultural in its vicinity with San Diego, California. Internationally known for its roast beef tacos, and proximity to the ports of Rosarito and Ensenada, BC.

What to do?

  • The Rio Zone offers an excellent gastronomic proposal and craft beer, one of the favorites of the locals.
  • Avenida Revolución offers all kinds of crafts, bars and clubs to tourism.
  • A few kilometers away you can find Valle de Guadalupe, where most of the wine consumed in the country is produced.

13. San Cristóbal de las Casas

Magical town surrounded by pine and oak trees. It is surrounded by mountains and fog. Cultural mosaic, colonial architecture and an atmosphere that embraces.

What to do?

  • As a world heritage site, it offers the beauty of its cathedral, the former Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the markets and squares.
  • Visit the Amber Museum.
  • Appreciate the colorful hand-woven textiles in Zinacantán.

14. Morelia

Morelia city

Beautiful city of Morelia, Michoacán. Photo by: ingridagrants / Shutterstock.com

Historical center of the most important in the country. Solid and diverse architecture, one of the best preserved. Cobblestone and picturesque streets. More than 1,300 buildings are a world heritage site.

What to do?

  • Visit Los Azufres, with hot springs and horseback riding.
  • Get to know its museums, monuments and historical sites built with pink stone.
  • The rich typical food is found mainly in Zirita.

15. Tuxtla Gutiérrez

It shows us diversity in civil and religious architecture, as well as surroundings that invite adventure. Modern city with natural wonders and magical towns that surround you.

What to do?

  • Visit the imposing Sumidero Canyon, as well as Lagos de Montebello.
  • Get to know the Plaza Marimba, the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and of course its cathedral.
  • In its markets, taste a delicious soup made from chipilín grass.

These places have been preferred and recommended by Mexicans. Mexico certainly has infinity of incredible destinations, but which one would you say is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Mexicans choose their favorite destinations in Mexico